How to charge the iPad Mini 2 when visiting Reunion

Using a USB Lightning cable and a double pin Type E USB charger to recharge the iPad Mini 2 with a Reunionese power outlet.

Reunionese power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of voltages and standards can all be confusing when planning to stay in another country to the first time traveller. If you're going to Reunion the following instructions show how to charge the iPad Mini 2 using a standard 220 volt 50Hz E Type plug outlet, the Reunionese will use CEE 7/5 French sockets for charging. When you are travelling to Reunion from another country please check your iPad Mini 2 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts double check your iPad Mini 2 is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to prevent the device from overloading when charging it. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini 2.

Charging the iPad Mini 2 in Reunion

Can the iPad Mini 2 be used in Reunion?

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

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad Mini 2 in Reunion?

If travelling with more than just your iPad Mini 2 then the best travel adapter for Reunion to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the included plugs. If your model of iPad Mini 2 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these types of USB power chargers, along with support for certain power hungry devices like tablets. Having a 4 port adapter will also allow you to power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring individual power adapters. By only packing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage as well as being convenient for recharging your iPad Mini 2 at an airport or on a plane. Due to their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when you return home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without using up an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling frequently we suggest buying an adaptable travel adapter similar to this online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Reunion

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting regions with unstable power supplies. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Reunion and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 option for travellers originating from America visiting Reunion.
  • 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 from America using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for almost half 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Reunion.
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad Mini 2 in Reunion?

Charging the iPad Mini 2 from a Reunionese power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

Using a Lightning connector and a two pinned Type E power charger to charge the iPad Mini 2 from a Reunionese power outlet.

  1. To power the iPad Mini 2 from a Reunionese power outlet you will need to use a Type E USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple should normally include this cable when you buy the iPad Mini 2.
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type E USB power adapter into the Reunionese power outlet. You can identify this power outlet by two 4.8mm circular holes 19mm adjacent to each other and a single long metal earth pin protruding from the top in a triangular pattern.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Switch on the Reunionese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 2 is charging, typically taking roughly 1-4 hours to recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPad Mini 2 from a Reunionese power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R%C3%A9union - Reunion 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/typeE.htm - Type E power outlet
  4. Type E USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type E mains power outlet
  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. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters