Charging the iPad Mini 4 when staying in Taiwan

Instructions showing you how to power your iPad Mini 4 with a Taiwanese power outlet with a USB Lightning Apple cable with a double pin Type A power charger and powering the iPad Mini 4 using a three pinned Type B power charger.

Taiwanese power outlet

If you are packing for a trip it's helpful to know in advance if you'll be able to use any indispensable devices like mobiles and cameras that you'll be bringing with you. Without knowing which power supply is being used in Taiwan you could pack the wrong adaptor, leaving you having to buy or borrow a suitable charger when you're there. Various combinations of standards and plug types can all be daunting when planning on staying in a different country, especially to the first time traveller. These guidelines were specifically written to assist people wanting to power the iPad Mini 4 when they are going abroad.This page contains instructions showing you exactly what you'll need to charge the iPad Mini 4 when you're visiting Taiwan using their standard Type B or A 110 volt 60Hz wall outlets, please note Type B wall outlets are normally used by a majority of Taiwanese. If your iPad Mini 4 slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when you are travelling to Taiwan from another country please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Electrical devices which originated from a different country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) may take longer to charge or won't power up, check that the device is dual voltage (normally marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to ensure proper use. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 9 or greater on the iPad Mini 4.

Charging the iPad Mini 4 in Taiwan

Can the iPad Mini 4 be used in Taiwan?

Yes, you can use the iPad Mini 4 in Taiwan.

Taiwan

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

When you are travelling with more than your iPad Mini 4 the best international travel charger for Taiwan to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two types of power outlets in Taiwan (B and A) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type A.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by switching the supplied heads. If your model of iPad Mini 4 is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these USB travel chargers along with support for more power demanding devices.

Having a four port adapter means you can power more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack individual travel chargers or occupying additional wall sockets. Only needing to bring a single travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage and suitable for charging your iPad Mini 4 at an airport or on the flight. Because of their versatility these types of power adapters can be used back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets and smartphones with just a single plug socket.

If you travel to Taiwan we recommend buying this type of versatile travel charger at your preferred electronics retailer - the power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Taiwan

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Taiwan 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 most popular portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting Taiwan.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just one 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Taiwan. [8]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPad Mini 4 in Taiwan?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 4 from a Taiwanese power outlet

A guide showing how to recharge the iPad Mini 4 from a Taiwanese power outlet using an Apple USB Lightning cable and a Type A power adapter.

  1. If you want to charge the iPad Mini 4 using the Taiwanese power outlet you will need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will usually include the cable when you buy the iPad Mini 4).
  2. Begin by plugging the Type A USB power adapter into the power outlet. This ungrounded wall outlet, technically called the Type A power outlet [3], can be identified by the two slots adjacent to each other.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB 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 bottom of the iPad Mini 4.
  4. Turn on the Taiwanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the iPad Mini 4 screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 4 is powering up which should take between one to five and a half hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 4 from a Taiwanese power outlet

How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 4 from a Taiwanese power outlet

Instructions showing how to power the iPad Mini 4 with a Taiwanese power outlet with a Lightning Apple cable with a three pinned Type B power charger.

  1. If you want to charge your iPad Mini 4 using the Taiwanese power outlet you will need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple usually supply the cable when you buy the iPad Mini 4).
  2. Firstly plug the Type B USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can recognise the wall outlet by the 2 thin slots parallel to each other for live and neutral blades with a hole below for the longer grounded pin.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB cable into the bottom of the 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 Taiwanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPad Mini 4 will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging, typically taking roughly 60 to 300 minutes to completely recharge.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 4 from a Taiwanese power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Taiwanese Wikipedia web page
  2. Apple - iPad Mini 4 user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type A power outlet
  4. Type A USB power adapter - An unearthed Type A USB charger has 2 parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes near the tip of each blade, between $10 to $15 USD (£2-£3 GBP / under C$5).
  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 (around £15 GBP / under C$15).
  6. iec.ch - Type B power outlet
  7. Type B USB power adapter - 3 pinned Type B USB chargers have a single unearthed round pin along with 2 shorter parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes in the end of each blade, priced between $10 to $15 USD (around £20 GBP / under C$5).
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costs around $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).