Charging the iPad Mini when staying in Tristan da Cunha

Using a Lightning connector with a Type G USB charger to power the iPad Mini with a Tristanian power outlet.

Tristanian power outlet

Differing combinations of voltages and plug types can often lead to confusion when planning to stay in another country especially to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of common standards being used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what to purchase in advance to power the iPad Mini in Tristan da Cunha. If travelling to Tristan da Cunha the following useful instructions show how to supply power to the iPad Mini using the 240 volt 50Hz G Type Tristanian wall outlet, the Tristanians will use 13 amp plugs for charging. You'll find that power sockets are different depending on which region you travelling to so we recommend that you read our Wikiconnections global power supplies list for a full list of destinations. When you are travelling to Tristan da Cunha from another country check the iPad Mini can accept a 240v supply. If the iPad Mini was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure that your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to prevent the device from overheating when powering up. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in Tristan da Cunha

Can the iPad Mini be used in Tristan da Cunha?

Yes, you can use the iPad Mini in Tristan da Cunha.

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad Mini in Tristan da Cunha?

If you are travelling with more than just your iPad Mini and visiting more than one country then the best travel adapter for Tristan da Cunha is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by changing the heads over. If your iPad Mini can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these types of power adapters, plus additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other adapters this means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to buy multiple power chargers on your Tristanian trip or occupying additional wall outlets. Because you are only packing a single USB travel charger will also keep the size down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage and suitable for charging your iPad Mini at an airport or on the flight. Because of their versatility these types of power adapters can be used when you return home so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend searching for an adaptable power adapter like this online; the multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Tristan da Cunha

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPad Mini, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unstable power grids. These power adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Tristan da Cunha using type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This gives the same set of features as the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a generous 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 perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Tristan da Cunha. [6] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad Mini in Tristan da Cunha?

How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPad Mini from a Tristanian power outlet

Using a Lightning connector with a Type G USB charger to power the iPad Mini with a Tristanian power outlet.

  1. To charge your iPad Mini using the Tristanian power outlet you'll need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - the cable is normally already supplied with your device by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type G USB power adapter and plugging it into the Tristanian power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by three vertical holes forming a triangular configuration.
  3. Connect one end of the Lightning power cord into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad Mini.
  4. Switch on the Tristanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up which typically takes between one to four hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPad Mini from a Tristanian power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Tristanian Wikipedia web page
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - A Type G USB charger has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin, priced between $10 to $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / under C$15).
  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, priced at between $10 to $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$15).
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, between $15 to $20 USD (under £15 GBP / under C$20).