Charging the iPad Mini when planning a trip to Macau

Instructions on how to recharge the iPad Mini from a Macanese power outlet with the Apple USB Lightning connector with a Type F Schuko power adapter, recharging the iPad Mini using a 3 pin Type G power adapter and charging the iPad Mini using a three pinned Type D power adapter

Macanese power outlet

Different combinations of region codes and voltages can all be daunting when planning on travelling to another country for the first time traveller. This page was written to help assist visitors wanting to power their iPad Mini abroad.This page has step-by-step instructions which shows how to charge your iPad Mini when visiting Macau using the Type G, D, F or M Macanese 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets, a majority of Macanese will use the Type G plug outlets. When visiting Macau from a different country please check the iPad Mini can be used with a 240 volt supply. If your iPad Mini was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v make sure your iPad Mini is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power converter to stop the device from over-heating whilst powering it up. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in Macau

Can you use the iPad Mini in Macau?

You can use the iPad Mini in Macau by using a power adaptor.

What is the best power adapter for the iPad Mini in Macau?

When you are travelling with more than your iPad Mini or visiting more than one country then the best travel charger for Macau to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are four standards of wall outlets that Macanese use (G, D, F and M) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type G.

As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your type of iPad Mini supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel adapters along with compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

Unlike other adapters this will allow you to power more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy multiple power adapters for your Macanese trip. Only bringing a single international travel charger will also keep the weight and size down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand baggage and on hand for recharging your iPad Mini at an airport or on the flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets and phones without needing an additional plug socket.

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

Alternative travel adapter for Macau

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices using USB, however 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 crucial when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Macau and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Macau.
  • 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 America using type B plugs and offers the same set of features as the BESTEK with only 1 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 more flexible 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Macau. [12] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for the iPad Mini in Macau?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from a Macanese power outlet

Using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a 3 pin Type G power charger to recharge your iPad Mini with a Macanese power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad Mini using the Macanese power outlet you will need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple usually include the cable with the iPad Mini).
  2. Insert the Type G USB power adapter into the Macanese power outlet. You can identify the power outlet by the three rectangular slots with plastic shutters in a triangular shape.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Mini.
  4. Turn on the Macanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad Mini screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up and takes around 1-4 hours to recharge.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from a Macanese power outlet

Powering the iPad Mini with a Macanese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

Using a USB Lightning Apple cable and a 3 pin Type D power adapter to power the iPad Mini from a Macanese power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPad Mini from a Macanese power outlet you'll need to buy a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - typically supplied with your iPad Mini.
  2. Start by inserting the Type D USB power adapter into the wall supply. The wall outlet, sometimes called the Type D power outlet [6], looks like 3 round holes in a triangular configuration.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Apple power cable into the bottom of the USB 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 Macanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad Mini screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is charging which should take roughly 1 - 4 hours to recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini with a Macanese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

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

Instructions on how to recharge the iPad Mini from a Macanese power outlet with the USB Lightning Apple cable with a Type F Schuko power adapter.

  1. If you want to power the iPad Mini using the Macanese power outlet you will need to use a Type F USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple usually include this USB cable with the iPad Mini).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type F USB power adapter into the Macanese power outlet. This recessed round plug supply (sometimes called the Type F power outlet [8]) can be identified by the two round adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral pins go along with two metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the mains USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Mini.
  4. Switch on the Macanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPad Mini screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging, typically taking between one-four hours to completely recharge.
Charging the iPad Mini from a Macanese power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

How to use a Type M power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from a Macanese power outlet

Using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a 3 pin Type M power adapter to recharge your iPad Mini with a Macanese power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad Mini using the Macanese power outlet you will need to buy a Type M USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will typically supply the cable with the iPad Mini).
  2. Start by plugging the Type M USB power adapter into the Macanese power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the three round holes in a triangular shape.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Apple Lightning power cable into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad Mini.
  4. Turn on the Macanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad Mini screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is charging taking around 1-4 hours to recharge.
How to use a Type M power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from a Macanese power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Macau Wikipedia 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, between $10 to $15 USD (£10-£15 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, between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$15).
  6. iec.ch - Type D power outlet
  7. Type D USB power adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D USB chargers have large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, priced at between $10 to $15 USD (under £25 GBP / under 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. iec.ch - Type M power outlet
  11. Type M USB power adapter - South African Type M USB chargers have three large circular pins in a triangular shape with the top earthed pin longer and larger in diameter, costs between $10 to $15 USD (£5-£10 GBP / around C$15).
  12. 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).