How to charge your iPad Mini 2 from a power outlet in Wales

How to connect a Welsh power outlet to the iPad Mini 2

Welsh power outlet

Various region codes and plugs can often cause confusion when planning on visiting a foreign country to the first time traveller. This guide has been written to assist visitors wanting to charge their iPad Mini 2 when they're going abroad.When you are visiting Wales these useful instructions show charging your iPad Mini 2 by using the standard 230 volt 50Hz G Type power outlet, with the Welsh using a BS 1363 13 amp plug for charging. If travelling to Wales from a different region check your iPad Mini 2 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check that the iPad Mini 2 is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged during charging. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini 2.

Charging the iPad Mini 2 in Wales

Can you use the iPad Mini 2 in Wales?

Yes, you can use the iPad Mini 2 in Wales by using a power convertor.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad Mini 2 in Wales?

If travelling with more than your iPad Mini 2 or visiting multiple countries then the best travel charger for Wales is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the included heads over. If your iPad Mini 2 is compatible with Fast Charge (note not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these types of USB travel chargers plus additional compatibility with more power hungry devices. Unlike other adapters this will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to pack individual travel adapters or occupying additional power outlets. Because you are only packing a single international USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple phones, tablets and e-readers without needing an additional power outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of versatile power charger at an electronics retailer; the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Wales

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPad Mini 2, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These travel adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Wales and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Wales.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers 5 USB charging ports. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, D,E/F, G, H, I, L and N making it ideal for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Wales.
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad Mini 2 in Wales?

Powering the iPad Mini 2 with a Welsh power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Using a Lightning cable with a Type G power adapter to charge the iPad Mini 2 with a Welsh power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad Mini 2 using the Welsh power outlet you'll need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (typically already supplied with the device).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type G USB power adapter in the Welsh power outlet. This wall supply (technically called a Type G power outlet [3]) can be identified by the three vertical slots with shutters forming a triangular shape.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB Apple Lightning power cord into the bottom of the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Turn on the Welsh power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging and takes between one to four hours to recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini 2 with a Welsh power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom - Wales Wikipedia web page
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1595/en_US/ipad_user_guide.pdf - Official iPad user guide
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeG.htm - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - Provides power from a type G mains power supply
  5. USB to Apple Lightning cable - The Apple Lightning cable is a charging and syncing cable for more recent Apple devices and connects compatible iPhones and iPads to a USB port
  6. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters