How to charge the iPad Mini 4 when staying in Ethiopia

Using an Apple USB Lightning cable with a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter to recharge your iPad Mini 4 from an Ethiopian power outlet, how to recharge the iPad Mini 4 using a two pin Europlug Type C USB adapter and how to recharge the iPad Mini 4 using a Schuko Type F USB adapter

Ethiopian power outlet

Varying different combinations of voltages and standards can often be confusing when planning to travel to a different country if you've never visited before. These instructions were written to assist visitors wanting to charge their iPad Mini 4 when they are travelling abroad.When you're going to travel to Ethiopia this page has useful instructions showing you how to charge the iPad Mini 4 using their E, C, F or L type 220 volt 50Hz power outlets. When you are visiting Ethiopia from a different country check that your iPad Mini 4 can accept a 240 volt supply. If the iPad Mini 4 originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure that the iPad Mini 4 is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to avoid the device from overheating when charging it. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 9 or greater on the iPad Mini 4.

Charging the iPad Mini 4 in Ethiopia

Can the iPad Mini 4 be used in Ethiopia?

You can connect the iPad Mini 4 to an Ethiopian power outlet by using a power convertor.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPad Mini 4 in Ethiopia?

If travelling with more than your iPad Mini 4 then the best international travel power adapter for Ethiopia to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Ethiopians use four different types of plug sockets (E, C, F and L) 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 will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by switching the plugs. If your iPad Mini 4 is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, and additional support for certain power demanding devices. Unlike other chargers 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 adapters. Because you are only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when you return home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones, tablets and e-readers with only a single plug socket.

We suggest buying this type of versatile travel adapter online - the power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Ethiopia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPad Mini 4, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is useful for travellers to regions with unstable power grids. These travel converters are 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 international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact option for travellers originating from America visiting Ethiopia.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This offers almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with just 1 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Ethiopia. [12] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPad Mini 4 in Ethiopia?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 4 from an Ethiopian power outlet

Using a USB Lightning cable with a Europlug Type C power charger to power your iPad Mini 4 from an Ethiopian power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the iPad Mini 4 using an Ethiopian power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple should usually supply this cable when you first purchase the iPad Mini 4.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the Ethiopian power outlet. This unearthed wall supply (called a Europlug or Type C power outlet [3]) is recognised by the two round holes next to each other.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple USB Lightning charging cable into the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 4. The iPad Mini 4 lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Mini 4.
  4. Switch on the Ethiopian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up which takes roughly 60-300 minutes to recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 4 from an Ethiopian power outlet

How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 4 from an Ethiopian power outlet

Using an Apple USB Lightning cable with a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter to recharge your iPad Mini 4 from an Ethiopian power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your iPad Mini 4 from the Ethiopian power outlet you'll need to use a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will typically include the USB cable with your iPad Mini 4.
  2. Plug in the Type E USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify this wall supply by two 4.8mm round adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins slide into and one metal earth pin protruding in the top forming a triangular shape.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB Apple Lightning power cord into the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 4. The iPad Mini 4 lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad Mini 4.
  4. Turn on the Ethiopian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up which takes roughly 60-300 minutes to recharge.
How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 4 from an Ethiopian power outlet

Charging the iPad Mini 4 from an Ethiopian power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

Using a USB Lightning cable with a 2 pinned Schuko Type F power charger to power your iPad Mini 4 from an Ethiopian power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPad Mini 4 from the Ethiopian power outlet you'll need to use a Type F USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will normally include the USB cable with your iPad Mini 4.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type F USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This sunken circular power outlet can be identified by two large circular adjacent holes next to each other and grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple USB Lightning charging cable into the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 4. The iPad Mini 4 lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Mini 4.
  4. Switch on the Ethiopian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up, typically taking around one to five and a half hours to recharge.
Charging the iPad Mini 4 from an Ethiopian power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

How to use a Type L power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 4 from an Ethiopian power outlet

Using an Apple USB Lightning cable with a 3 pinned Type L USB adapter to recharge your iPad Mini 4 from an Ethiopian power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the iPad Mini 4 using an Ethiopian power outlet you will need to buy a Type L USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple should usually supply this cable with your iPad Mini 4.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type L USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can recognise the flattened hexagon shaped power outlet by 3 holes in a line. You'll find there are two types of Type L power outlet, one rated at 10 amps and one at 16 amps. The 10 amp version has 4mm pins spaced 5.5mm apart and a 16 amp version has larger 5mm pins which are spaced 8mm apart.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple USB Lightning charging cable into the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 4. The iPad Mini 4 lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Mini 4.
  4. Switch on the Ethiopian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up which takes roughly 60-300 minutes to recharge.
How to use a Type L power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 4 from an Ethiopian power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Ethiopia country page on wikipedia.org
  2. Apple - iPad Mini 4 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 at between $10 to $15 USD (under £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, under $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$20-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, estimated price between $10 to $15 USD (under £10 GBP / under C$15).
  8. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  9. Type F USB power adapter - Type F USB chargers are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, between $10 to $15 USD (around £15 GBP / under C$15).
  10. iec.ch - Type L power outlet
  11. Type L USB power adapter - Earthed Type L USB chargers comprise of three 4mm pins placed in parallel 5.5mm apart, priced at between $10 to $15 USD (under £15 GBP / under C$15).
  12. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated price between $10 to $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).