How to charge your iPad Mini from a power outlet in San Marino

Instructions showing how to charge the iPad Mini from a Sammarinese power outlet with a USB Lightning Apple connector and a three pin Type L USB adapter, powering the iPad Mini using a Europlug Type C USB adapter and how to charge the iPad Mini using a double pin Type F Schuko USB adapter

Sammarinese power outlet

Various region codes and plugs can often cause confusion when planning on staying in a foreign country to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of common standards used in the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power the iPad Mini in San Marino. If you are visiting San Marino these useful instructions show charging your iPad Mini by using the standard types F, C or L 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. When you are visiting San Marino from a different country make sure the iPad Mini can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure that the iPad Mini is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to stop the device from over-heating whilst powering it. If you are planning on visiting a Sammarinese destination like Dogana refer to the San Marino Wikipedia web page [1] for more information. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in San Marino

Can you use the iPad Mini in San Marino?

Yes, you can use the iPad Mini in San Marino by using the correct power convertor.

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

If travelling to multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for San Marino is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Sammarinese use three different types of plug sockets (types F, C and L) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by switching the plugs. If your model of iPad Mini can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these power chargers along with additional compatibility with more power demanding devices. Having a four port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device at once without needing to pack seperate power adapters or using up additional wall sockets. By only packing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets with only a single wall outlet.

If you travel frequently we suggest buying a versatile travel adapter like this at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for San Marino

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, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be necessary for visitors of regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America going to San Marino.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise 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 practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting San Marino. [10] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad Mini in San Marino?

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

Using an Apple Lightning cable and a Europlug Type C USB adapter to charge your iPad Mini from a Sammarinese power outlet.

  1. To supply power to your iPad Mini from the Sammarinese power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple normally include this cable with your iPad Mini).
  2. Insert the Type C USB power adapter in the Sammarinese power outlet. You can recognise the power supply by 2 round adjacent holes where the live and neutral plug outlet pins go.
  3. Plug in the USB 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. The iPad Mini lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Mini.
  4. Turn on the Sammarinese 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 is recharging and takes between 1 - 4 hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from a Sammarinese power outlet

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

Using an Apple USB Lightning connector and a double pin Type F Schuko USB adapter to power your iPad Mini from a Sammarinese power outlet.

  1. In order to charge your iPad Mini using a Sammarinese power outlet you will need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple normally include this cable with your iPad Mini.
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type F USB power adapter in the power outlet. This circular plug outlet, sometimes called a Schuko outlet, can be recognised by the two large circular adjacent holes next to each other, plus a pair of two thin grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple USB Lightning power cord into the power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Mini.
  4. Switch on the Sammarinese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Mini is recharging taking roughly one to four hours to recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini with a Sammarinese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Charging the iPad Mini from a Sammarinese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type L USB adapter

Using an Apple Lightning cable and a Type L USB adapter to charge the iPad Mini with a Sammarinese power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad Mini using the Sammarinese power outlet you'll need to use a Type L USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will normally include the cable when you first purchase your iPad Mini).
  2. Firstly you'll need to plug in the Type L USB power adapter into the wall outlet. You can identify the flattened hexagon shaped power supply by 3 large round adjecent holes forming a line. You'll find there are two different types of Type L plug outlet, one rated for 10 amps and one for 16 amps. The 10 amp plug outlet has 4mm pins which are spaced 5.5mm apart, whilst the 16 amp version has slightly larger 5mm pins which are spaced 8mm apart.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB Apple Lightning power cord into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Mini.
  4. Switch on the Sammarinese 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 is charging, typically taking around 60-240 minutes to recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPad Mini from a Sammarinese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type L USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - San Marino Wikipedia web 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 around $10 USD (£5-£10 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, between $10 to $15 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, between $10 to $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / under C$20).
  8. iec.ch - Type L power outlet
  9. Type L USB power adapter - Earthed Type L USB chargers comprise of three 4mm pins placed in parallel 5.5mm apart, costing between $10 to $15 USD (around £5 GBP / under C$20).
  10. 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).