Charging the iPad Mini 4 when visiting Jamaica

A step by step guide showing how to power your iPad Mini 4 with a Jamaican power outlet by using a Lightning Apple connector with a Type A USB adapter and how to recharge the iPad Mini 4 using a Type B power charger.

Jamaican power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of standards and plugs can all be daunting when planning to travel to another country, especially to the first time traveller. These instructions have been written to stop you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPad Mini 4 when you are going to Jamaica.The following step-by-step guide shows exactly how to charge your iPad Mini 4 when you are travelling to Jamaica by using their types B or A Jamaican 110 volt 50Hz plug outlets, you will find most Jamaicans use the Type B plugs in their power outlets. If the iPad Mini 4 charges slowly or does not power up when travelling to Jamaica from a different country check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally devices which originated from a different country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) sometimes take longer to charge or won't power up, so check your device is a dual voltage device (usually indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to ensure proper use. If you intend on taking a trip to a place like Kingston we also recommend referring to the wikipedia web page about Jamaica [1] for further information on the location. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 9 or greater on the iPad Mini 4.

Charging the iPad Mini 4 in Jamaica

Can you use the iPad Mini 4 in Jamaica?

Yes, you can connect the iPad Mini 4 to a Jamaican power outlet.

Jamaica

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

When you are travelling with more than your iPad Mini 4 and visiting more than one country the best travel power adapter for Jamaica is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Jamaicans use two different types of plug sockets (types B and A) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 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 4 is compatible with Fast Charge 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.

Unlike other chargers having a 4 port adapter means you can recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack individual travel adapters for your trip or occupying additional wall sockets. By only packing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling as well as being on hand for recharging your iPad Mini 4 at the airport or on a flight. Because of their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we suggest buying an adaptable travel adapter like this online. The power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Jamaica

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPad Mini 4, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary for visitors of regions with unstable power supplies. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental 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 option for travellers originating from North America going to Jamaica using type B US 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 just one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 Jamaica. [8]
What is the best travel charger for the iPad Mini 4 in Jamaica?

How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPad Mini 4 from a Jamaican power outlet

Using a USB Lightning Apple connector and a Type A power adapter to charge the iPad Mini 4 from a Jamaican power outlet.

  1. To power the iPad Mini 4 from a Jamaican power outlet you will need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple normally supply this cable when you buy the iPad Mini 4.
  2. Plug in the Type A USB power adapter in the power supply. You can identify the plug supply by two thin adjacent slots next to each other where the pins go.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple power cable into the USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 4. The iPad Mini 4 lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Mini 4.
  4. Switch on the Jamaican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad Mini 4 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging taking around one-five and a half hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPad Mini 4 from a Jamaican power outlet

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

A guide showing how to recharge the iPad Mini 4 with a Jamaican power outlet with a USB Lightning cable and a three pin Type B USB charger.

  1. To charge the iPad Mini 4 using a Jamaican power outlet you will need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple typically supply this USB cable when you purchase the iPad Mini 4.
  2. Start the process by taking the Type B USB power adapter and inserting it into the power supply. You can identify this plug outlet by two thin slots next to each other with a single semicircular hole below for the grounded pin.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Lightning charging cord into the bottom of the mains power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 4. The iPad Mini 4 lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Mini 4.
  4. Turn on the Jamaican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 4 is powering up, typically taking roughly 1-4.5 hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 4 from a Jamaican power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia web page about Jamaica
  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, costs around $10 USD (£2-£3 GBP / C$4-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, estimated price 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, costing under $15 USD (£20-£25 GBP / C$4-C$5).
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, around $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).