Charging the iPad Mini 2 when planning a trip to Tobago

Using a Lightning connector with a Type A USB charger to charge your iPad Mini 2 with a Tobagonian power outlet and recharging the iPad Mini 2 using a 3 pin Type B power charger.

Tobagonian power outlet

Varying different standards and plug types can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country for the first time traveller. These instructions have been specifically written to prepare visitors wanting to power their iPad Mini 2 when staying in Tobago.The following guide will show exactly what you'll need to power your iPad Mini 2 when visiting Tobago using the Type B or A 115 volt 60Hz plug outlets, you will discover a majority of Tobagonians typically use Type B plugs in their wall outlets. If the iPad Mini 2 charges slowly or does not power up when you are visiting Tobago from another country check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically 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, so check the device is a dual voltage device (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power converter to ensure proper use. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini 2.

Charging the iPad Mini 2 in Tobago

Can you use the iPad Mini 2 in Tobago?

You can use the iPad Mini 2 in Tobago by using a power adaptor.

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad Mini 2 in Tobago?

If you are travelling with more than your iPad Mini 2 or visiting more than one country the best international travel adapter for Tobago is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two different types of power outlets that Tobagonians use (B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A.

Because 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 just by changing the included heads. If your iPad Mini 2 supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers, plus additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other travel chargers this will allow you to power more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel chargers. Only packing a single lightweight travel charger will keep the weight and size down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets with just a single power outlet.

For those travelling to Tobago we suggest searching for this type of flexible travel charger online; the travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Tobago

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPad Mini 2, but for those also wanting 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 when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, 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 portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Tobago.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This gives almost the same functionality as 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 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Tobago.
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad Mini 2 in Tobago?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 2 from a Tobagonian power outlet

Using a Lightning connector with a Type A USB charger to charge your iPad Mini 2 with a Tobagonian power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your iPad Mini 2 using the Tobagonian power outlet you will need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - this USB cable is normally already included with the device by Apple.
  2. Start by taking the Type A USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. This unearthed power supply (sometimes called the Type A power outlet [3]) is identified by the 2 thin adjacent slots next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Turn on the Tobagonian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is charging which should take roughly one to four hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 2 from a Tobagonian power outlet

Charging the iPad Mini 2 from a Tobagonian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Using a Lightning connector with a Type B USB charger to recharge your iPad Mini 2 with a Tobagonian power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your iPad Mini 2 from a Tobagonian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - this USB cable is normally already included with the device by Apple.
  2. Insert the Type B USB power adapter into the Tobagonian power outlet. You can recognise this plug supply by the two slots adjacent to each other with a semicircle hole below for the earth pin.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Apple Lightning power cable into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Switch on the Tobagonian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 2 is powering up and takes around 1-4 hours to recharge.
Charging the iPad Mini 2 from a Tobagonian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trinidad_%26_Tobago - Tobago Wikipedia page
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1595/en_US/ipad_user_guide.pdf - Official iPad user guide
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeA.htm - Type A power outlet
  4. Type A USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type A mains power outlet
  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
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeB.htm - Type B power outlet
  7. Type B USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type B mains power outlet
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters