How to charge your iPad Mini 2 from a power outlet in Portugal

Instructions showing how to charge the iPad Mini 2 with a Portuguese power outlet with the Lightning Apple cable with a 2 pinned Europlug Type C power charger and how to recharge the iPad Mini 2 using a double pin Type F Schuko USB adapter.

Portuguese power outlet

Differing region codes and plug types can all cause confusion when planning on travelling to a foreign country if you've never visited before. However this isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your iPad Mini 2 in Portugal. These instructions were written to stop visitors needing to worry if they'll be able to power the iPad Mini 2 when abroad.When going to Portugal these useful instructions show charging your iPad Mini 2 using their standard types F or C Portuguese 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, please note that Type F wall outlets will be normally used by most Portuguese. You'll discover that most power sockets vary depending on which region you're taking a trip to therefore please read the WikiConnections global power connections page for a full list showing powering devices in different destinations. If you are travelling to Portugal from a different country check your iPad Mini 2 can be used with a 240v supply. If the iPad Mini 2 originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure the device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from over-heating whilst powering it. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini 2.

Charging the iPad Mini 2 in Portugal

Can you use the iPad Mini 2 in Portugal?

Yes, you can use the iPad Mini 2 in Portugal.

What is the best power charger for the iPad Mini 2 in Portugal?

If travelling to multiple countries the best travel charger for Portugal to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Portuguese use two different types of plug sockets (types F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by switching the plugs. If your iPad Mini 2 supports Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these power adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power demanding devices. Unlike other chargers this means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to pack individual travel adapters on your trip to Portugal. Because you are only packing a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when you return home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without using up an additional wall outlet.

We suggest buying a versatile travel adapter like this at an electronics retailer. The travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Portugal

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, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Portugal using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at almost half the 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Portugal. [8] [AD]
What is the best power charger for the iPad Mini 2 in Portugal?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 2 from a Portuguese power outlet

Instructions showing how to charge the iPad Mini 2 with a Portuguese power outlet with the Lightning Apple cable with a 2 pinned Europlug Type C power charger.

  1. If you want to power the iPad Mini 2 from the Portuguese power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - this cable is usually already supplied with your device.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type C USB power adapter into the Portuguese power outlet. You can identify this wall supply by two circular holes adjacent to each other.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Switch on the Portuguese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 2 is recharging and takes between 1-4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 2 from a Portuguese power outlet

Charging the iPad Mini 2 from a Portuguese power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

Using the Lightning Apple connector and a two pin Type F Schuko USB adapter to charge the iPad Mini 2 from a Portuguese power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad Mini 2 using a Portuguese power outlet you will need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this cable is usually already supplied with your device).
  2. Plug the Type F USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This sunken circular plug outlet, sometimes known as the Type F power outlet [6] or Schuko outlet, can be recognised by two large circular holes 19 mm adjacent to each other, plus a pair of two grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB Apple cord into the USB adapter 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 Portuguese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up, typically taking around 60-240 minutes to recharge.
Charging the iPad Mini 2 from a Portuguese power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Portugal 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, around $10 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-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, priced at between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£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, estimated cost between $10 to $15 USD (around £15 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, costs between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).