How to charge the iPad Mini when planning a trip to Slovakia

A guide on how to recharge the iPad Mini with a Slovak power outlet with the Lightning Apple cable with a Type C Europlug USB charger and how to power the iPad Mini using a double pinned Type E USB plug.

Slovak power outlet

Varying different combinations of standards and plugs can all be daunting when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of common standards being used throughout the world this article shows exactly what to pick up in advance to power the iPad Mini in Slovakia. These instructions were written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPad Mini when you are going to Slovakia.When you're visiting Slovakia this page has useful instructions showing you how to power your iPad Mini using the standard Type E or C 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. When you are visiting Slovakia from another region please make sure your iPad Mini can be used with a 240 volt supply. If the iPad Mini was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure the iPad Mini is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overheating when powering up. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in Slovakia

Can you use the iPad Mini in Slovakia?

Yes, you can connect the iPad Mini to a Slovak power outlet.

Slovakia

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad Mini in Slovakia?

If travelling to more than one country the best international travel charger for Slovakia is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Slovaks use two different types of plug sockets (types E and C) and using a power charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world just by changing the included plugs. If your model of iPad Mini supports Fast Charge (note not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of power adapters, and support for more power hungry devices. This means you can recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack individual travel adapters for your Slovak trip. By only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage while travelling. Due to their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones, tablets and speakers using just a single plug socket.

We suggest buying an adaptable power adapter of this nature at an electronics retailer, the power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Slovakia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Slovakia and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting Slovakia using type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for almost half 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Slovakia. [8]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad Mini in Slovakia?

Powering the iPad Mini with a Slovak power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Using a USB Lightning Apple connector and a Type C power adapter to charge your iPad Mini from a Slovak power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad Mini from the Slovak power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple typically supply this USB cable when you purchase the iPad Mini.
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type C USB power adapter into the Slovak power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by 2 circular adjacent holes.
  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. The iPad Mini lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad Mini.
  4. Turn on the Slovak 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 iPad is powering up which should take between one to four hours to recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad Mini with a Slovak power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Charging the iPad Mini from a Slovak power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

A step by step guide showing you how to recharge your iPad Mini from a Slovak power outlet by using the Apple Lightning connector and a two pinned Type E power charger.

  1. In order to charge the iPad Mini using the Slovak power outlet you'll need to buy a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], the USB cable is usually already included with your iPad Mini by Apple.
  2. Begin by plugging the Type E USB power adapter in the Slovak power outlet. You can identify this power outlet by the two circular adjacent holes where the plug outlet pins go plus a single metal earth pin protruding from the top in a triangle pattern.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Lightning charging cord into the mains USB 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 Slovak power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad Mini screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging and takes roughly 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPad Mini from a Slovak power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org entry about Slovakia
  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, between $10 to $15 USD (£5-£10 GBP / under C$5).
  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 around $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$10-C$15).
  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, costing between $15 to $20 USD (under £10 GBP / under C$5).
  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 / under C$20).