How to charge the iPad Mini when staying in Latvia

Instructions showing how to recharge the iPad Mini with a Latvian power outlet by using the Lightning Apple connector and a Europlug Type C USB adapter and how to recharge the iPad Mini using a two pin Type F Schuko USB adapter.

Latvian power outlet

Various voltages and sockets can all be confusing when planning to travel to a different country to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used in the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your iPad Mini in Latvia. The following simple guide will show you what you'll need to supply power to your iPad Mini when you are in Latvia by using the standard types F or C Latvian 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. When you are visiting Latvia from a different country check that the iPad Mini can accept a 240 volt supply. If the iPad Mini originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) make sure that your device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to avoid the device from over-heating whilst powering it. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in Latvia

Can the iPad Mini be used in Latvia?

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

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad Mini in Latvia?

When you are travelling with more than just your iPad Mini then the best international travel power adapter for Latvia to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two types of plug sockets that Letts use (types F and C) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the plugs. If your type of iPad Mini can support Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times with one of these power chargers, along with additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other chargers having a four port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy seperate power chargers or occupying additional power outlets. By only packing a single travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their versatility these types of power chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple phones and tablets without using up an additional wall outlet.

We suggest buying this type of flexible travel adapter at an electronics retailer. The power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Latvia

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 those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of regions with unstable power grids. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Latvia 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 practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Latvia. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad Mini in Latvia?

Charging the iPad Mini from a Latvian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Instructions on how to recharge your iPad Mini from a Latvian power outlet with an Apple USB Lightning cable with a Type C power charger.

  1. If you want to power the iPad Mini using a Latvian power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will typically supply this cable when you first purchase the iPad Mini.
  2. Start by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the Latvian power outlet. You can recognise the plug outlet by 2 adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins slide into.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the power cable into the USB power 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 Latvian 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 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPad Mini from a Latvian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from a Latvian power outlet

A page on how to power your iPad Mini with a Latvian power outlet by using a USB Lightning Apple connector and a Schuko Type F USB adapter.

  1. If you want to power your iPad Mini from the Latvian power outlet you'll need to use a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will typically supply this cable when you first purchase your iPad Mini).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type F USB power adapter and plugging it into the power supply. This round wall supply can be identified by the two 4.8mm round holes 19 mm apart from each other where the two pins sit along with grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Connect one end of the USB 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 Latvian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad Mini will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is charging, typically taking around one to four hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from a Latvian power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Latvian Wikipedia page
  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 at between $10 to $15 USD (around £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, between $15 to $20 USD (around £15 GBP / under 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, priced between $10 to $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / under C$20).
  8. 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).