How to charge the iPad Mini when staying in Tunisia

Using the Lightning Apple connector and a two pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter to charge the iPad Mini from a Tunisian power outlet and recharging the iPad Mini using a two pinned Type E USB adapter.

Tunisian power outlet

Differing frequencies and region codes can all cause confusion when planning on staying in another country, especially if you've never visited before. If you're going to travel to Tunisia the following instructions show charging your iPad Mini using their standard types E or C Tunisian 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, most Tunisians normally use Type E sockets in their power outlets. Power sources will change regionally so please read our Wikiconnections global power supplies page for a full list showing charging devices in different regions. If travelling to Tunisia from another country please ensure the iPad Mini can accept a 240v supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) double check your iPad Mini is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from being damaged whilst powering it. If you intend to stay somewhere like Tunis or Sfax we suggest referring to the Tunisian Wikipedia page [1] for further information on visiting the area. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in Tunisia

Can the iPad Mini be used in Tunisia?

You can connect the iPad Mini to a Tunisian power outlet by using a power convertor.

What is the best power charger for the iPad Mini in Tunisia?

If travelling to multiple countries the best travel charger for Tunisia is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Tunisians use two different standards of wall outlets (E and C) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the plugs. If your model of iPad Mini can support Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these power chargers, and additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a four port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring multiple travel chargers. Only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage as well as being convenient for recharging your iPad Mini at the airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones with only a single plug socket.

For those travelling regularly we recommend searching for a flexible power charger similar to this at an electronics retailer. The travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Tunisia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of regions with unstable power grids. These travel adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Tunisia using 3 pin type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly 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 more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Tunisia. [8] [AD]
What is the best power charger for the iPad Mini in Tunisia?

Powering the iPad Mini with a Tunisian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Using an Apple Lightning cable with a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB charger to power your iPad Mini from a Tunisian power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPad Mini from the Tunisian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple should usually supply this USB cable with your iPad Mini.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it into the Tunisian power outlet. You can recognise the plug outlet by the 2 holes next to each other where the two pins slide into.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Mini.
  4. Switch on the Tunisian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up which takes roughly 60-240 minutes to recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini with a Tunisian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Powering the iPad Mini with a Tunisian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

Using an Apple Lightning cable with a 2 pinned Type E power charger to power your iPad Mini from a Tunisian power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your iPad Mini using a Tunisian power outlet you will need a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should typically include the USB cable with your iPad Mini).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type E USB power adapter and plugging it in the power supply. This round wall supply can be identified by two large circular holes 19mm adjacent to each other plus a single long metal grounding pin protruding in the top in a triangle configuration.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB Lightning charging cable into the USB power charger 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. Turn on the Tunisian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Mini is recharging and takes between one-four hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad Mini with a Tunisian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Tunisian Wikipedia page
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, priced between $10 to $15 USD (£5-£10 GBP / under C$20).
  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 $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / under C$25).
  6. iec.ch - Type E power outlet
  7. Type E USB power adapter - There are two 4.8mm pins on Type E USB chargers which are placed 19mm apart and may include a hole for an earthing pin, under $15 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$10-C$15).
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costs between $10 to $15 USD (under £15 GBP / under C$20).