Charging your iPad Mini 4 from a power outlet in Latvia

A guide showing how to power the iPad Mini 4 with a Latvian power outlet using an Apple USB Lightning connector with a double pinned Type C USB charger and how to power the iPad Mini 4 using a Type F Schuko power charger.

Latvian power outlet

Differing voltages and standards can often be confusing when planning on visiting a foreign country, especially to the first time traveller. This page was written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPad Mini 4 abroad.This page contains a simple guide showing you how to supply power to the iPad Mini 4 when going to Latvia using their standard F or C type Latvian 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. When travelling to Latvia from a different country please make sure your iPad Mini 4 can be charged using a 240v supply. If your iPad Mini 4 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts make sure that your iPad Mini 4 is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to prevent the device from overheating whilst powering it up. If you plan on taking a trip to a Latvian place such as Riga refer to the Latvia entry on wikipedia [1] for more indepth information. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 9 or greater on the iPad Mini 4.

Charging the iPad Mini 4 in Latvia

Can the iPad Mini 4 be used in Latvia?

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

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

If travelling to more than one country or bringing more than just your iPad Mini 4 then the best travel adapter for Latvia is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Letts use two different types of power outlets (types F and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by switching the supplied plugs. If your iPad Mini 4 supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these USB power adapters, plus additional support for certain power hungry devices.

This will allow you to power more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack multiple power adapters or using up additional power sockets. Only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the overall size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage. Because of their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple phones and tablets without needing an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling to Latvia we recommend buying a versatile power adapter like this at your preferred electronics retailer - the travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Latvia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips 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 to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 best selling compact power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Latvia 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 North America using type B plugs and offers the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Latvia. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad Mini 4 in Latvia?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 4 from a Latvian power outlet

Using the Apple USB Lightning connector and a 2 pin Europlug Type C power adapter to power the iPad Mini 4 with a Latvian power outlet.

  1. In order to power your iPad Mini 4 from a Latvian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], the USB cable is normally already supplied with your iPad Mini 4.
  2. Start by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the Latvian power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the two round holes next to each other.
  3. Plug in one end of the Lightning cable into the mains power charger 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 Latvian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging, typically taking roughly one to five and a half hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 4 from a Latvian power outlet

Powering the iPad Mini 4 with a Latvian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Instructions showing how to charge your iPad Mini 4 with a Latvian power outlet with the Apple USB Lightning connector with a 2 pin Schuko Type F power adapter.

  1. If you want to power the iPad Mini 4 using the Latvian power outlet you'll need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this USB cable is typically supplied with your device by Apple).
  2. Start by plugging the Type F USB power adapter into the wall supply. The sunken round plug supply, also known as a Schuko plug, can be identified by the two circular holes 19 mm next to each other where the live and neutral pins go along with two metal grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Apple charging 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 is found at the bottom of the iPad Mini 4.
  4. Switch on the Latvian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad Mini 4 will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 4 is powering up which typically takes roughly one-five and a half hours to recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini 4 with a Latvian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Latvia entry on wikipedia
  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, 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, costs 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, 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).