Charging the iPad Mini 4 when visiting Aruba

A guide showing how to power the iPad Mini 4 with an Aruban power outlet with a USB Lightning cable with a double pin Type A USB charger, charging the iPad Mini 4 using a Type B USB adapter and how to power the iPad Mini 4 using a double pinned Schuko Type F power charger

Aruban power outlet

Differing combinations of standards and plugs can often be daunting when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never visited before. These guidelines were specifically written to help prepare travellers wanting to charge the iPad Mini 4 when they are going to Aruba.The following step by step instructions will show exactly how to supply power to your iPad Mini 4 when visiting Aruba using their standard types F, A or B 127 volt 60Hz power outlets. You will find power will vary depending on which area you are travelling to so we suggest reading the North America page for a full list of countries. If your iPad Mini 4 slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when you are visiting Aruba from another region then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally devices which come from another country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts may take longer to charge or won't turn on, check that the iPad Mini 4 is dual-voltage (you'll find these are usually marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to ensure proper use. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 9 or greater on the iPad Mini 4.

Charging the iPad Mini 4 in Aruba

Can you use the iPad Mini 4 in Aruba?

Yes, you can connect the iPad Mini 4 to an Aruban power outlet.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPad Mini 4 in Aruba?

If you are travelling with more than just your iPad Mini 4 then the best travel adapter for Aruba to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Arubans use three different standards of wall outlets (F, A and B) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type A.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by changing the plugs over. If your iPad Mini 4 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these USB travel chargers and additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other chargers this means you can charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack seperate 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 power chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets using just a single plug socket.

We suggest searching for a multipurpose travel adapter similar to this online. The travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous countries 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 who only have USB devices such as the iPad Mini 4, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power adapters 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 international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Aruba.
  • 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 much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a generous 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Aruba. [10] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPad Mini 4 in Aruba?

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

A guide showing how to power the iPad Mini 4 with an Aruban power outlet with a USB Lightning cable and a double pin Type A USB charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to your iPad Mini 4 from the Aruban power outlet you will need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], usually already included with your iPad Mini 4 by Apple.
  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. Connect one end of the charging cable into the mains USB 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 Aruban power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 4 is recharging which should take around 1 - 4.5 hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini 4 with an Aruban power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Charging the iPad Mini 4 from an Aruban power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Using the Apple Lightning connector and a 3 pinned Type B power charger to charge the iPad Mini 4 from an Aruban power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the iPad Mini 4 from an Aruban power outlet you will need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple normally supply this cable when you buy the iPad Mini 4.
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type B USB power adapter into the power supply. You can identify the 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 USB Lightning power cord into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 4. The iPad Mini 4 lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Mini 4.
  4. Turn on the Aruban power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up which should take between 60 to 300 minutes to recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPad Mini 4 from an Aruban power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 4 from an Aruban power outlet

Using a Lightning cable and a two pinned Type F power adapter to charge the iPad Mini 4 from an Aruban power outlet.

  1. In order to charge your iPad Mini 4 using an Aruban power outlet you'll need to use a Type F USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple normally supply this USB cable when you buy the iPad Mini 4).
  2. Start by taking the Type F USB power adapter and inserting it in the Aruban power outlet. The sunken round power outlet (known as the Schuko outlet) can be identified by two 4.8mm adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral and a pair of two grounding clips above and below.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB Lightning power cord into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 4. The iPad Mini 4 lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Mini 4.
  4. Turn on the Aruban power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up which should take between one to five and a half hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 4 from an Aruban power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Aruba Wikipedia web 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, around $5 USD (around £1 GBP / C$25-C$30).
  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 (around £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 (£20-£25 GBP / under 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, priced at 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, estimated price around $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).