Charging the iPad Mini 4 from a power outlet in Laos

A step by step guide showing how to recharge your iPad Mini 4 with a Lao power outlet with the Apple USB Lightning cable and a Type E USB charger, charging the iPad Mini 4 using a double pin Type C USB adapter and charging the iPad Mini 4 using a double pin Type F power adapter

Lao power outlet

Various combinations of region codes and voltages can often be confusing when planning on travelling to a new country, especially for the first time traveller. These guidelines have been specifically written to prevent visitors worrying if they'll be able to charge their iPad Mini 4 abroad.When you are visiting Laos the following useful instructions show how to power your iPad Mini 4 by using their types F, C or E 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. Most power supplies will vary regionally therefore we suggest reading the Wikiconnections world power connections guide where you'll find a complete list showing powering devices in different regions and countries. When travelling to Laos from another region ensure the iPad Mini 4 can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check that the 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 whilst powering it. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 9 or greater on the iPad Mini 4.

Charging the iPad Mini 4 in Laos

Can the iPad Mini 4 be used in Laos?

Yes, you can connect the iPad Mini 4 to a Lao power outlet by using a power adaptor.

What is the best travel charger for the iPad Mini 4 in Laos?

When travelling with more than your iPad Mini 4 or visiting more than one country then the best travel charger for Laos is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are three types of power outlets in Laos (F, C and E) and using a power adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the supplied heads. If your model of iPad Mini 4 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster charging times with one of these types of travel adapters and additional support for more power hungry devices.

Unlike other chargers having a 4 port charger will allow you to recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring seperate travel adapters or occupying additional wall sockets. Because you are only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage whilst travelling as well as being suitable for charging your iPad Mini 4 at an airport or on the flight. Due to their versatility these types of chargers can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones, tablets and speakers with just a single wall outlet.

If you travel on a regular basis we suggest searching for a multipurpose power adapter like this at your preferred electronics retailer - the power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Laos

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 4, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary for travellers to counties with unreliable power grids. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Laos and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact option for travellers originating from North America visiting Laos using 3 pinned 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 from America using type B plugs and is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Laos. [10] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for the iPad Mini 4 in Laos?

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad Mini 4 from a Lao power outlet

A step by step guide showing how to recharge your iPad Mini 4 with a Lao power outlet with the Apple Lightning cable and a Type C Europlug USB charger.

  1. To charge your iPad Mini 4 using the Lao power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple will normally supply this USB cable with the iPad Mini 4.
  2. Start by inserting the Type C USB power adapter into the wall supply. The wall outlet, sometimes called the Europlug, can be identified by the 2 round adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 4. The iPad Mini 4 lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Mini 4.
  4. Switch on the Lao power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging which takes roughly 60 to 300 minutes to fully recharge.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad Mini 4 from a Lao power outlet

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

Using the Apple USB Lightning cable and a Type E USB charger to power the iPad Mini 4 from a Lao power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPad Mini 4 from a Lao power outlet you will need to use a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple usually supply the cable when you buy your iPad Mini 4).
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type E USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can identify the wall supply by the two 4.8mm circular adjacent holes where the twin pins go and a long metal grounding pin protruding in the top to form a triangle pattern.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Apple power cable into the bottom of the mains power adapter 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 Lao power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the iPad Mini 4 screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up and takes roughly 1 to 4.5 hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 4 from a Lao power outlet

How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your iPad Mini 4 from a Lao power outlet

A step by step guide showing how to recharge your iPad Mini 4 with a Lao power outlet with a Lightning Apple cable and a Schuko Type F USB charger.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPad Mini 4 from a Lao power outlet you'll need to use a Type F USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the cable is normally already supplied with your iPad Mini 4).
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type F USB power adapter in the Lao power outlet. You can recognise the wall outlet by the two large round holes 19 mm apart from each other, plus two thin grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Plug in one end of the Lightning cord into the bottom of the USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 4. The iPad Mini 4 lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Mini 4.
  4. Switch on the Lao power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging which should take around 60 to 300 minutes to fully recharge.
How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your iPad Mini 4 from a Lao power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia entry about Laos
  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, around $10 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-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, between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / under C$15).
  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$15-C$20).
  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, priced under $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, around $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).