How to charge the iPad Mini 2 when planning a trip to Austria

Using the Lightning Apple cable with a double pin Type C Europlug power charger to recharge the iPad Mini 2 with an Austrian power outlet and powering the iPad Mini 2 using a double pin Type F Schuko power plug.

Austrian power outlet

Varying different voltages and standards can all be confusing when planning to stay in another country to the first time traveller. This isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets used in the world this article tells you exactly what to buy in advance to charge the iPad Mini 2 . This page contains a step by step guide showing what you'll need to power the iPad Mini 2 when you're visiting Austria by using the F or C type Austrian 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, you will find most Austrians will use Type F power outlets. If travelling to Austria from a different country make sure the iPad Mini 2 can accept a 240v supply. If your iPad Mini 2 originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check the iPad Mini 2 is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from overheating when charging it. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini 2.

Charging the iPad Mini 2 in Austria

Can the iPad Mini 2 be used in Austria?

Yes, you can use the iPad Mini 2 in Austria by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPad Mini 2 in Austria?

If you are travelling with more than just your iPad Mini 2 then the best travel adapter for Austria to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Austrians use two different standards of plug sockets (types F 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 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the heads over. If your iPad Mini 2 is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these types of USB power chargers, along with additional support for certain power hungry devices like tablets. This will allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple travel chargers or using up additional wall outlets. Because you are only needing to bring a single lightweight travel charger will keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when you return home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers with only a single power outlet.

If you travel to Austria we recommend buying this type of flexible power adapter at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Austria

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPad Mini 2, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unstable power grids. These travel adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Austria 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 functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a flexible 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 Austria.
What is the best travel adapter for the iPad Mini 2 in Austria?

Charging the iPad Mini 2 from an Austrian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Using a USB Lightning cable and a double pin Type C Europlug power charger to recharge the iPad Mini 2 from an Austrian power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the iPad Mini 2 from an Austrian power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple typically supply this USB cable when you purchase your iPad Mini 2.
  2. Start the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by two circular holes adjacent to each other.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB Lightning power cord into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Turn on the Austrian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up taking between 60 to 240 minutes to recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPad Mini 2 from an Austrian 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 2 from an Austrian power outlet

The Wiki Connections guide on how to recharge the iPad Mini 2 with an Austrian power outlet with a Lightning cable and a two pinned Type F power adapter.

  1. If you want to charge your iPad Mini 2 using an Austrian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple normally supply this USB cable when you purchase the iPad Mini 2).
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type F USB power adapter into the Austrian power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the two round adjacent holes, plus a pair of metal grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB power charger 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 Austrian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad Mini 2 will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging taking around one-four hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 2 from an Austrian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Austria - Austria wikipedia page
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1595/en_US/ipad_user_guide.pdf - Official iPad user guide
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet
  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
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  7. Type F USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type F mains power outlet
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters