Charging the iPad Mini 4 when visiting Wales

Using the Apple Lightning connector and a Type G power adapter to charge your iPad Mini 4 from a Welsh power outlet.

Welsh power outlet

Varying different region codes and sockets can all be confusing when planning on travelling to another country to the first time traveller. This isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of standards used in the world this article tells you exactly what to pick up in advance to power the iPad Mini 4 . The following step by step guide shows you how to charge your iPad Mini 4 when you're visiting Wales by using their 230 volt 50Hz Type G Welsh power outlet, the Welsh will use a BS 1363 13 amp plug for charging. If travelling to Wales from a different country make sure the iPad Mini 4 can accept a 240v supply. If your iPad Mini 4 originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) double check the iPad Mini 4 is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overheating when powering up. If you are planning on staying at a destination such as Cardiff we recommend reading the Wales country Wiki page [1] for more indepth information. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 9 or greater on the iPad Mini 4.

Charging the iPad Mini 4 in Wales

Can you use the iPad Mini 4 in Wales?

Yes, you can connect the iPad Mini 4 to a Welsh power outlet.

What is the best travel charger for the iPad Mini 4 in Wales?

If you are travelling with more than just your iPad Mini 4 and visiting more than one country the best travel power adapter for Wales is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied plugs. If your type of iPad Mini 4 supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these travel adapters plus additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices.

Unlike other travel chargers this means you can power more than one device at the same time without needing to pack seperate travel adapters on your Welsh trip or occupying additional wall sockets. By only packing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage whilst travelling as well as being convenient for recharging your iPad Mini 4 at the airport or on a plane. Because of their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple phones, tablets and speakers and using just a single wall outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible power charger 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 different countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Wales

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is crucial when visiting counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These travel converters come supplied 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 travel adaptor 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 Wales using type B American 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 offers almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Wales. [6] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for the iPad Mini 4 in Wales?

Powering the iPad Mini 4 with a Welsh power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

A guide showing you how to recharge your iPad Mini 4 with a Welsh power outlet by using a Lightning Apple cable with a Type G USB adapter.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad Mini 4 from the Welsh power outlet you'll need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will normally include this cable when you buy the iPad Mini 4.
  2. Begin the process by inserting the Type G USB power adapter into the power outlet. This plug outlet (technically called a Type G power outlet [3]) looks like three vertical slots in a triangular pattern.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple Lightning power cord 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 can be found at the base of the iPad Mini 4.
  4. Turn on the Welsh power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up which takes between one to five and a half hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad Mini 4 with a Welsh power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wales country Wiki page
  2. Apple - iPad Mini 4 user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - A Type G USB charger has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin, estimated price between $10 to $15 USD (around £15 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, around $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$10-C$15).
  6. 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).