Charging your iPad Mini 2 from a power outlet in Trinidad

Using the Apple USB Lightning connector with a double pinned Type A power adapter to power the iPad Mini 2 from a Trinidad power outlet and charging the iPad Mini 2 using a three pin Type B power adapter.

Trinidad power outlet

When organizing a trip it's useful to know if you'll be able to charge all your devices that you are bringing along. But by not knowing which wall socket is used in Trinidad you are likely to bring the wrong adaptor, meaning having to purchase a potentially expensive adaptor on arrival that could be incompatible and cause damage to your iPad Mini 2. Differing standards and voltages can all be daunting when planning on travelling to another country if you've never visited before. The following instructions will show exactly what you'll need to power your iPad Mini 2 when going to Trinidad using the Type B or A Trinidad 115 volt 60Hz power outlets, you'll find a majority of Trinidadians typically use Type B power outlets. If the iPad Mini 2 charges slowly or does not power up when you are visiting Trinidad from another country check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally 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 you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini 2.

Charging the iPad Mini 2 in Trinidad

Can the iPad Mini 2 be used in Trinidad?

Yes, you can connect the iPad Mini 2 to a Trinidad power outlet.

What is the best power adapter for the iPad Mini 2 in Trinidad?

When you are travelling to more than one country and bringing along more than your iPad Mini 2 the best international travel adapter for Trinidad is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two standards of wall outlets that Trinidadians use (B and A) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type A. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your iPad Mini 2 can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these types of travel chargers, and compatibility with certain power hungry devices. This means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate power adapters for your Trinidad trip. By only needing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage and on hand for recharging your iPad Mini 2 at an airport or on your 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 tablets and phones without using up an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling to Trinidad we suggest buying this type of versatile power adapter online. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Trinidad

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via 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 unstable power supplies. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Trinidad 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 Trinidad using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This 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 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Trinidad. [8] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for the iPad Mini 2 in Trinidad?

How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPad Mini 2 from a Trinidad power outlet

Using a Lightning cable and a 2 pin Type A USB charger to charge your iPad Mini 2 with a Trinidad power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPad Mini 2 from a Trinidad power outlet you will need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - usually supplied with your device by Apple.
  2. Insert the Type A USB power adapter into the power outlet. This ungrounded plug supply (technically called the Type A power outlet [3]) can be recognised by 2 thin slots adjacent to each other where the live and neutral pins slide into.
  3. Plug in one end of the Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB power adapter 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 Trinidad power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPad Mini 2 screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is charging and takes around one to four hours to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPad Mini 2 from a Trinidad power outlet

Powering the iPad Mini 2 with a Trinidad power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Using the Apple USB Lightning connector with a three pinned Type B power adapter to power the iPad Mini 2 from a Trinidad power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPad Mini 2 from the Trinidad power outlet you will need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - usually supplied with the device by Apple.
  2. Start by plugging the Type B USB power adapter into the power supply. You can identify the power supply by the two slots where the live and neutral blades go with a single hole below for the earth pin.
  3. Connect one end of the USB charging cord into the bottom of the USB mains 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 Trinidad 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 tablet is recharging, typically taking between 1 - 4 hours to recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini 2 with a Trinidad power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia entry about Trinidad
  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, around $5 USD (£1-£2 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  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 (£10-£15 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, between $5 to $10 USD (£15-£20 GBP / under C$20).
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, between $15 to $20 USD (under £15 GBP / under C$20).