How to charge the iPad Mini 2 when planning a trip to Poland

A guide on how to recharge the iPad Mini 2 with a Polish power outlet with a USB Lightning cable with a double pin Type C Europlug USB charger and how to charge the iPad Mini 2 using a two pinned Type E power plug.

Polish power outlet

If packing for a vacation to Poland it's helpful to know in advance if you can power all your essential electronics like mobile phones and cameras when you're there. But without knowing which wall socket to expect you are likely to bring the wrong power charger, thereby leaving you having to buy a potentially overpriced adaptor when you're there which could be incompatible. Varying different voltages and standards can all be confusing when planning to travel to another country, especially to the first time traveller. These guidelines have been written to prevent travellers needing to worry if they can charge their iPad Mini 2 abroad.The following step by step instructions will show you exactly how to supply power to your iPad Mini 2 in Poland by using their Type E or C Polish 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, you will find a majority of Poles will use Type E wall outlets. When travelling to Poland from another country check your iPad Mini 2 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to stop the device from over-heating during charging. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini 2.

Charging the iPad Mini 2 in Poland

Can the iPad Mini 2 be used in Poland?

You can use the iPad Mini 2 in Poland by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad Mini 2 in Poland?

If travelling to more than one country then the best international travel charger for Poland is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two standards of power outlets that Poles use (types E and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the plugs over. If your iPad Mini 2 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these USB travel adapters plus additional compatibility with more power demanding devices.

Having a 4 port charger will also allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple power chargers or using up additional power outlets. Because you are only needing to bring a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage as well as being convenient for recharging your iPad Mini 2 at the airport or on a flight. Because of their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets and smartphones without using up an additional power outlet.

If you travel to different continents we recommend buying this type of flexible power adapter at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Poland

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPad Mini 2, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary for visitors of regions with unreliable power supplies. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering 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 converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Poland using type B plug sockets.
  • 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 from North America using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Poland. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad Mini 2 in Poland?

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad Mini 2 from a Polish power outlet

A guide on how to recharge the iPad Mini 2 with a Polish power outlet with a USB Lightning cable with a double pin Type C Europlug USB charger.

  1. In order to charge the iPad Mini 2 using the Polish 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 usually included with your iPad Mini 2 by Apple.
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type C USB power adapter into the Polish power outlet. You can identify this power outlet by the 2 circular adjacent holes where the twin plug outlet pins go.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple power cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Switch on the Polish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up taking between 60 to 240 minutes to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad Mini 2 from a Polish power outlet

Powering the iPad Mini 2 with a Polish power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

A guide showing you how to charge your iPad Mini 2 from a Polish power outlet using the Apple Lightning connector and a two pinned Type E power charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad Mini 2 from the Polish power outlet you'll need a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple typically supply this USB cable when you purchase your iPad Mini 2.
  2. Plug in the Type E USB power adapter in the Polish power outlet. This circular plug outlet (sometimes known as a CEE 7/7 outlet) can be identified by two large holes 19mm apart from each other and one long metal earth pin protruding in the top to form a triangle configuration.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple power cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Turn on the Polish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up which typically takes between one to four hours to recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad Mini 2 with a Polish power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia page about Poland
  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, costing between $5 to $10 USD (£5-£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, costing under $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  6. iec.ch - Type E power outlet
  7. Type E USB power adapter - There are two 4.8mm pins on Type E USB chargers which are placed 19mm apart and may include a hole for an earthing pin, priced between $10 to $15 USD (£5-£10 GBP / around C$15).
  8. 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 (£10-£15 GBP / around C$15).