Charging your iPad Mini 4 from a power outlet in Guatemala

A page showing how to recharge the iPad Mini 4 from a Guatemalan power outlet using an Apple USB Lightning connector and a Type A USB charger and powering the iPad Mini 4 using a 3 pin Type B USB plug.

Guatemalan power outlet

Various combinations of standards and plug types can often cause confusion when planning to travel to another country if you've never been there before. However this isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets used throughout the world this article shows exactly what to buy in advance to charge the iPad Mini 4 in Guatemala. This page was written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPad Mini 4 when you're in staying in Guatemala.If travelling to Guatemala these useful instructions show how to power your iPad Mini 4 by using their types B or A 120 volt 60Hz plug outlets. If the iPad Mini 4 charges slowly or does not power up when you are travelling to Guatemala from a different country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Electrical devices which come from a country which use a higher voltage (for example 220 volts) sometimes take longer to charge or won't power up, check the device is dual-voltage (normally marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to ensure proper use. If you plan on taking a trip to a destination such as Guatemala City or Quetzaltenango we recommend referring to the Guatemala Wikipedia page [1] for more details. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 9 or greater on the iPad Mini 4.

Charging the iPad Mini 4 in Guatemala

Can you use the iPad Mini 4 in Guatemala?

You can connect the iPad Mini 4 to a Guatemalan power outlet by using the correct power convertor.

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

When travelling with more than just your iPad Mini 4 or visiting more than one country then the best travel power adapter for Guatemala is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different types of wall outlets in Guatemala (B and A) and using a power adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by changing the heads over. If your type of iPad Mini 4 can support Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times by using one of these USB travel chargers, along with compatibility with more power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other adapters this means you can recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring seperate power adapters. By only needing a single travel charger will also keep the size down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple phones, tablets and speakers with just a single wall outlet.

If you travel to different continents we suggest buying a versatile power charger of this nature online. The multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Guatemala

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable power grids. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Guatemala 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 best selling compact power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting Guatemala.
  • 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 the US using type B plugs. This gives the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 Guatemala. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad Mini 4 in Guatemala?

Powering the iPad Mini 4 with a Guatemalan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Using an Apple USB Lightning connector and a Type A USB charger to power the iPad Mini 4 from a Guatemalan power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad Mini 4 from a Guatemalan power outlet you'll need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], this USB cable is usually supplied with the device by Apple.
  2. Start the process by taking the Type A USB power adapter and inserting it in the Guatemalan power outlet. You can recognise the wall outlet by the two thin slots next to each other.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Apple power cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 4. The iPad Mini 4 lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Mini 4.
  4. Switch on the Guatemalan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPad Mini 4 will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 4 is charging, typically taking between one to five and a half hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini 4 with a Guatemalan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

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

Using an Apple USB Lightning connector and a Type B USB charger to recharge the iPad Mini 4 from a Guatemalan power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad Mini 4 using a Guatemalan power outlet you'll need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will normally supply the USB cable with the iPad Mini 4.
  2. Start the process by taking the Type B USB power adapter and inserting it in the Guatemalan power outlet. The wall outlet, technically called the Type B power outlet [6], can be recognised by the 2 thin slots next to each other for live and neutral blades with a hole below for the earthed pin.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB Apple charging cable into the bottom of the mains power adapter 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 Guatemalan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPad Mini 4 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 4 is charging which takes between one to five and a half hours to fully recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad Mini 4 with a Guatemalan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Guatemala Wikipedia 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, priced between $10 to $15 USD (around £15 GBP / under C$60).
  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 (£15-£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, priced at between $5 to $10 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$25).
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced between $10 to $15 USD (under £15 GBP / under C$20).