How to charge the iPad Mini 4 from a power outlet in Portugal

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPad Mini 4 from a Portuguese power outlet using a Lightning cable with a Europlug Type C USB adapter and charging the iPad Mini 4 using a Type F USB adapter.

Portuguese power outlet

Varying different combinations of frequencies and region codes can often be confusing when planning on visiting another country especially to the first time traveller. The following useful guide shows exactly how to power your iPad Mini 4 when you're travelling to Portugal by using the F or C type 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, please be aware Type F wall outlets will be used by most Portuguese. When you are visiting Portugal from a different region please ensure that the iPad Mini 4 can accept a 240v supply. If your iPad Mini 4 originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts make sure that your device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to stop the device from overheating when powering up. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 9 or greater on the iPad Mini 4.

Charging the iPad Mini 4 in Portugal

Can you use the iPad Mini 4 in Portugal?

Yes, you can use the iPad Mini 4 in Portugal by using a power convertor.

What is the best power charger for the iPad Mini 4 in Portugal?

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

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the included heads over. If your iPad Mini 4 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of power chargers, along with additional support for certain power demanding devices.

This means you can charge more than one device at the same time without needing to buy seperate power adapters or using up additional wall outlets. Only packing a single international USB travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage. Because of their space saving versatility these types of adapters can be used when you return home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets and smartphones and using only a single wall outlet.

We suggest buying this type of versatile travel adapter at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Portugal

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power 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 adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power adapter for travellers originating from America visiting Portugal using 3 pin type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs and is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 ideal for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Portugal. [8] [AD]
What is the best power charger for the iPad Mini 4 in Portugal?

Charging the iPad Mini 4 from a Portuguese power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPad Mini 4 from a Portuguese power outlet using a Lightning cable with a Europlug Type C USB adapter.

  1. In order to charge your iPad Mini 4 using a Portuguese power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], typically already supplied with your device.
  2. First plug in the Type C USB power adapter into the Portuguese power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by the 2 round holes adjacent to each other.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the mains power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 4. The iPad Mini 4 lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Mini 4.
  4. Switch on the Portuguese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up, typically taking roughly 1-4.5 hours to fully recharge.
Charging the iPad Mini 4 from a Portuguese 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 4 from a Portuguese power outlet

Using the Lightning Apple cable with a Schuko Type F USB adapter to charge your iPad Mini 4 from a Portuguese power outlet.

  1. To power the iPad Mini 4 from the Portuguese power outlet you will need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should typically include the cable when you first purchase your iPad Mini 4).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type F USB power adapter into the power outlet. This sunken circular plug outlet can be recognised by the two large round adjacent holes for live and neutral and two thin metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Apple Lightning power cord into the USB 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 bottom of the iPad Mini 4.
  4. Turn on the Portuguese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 4 is recharging taking around 60-300 minutes to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 4 from a Portuguese power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Portugal entry on Wikipedia.org
  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, estimated cost 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, 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, between $15 to $20 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).