Charging your iPad Mini from a power outlet in Curacao

A page showing how to charge your iPad Mini with a Curacaon power outlet with the Apple USB Lightning connector with a three pin Type B power adapter, recharging the iPad Mini using a Type A USB charger and how to power the iPad Mini using a Type C Europlug power charger

Curacaon power outlet

Complicated combinations of region codes and plugs can often lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country especially for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need to pick up in advance to power your iPad Mini . This page contains a simple guide telling you exactly what you'll need to power your iPad Mini when you are visiting Curacao by using their standard C, A or B type Curacaon 127 volt 50Hz plug outlets. If your iPad Mini does not power up or charges slowly when you are visiting Curacao from another country check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically electrical devices which originate from another country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts sometimes take longer to charge or won't power up, check the device is a dual voltage device (you'll find these are usually marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to ensure proper use. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in Curacao

Can the iPad Mini be used in Curacao?

Yes, you can connect the iPad Mini to a Curacaon power outlet by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad Mini in Curacao?

If you are travelling with more than your iPad Mini the best international travel charger for Curacao to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Curacaoans use three different types of power outlets (types C, A and B) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for both types A and C.

Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world simply by changing the heads. If your type of iPad Mini is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times by using one of these USB power adapters, plus additional support for more power demanding devices.

Having a four port adapter means you can recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy seperate travel chargers on your Curacaon trip. By only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the overall size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage while travelling and on hand for recharging your iPad Mini at an airport or on the flight. Due to their space saving versatility these types of chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones, tablets and speakers without using up an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling to Curacao we recommend buying this type of versatile power adapter at an electronics retailer. The multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Curacao

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 wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact option for travellers originating from America going to Curacao.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly 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 and offers 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 more 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Curacao. [10] [AD]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad Mini in Curacao?

Charging the iPad Mini from a Curacaon power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

Using the Apple USB Lightning connector with a two pin Type A power adapter to recharge your iPad Mini with a Curacaon power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad Mini using the Curacaon power outlet you'll need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will usually include this USB cable with the iPad Mini).
  2. Plug the Type A USB power adapter into the Curacaon power outlet. This unearthed plug supply (technically called the Type A power outlet [3]) is recognised by 2 thin slots adjacent to each other where the live and neutral pins slide into.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Apple Lightning cable into the mains power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Mini.
  4. Switch on the Curacaon 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 is powering up taking roughly 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
Charging the iPad Mini from a Curacaon power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

How to use a Type B power charger for charging your iPad Mini from a Curacaon power outlet

A page showing how to charge your iPad Mini with a Curacaon power outlet with the Apple USB Lightning connector with a three pin Type B power adapter.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad Mini using a Curacaon power outlet you'll need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple usually include this cable with the iPad Mini).
  2. Insert the Type B USB power adapter into the Curacaon power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the two slots where the live and neutral blades slide into with a single semicircular shaped hole below for the earth pin.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple power cable into the bottom of the USB power adapter 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. Switch on the Curacaon power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPad Mini screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is charging taking around one to four hours to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type B power charger for charging your iPad Mini from a Curacaon power outlet

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

Using a USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type C Europlug power adapter to recharge your iPad Mini with a Curacaon power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad Mini using the Curacaon power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will usually include this USB cable with the iPad Mini).
  2. Firstly you'll need to plug the Type C USB power adapter in the Curacaon power outlet. This unearthed plug supply (known as a Type C power outlet [8]) can be recognised by 2 holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple Lightning cable into the mains power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Mini.
  4. Switch on the Curacaon power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad Mini screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Mini is powering up and takes roughly 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
Charging the iPad Mini from a Curacaon power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia web page about Curacao
  2. Apple - official iPad 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, estimated cost between $10 to $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / around C$50).
  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 $15 to $20 USD (under £20 GBP / under C$25).
  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, estimated price under $10 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$20-C$25).
  8. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  9. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, estimated price around $10 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, between $10 to $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).