How to charge the iPad Mini 2 when planning a trip to Eritrea

Simple instructions showing you how to charge your iPad Mini 2 from an Eritrean power outlet using a Lightning cable and a double pinned Europlug Type C power charger and how to charge the iPad Mini 2 using a three pinned Type L USB plug.

Eritrean power outlet

Varying different combinations of standards and plugs can all cause confusion when planning to visit a different country, especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of common standards used throughout the world this article shows exactly what to pick up in advance to power the iPad Mini 2 . This guide was written to prevent you having to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPad Mini 2 abroad.If you are planning a vacation to Eritrea this page has instructions showing powering your iPad Mini 2 by using the L or C type 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets. You will discover most power supplies will change from region to region so we recommend that you read the WikiConnections travel power connections page where you'll find a complete list of regions. If you are visiting Eritrea from a different country please ensure that the iPad Mini 2 can be used with a 240v supply. If the iPad Mini 2 came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check the iPad Mini 2 is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to prevent the device from being damaged when powering up. If you intend on visiting an Eritrean destination such as Asmara or Assab we also recommend referring to the wikipedia.org entry about Eritrea [1] for further information on the location. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini 2.

Charging the iPad Mini 2 in Eritrea

Can you use the iPad Mini 2 in Eritrea?

Yes, you can connect the iPad Mini 2 to an Eritrean power outlet.

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad Mini 2 in Eritrea?

When you are travelling with more than your iPad Mini 2 and visiting more than one country the best travel adapter for Eritrea to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two different standards of plug sockets that Eritreans use (L and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the plugs over. If your iPad Mini 2 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these travel adapters, plus compatibility with more power hungry devices. This means you can recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack individual travel adapters for your Eritrean trip. By only bringing a single USB travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage and suitable for recharging your iPad Mini 2 at an airport or on a plane. Due to their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple phones and tablets without using up an additional power outlet.

If you travel to Eritrea we recommend searching for this type of flexible power adapter online. The travel adapter illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Eritrea

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPad Mini 2, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Eritrea 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 North America visiting Eritrea using type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Eritrea.
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad Mini 2 in Eritrea?

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

Simple instructions showing you how to charge your iPad Mini 2 from an Eritrean power outlet using a Lightning cable and a double pinned Europlug Type C power charger.

  1. In order to power the iPad Mini 2 using the Eritrean power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the USB cable is usually already included with your iPad Mini 2 by Apple).
  2. Begin by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it into the power supply. You can identify the plug supply by two circular adjacent holes.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB mains 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 Eritrean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 2 is charging, typically taking roughly 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini 2 with an Eritrean power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Charging the iPad Mini 2 from an Eritrean power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type L USB adapter

Instructions showing how to power your iPad Mini 2 with an Eritrean power outlet by using a USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type L power adapter.

  1. In order to charge the iPad Mini 2 using an Eritrean power outlet you'll need to use a Type L USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (usually already included with your device by Apple).
  2. Insert the Type L USB power adapter in the Eritrean power outlet. You can identify this squashed hexagon shaped plug supply by three large circular holes in a line. There are two types of Type L plug supply, one rated for 10 amps and one for 16 amps. A 10 amp version has 4mm thick pins which are spaced 5.5mm apart, whilst a 16 amp version has larger 5mm thick round pins spaced 8mm apart.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Turn on the Eritrean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 2 is charging, typically taking roughly 1-4 hours to fully recharge.
Charging the iPad Mini 2 from an Eritrean power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type L USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eritrea - wikipedia.org entry about Eritrea
  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/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C 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. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeL.htm - Type L power outlet
  7. Type L USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type L mains power outlet
  8. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters