Charging the iPad Mini when planning a trip to Aruba

Instructions showing you how to power the iPad Mini from an Aruban power outlet with a Lightning connector with a Type A USB charger, powering the iPad Mini using a three pin Type B power adapter and how to power the iPad Mini using a 2 pin Type F USB charger

Aruban power outlet

Various combinations of frequencies and standards can all be daunting when planning on visiting another country for the first time traveller. If visiting Aruba these instructions show how to supply power to the iPad Mini by using their standard F, A or B type Aruban 127 volt 60Hz power outlets. If the iPad Mini charges slowly or does not power up when you are visiting Aruba 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) either take longer to charge or won't turn on, check that your iPad Mini is dual-voltage (normally indicated by 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.

Charging the iPad Mini in Aruba

Can you use the iPad Mini in Aruba?

Yes, you can connect the iPad Mini to an Aruban power outlet.

What is the best travel charger for the iPad Mini in Aruba?

When travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your iPad Mini the best international travel adapter for Aruba is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Arubans use three different standards of wall outlets (types F, A and B) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type A. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your iPad Mini supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of power adapters along with compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

Unlike other adapters this will allow you to power more than one device at once without needing to bring individual travel adapters for your Aruban trip or using up additional power sockets. Because you are only packing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage while travelling. Because of their 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, phones and e-readers with just a single power outlet.

For those travelling to Aruba we suggest searching for a flexible travel charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Aruba

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 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. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Aruba 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 Aruba.
  • 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 North America using type B plugs and is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 Aruba. [10] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for the iPad Mini in Aruba?

How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPad Mini from an Aruban power outlet

Using the Apple USB Lightning connector with a Type A USB charger to charge your iPad Mini with an Aruban power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your iPad Mini from an Aruban power outlet you'll need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should normally supply the cable with the iPad Mini).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type A USB power adapter into the Aruban power outlet. You can recognise this plug supply by the two adjacent slots next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB Lightning cable into the bottom of 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 Aruban power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up and takes around 1-4 hours to recharge.
How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPad Mini from an Aruban power outlet

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

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPad Mini with an Aruban power outlet using a Lightning connector with a three pin Type B power adapter.

  1. To charge the iPad Mini from an Aruban power outlet you'll need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this USB cable is typically supplied with your iPad Mini).
  2. Insert the Type B USB power adapter in the Aruban power outlet. This plug supply (known as a Type B power outlet [6]) is identified by the 2 thin slots next to each other with a hole below for the slightly long grounded pin.
  3. Plug in one 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. The iPad Mini lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad Mini.
  4. Switch on the Aruban 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 is charging which typically takes roughly 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPad Mini from an Aruban power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your iPad Mini from an Aruban power outlet

Instructions showing you how to power the iPad Mini from an Aruban power outlet with a Lightning connector with a Type F Schuko power adapter.

  1. If you want to power the iPad Mini using the Aruban power outlet you will need to use a Type F USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], usually supplied with your iPad Mini.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type F USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can identify the power supply by the two large adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral, plus two metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Apple 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 Aruban power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging, typically taking between 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your iPad Mini from an Aruban power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Aruba Wikipedia page
  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, between $5 to $10 USD (£1-£2 GBP / under 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, estimated cost between $10 to $15 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 / around C$20).
  8. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  9. Type F USB power adapter - Type F USB chargers are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, costing between $10 to $15 USD (around £15 GBP / under C$20).
  10. 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).