Charging the iPad Mini 4 from a power outlet in Barbados

Using a Lightning Apple cable and a 2 pin Type A USB charger to charge your iPad Mini 4 with a Barbadian power outlet and charging the iPad Mini 4 using a three pin Type B power adapter.

Barbadian power outlet

If packing for a holiday to Barbados it can be helpful to know in advance if you'll be able to power any common electronics such as mobile phones or tablets when you get there. But by not knowing which plug socket to expect you are likely to bring the wrong adaptor, meaning having to purchase a potentially expensive adaptor on arrival that could be incompatible and damage the iPad Mini 4. Various combinations of voltages and sockets can often lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country especially to the first time traveller. When you are travelling to Barbados these instructions show powering the iPad Mini 4 by using their standard Type B or A 115 volt 50Hz wall outlets, please note Type B power outlets will be normally used by most Barbadians. If your iPad Mini 4 slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when travelling to Barbados from a different region please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically electrical devices which come from a country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) may take longer to charge or won't turn on, check that your iPad Mini 4 is dual-voltage (usually marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to ensure proper use. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 9 or greater on the iPad Mini 4.

Charging the iPad Mini 4 in Barbados

Can you use the iPad Mini 4 in Barbados?

You can use the iPad Mini 4 in Barbados.

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

If you are travelling with more than your iPad Mini 4 the best international travel adapter for Barbados to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Bajans use two different standards of wall outlets (types B and A) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type A. Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your type of iPad Mini 4 supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times by using one of these USB power adapters, plus additional support for more power demanding devices.

Unlike other adapters having a four port adapter will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power adapters or occupying additional wall outlets. Because you are only needing a single USB travel charger will keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage and on hand for recharging your iPad Mini 4 at an airport or on your flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

We recommend searching for a versatile power charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer. The travel charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Barbados

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Barbados and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting Barbados.
  • 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 America using type B plugs. This gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Barbados. [8]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad Mini 4 in Barbados?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 4 from a Barbadian power outlet

Using the Apple Lightning connector with a two pin Type A power adapter to power the iPad Mini 4 with a Barbadian power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPad Mini 4 from a Barbadian power outlet you'll need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], typically already included with the device by Apple.
  2. Insert the Type A USB power adapter into the Barbadian power outlet. You can identify this plug supply by the two adjacent slots where the plug outlet blades slide into.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the mains power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 4. The iPad Mini 4 lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Mini 4.
  4. Switch on the Barbadian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPad Mini 4 screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is charging taking around one to five and a half hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 4 from a Barbadian power outlet

How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 4 from a Barbadian power outlet

Using a USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type B USB charger to charge your iPad Mini 4 with a Barbadian power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad Mini 4 using the Barbadian power outlet you'll need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], usually included with the device by Apple.
  2. First you'll need to plug the Type B USB power adapter in the Barbadian power outlet. This plug supply (technically called the Type B power outlet [6]) can be recognised by 2 thin slots for live and neutral blades with a single semicircular hole below for the earth pin.
  3. Connect one end of the USB charging cord into the USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 4. The iPad Mini 4 lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad Mini 4.
  4. Turn on the Barbadian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 4 is powering up taking roughly 60 to 300 minutes to fully recharge.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 4 from a Barbadian power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Barbadian country Wiki page
  2. Apple - iPad Mini 4 user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type A power outlet
  4. Type A USB power adapter - An unearthed Type A USB charger has 2 parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes near the tip of each blade, between $10 to $15 USD (under £3 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, priced between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / under C$15).
  6. iec.ch - Type B power outlet
  7. Type B USB power adapter - 3 pinned Type B USB chargers have a single unearthed round pin along with 2 shorter parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes in the end of each blade, between $10 to $15 USD (£20-£25 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 (around £10 GBP / under C$20).