Charging the iPad Mini when planning a trip to The Grenadines

Instructions on how to recharge the iPad Mini from a Grenadines power outlet with the USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type E USB charger, powering the iPad Mini using a Type G USB plug and how to power the iPad Mini using a 2 pin Type C USB charger

Grenadines power outlet

Varying different region codes and voltages can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country especially for the first time traveller. This isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards being used in the world this article shows exactly what to buy in advance to power your iPad Mini . If travelling to The Grenadines this page has useful instructions showing charging the iPad Mini by using their standard Type G, C, E, I or K 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, please note Type G power outlets will be used by a majority of Vincentians. You'll discover that power supplies differ depending on which country you are in therefore we recommend reading the World power supplies page for a complete list of regions and countries. When travelling to The Grenadines from a different region please make sure that your iPad Mini can be charged using a 240v supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure your iPad Mini is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to prevent the device from overheating during charging. If you're planning to visit a destination such as Port Elizabeth read the The Grenadines Wikipedia page [1] for further details. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in The Grenadines

Can you use the iPad Mini in The Grenadines?

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

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad Mini in The Grenadines?

When travelling with more than just your iPad Mini the best international travel adapter for The Grenadines is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Vincentians use five different types of power outlets (types G, C, E, I and K) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for both types C and G. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world simply by changing the heads. If your iPad Mini can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB power adapters and support for more power demanding devices like tablets. This means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power adapters. By only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage and convenient for charging your iPad Mini at the airport or on your flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel adapters can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and speakers without using up an additional plug socket.

If you travel regularly we suggest searching for this type of flexible travel charger at an electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for The Grenadines

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both The Grenadines 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 portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting The Grenadines.
  • 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 and is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 The Grenadines. [12] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad Mini in The Grenadines?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from a Grenadines power outlet

Instructions on how to power the iPad Mini from a Grenadines power outlet with the Apple USB Lightning connector with a Type G USB charger.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad Mini using the Grenadines power outlet you will need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple usually include this USB cable with the iPad Mini).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type G USB power adapter into the Grenadines power outlet. This plug supply, technically called the Type G power outlet [3], can be identified by 3 vertical holes with plastic shutters in a triangular configuration for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Plug in one end of the Lightning cable into the USB charger 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 Grenadines power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging, typically taking between one-four hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from a Grenadines power outlet

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

Instructions showing you how to power the iPad Mini from a Grenadines power outlet with a Lightning connector with a Europlug Type C USB charger.

  1. If you want to power the iPad Mini using the Grenadines power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], usually supplied with your iPad Mini by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can recognise this plug supply by the two round adjacent holes where the plug outlet pins sit.
  3. Connect one end of the USB charging cord into the USB power adapter 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. Turn on the Grenadines power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Mini is powering up and takes around one to four hours to fully recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPad Mini from a Grenadines power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Powering the iPad Mini with a Grenadines power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

A guide showing how to power the iPad Mini from a Grenadines power outlet with the Apple USB Lightning connector with a Type E USB charger.

  1. To charge the iPad Mini from a Grenadines power outlet you'll need to buy a Type E USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - this USB cable is typically supplied with your iPad Mini.
  2. Start by taking the Type E USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. You can recognise this plug supply by the two large adjacent holes for live and neutral pins along with a long metal grounding pin protruding the top to form a triangle shape.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB charger 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 Grenadines power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad Mini screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging, typically taking between one-four hours to recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini with a Grenadines power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

How to use a Type K power charger for charging your iPad Mini from a Grenadines power outlet

Instructions on how to power the iPad Mini from a Grenadines power outlet with the Apple USB Lightning connector with a Type K USB charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad Mini using the Grenadines power outlet you will need to use a Type K USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], usually supplied with your iPad Mini by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type K USB power adapter into the wall supply. The power supply, technically called the Type K power outlet [10], looks like 3 large holes in a triangle shape and the bottom hole appearing in a semicircle shape.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the mains USB charger 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 Grenadines power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging, typically taking between one-four hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type K power charger for charging your iPad Mini from a Grenadines power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - The Grenadines Wikipedia page
  2. Apple - official iPad 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, priced between $10 to $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / around C$15).
  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 (around £15 GBP / under C$15).
  6. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  7. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, around $10 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  8. iec.ch - Type E power outlet
  9. 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, under $15 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  10. iec.ch - Type K power outlet
  11. Type K USB power adapter - There are three pins on a Type K USB charger comprising of two large rounded pins and a bottom semi-circular grounding pin, between $10 to $15 USD (£5-£10 GBP / under C$20).
  12. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costing around $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).