How to charge the iPad Mini when staying in Greece

Instructions on how to recharge your iPad Mini from a Greek power outlet with the Lightning Apple connector and a two pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter and charging the iPad Mini using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter.

Greek power outlet

Various frequencies and region codes can all cause confusion when planning on staying in another country, especially if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of common standards used in the world this guide shows exactly what to buy in advance to charge your iPad Mini in Greece. The following step by step instructions tells you what you'll need to supply power to your iPad Mini when you're travelling to Greece by using the standard Type F or C 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, a majority of Greeks use Type F plug outlets. If you are travelling to Greece from a different country check your iPad Mini can be used with a 240v supply. If it was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v make sure that the iPad Mini is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from being damaged whilst powering it. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in Greece

Can the iPad Mini be used in Greece?

You can connect the iPad Mini to a Greek power outlet by using a power convertor.

Greece

What is the best power charger for the iPad Mini in Greece?

If travelling with more than your iPad Mini and visiting more than one country then the best international travel power adapter for Greece to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Greeks use two different types of wall outlets (types F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the included plugs over. If your model of iPad Mini can support Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these power chargers plus support for certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters this means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate power chargers for your Greek trip or occupying additional power outlets. By only needing to pack a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage as well as being convenient for charging your iPad Mini at the airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets and phones without using up an additional power outlet.

If you travel on a regular basis we suggest buying an adaptable power charger similar to this at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Greece

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Greece and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 compact option for travellers originating from North America going to Greece using 3 pinned 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 from the US using type B plugs and gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 suitable for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Greece. [8]
What is the best power charger for the iPad Mini in Greece?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from a Greek power outlet

A page on how to power your iPad Mini from a Greek power outlet with a USB Lightning cable with a 2 pinned Europlug Type C power charger.

  1. To supply power to the iPad Mini using a Greek power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple should usually supply this cable with your iPad Mini.
  2. Plug in the Type C USB power adapter into the wall outlet. You can recognise the power supply by 2 holes next to each other where the two pins slide into.
  3. Then connect one end of the cord into the power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Mini.
  4. Turn on the Greek power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Mini is recharging and takes between one-four hours to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from a Greek power outlet

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

A page on how to power your iPad Mini from a Greek power outlet with a USB Lightning cable with a 2 pinned Schuko Type F power charger.

  1. In order to charge the iPad Mini from the Greek power outlet you'll need to use a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (typically included with your device).
  2. Begin by inserting the Type F USB power adapter in the Greek power outlet. The recessed circular plug outlet (called a Type F power outlet [6] or Schuko outlet) can be recognised by the two large circular adjacent holes where the pins sit along with a pair of two thin metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Then connect one end of the cord into the power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Mini.
  4. Turn on the Greek power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Mini is recharging and takes between one-four hours to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPad Mini from a Greek power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org page about Greece
  2. Apple - official iPad 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 between $10 to $15 USD (£5-£10 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, around $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$10-C$15).
  6. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  7. 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, under $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$4-C$5).
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced between $15 to $20 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).