Charging the iPad Mini 4 when staying in Guam

Using a Lightning connector with a two pin Type A USB charger to recharge the iPad Mini 4 from a Guamanian power outlet and charging the iPad Mini 4 using a three pin Type B power charger.

Guamanian power outlet

Varying complicated frequencies and standards can all be confusing when planning on staying in a foreign country, especially for the first time traveller. These instructions were specifically written to prevent you having to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPad Mini 4 abroad.If travelling to Guam the following instructions show how to power the iPad Mini 4 by using the Type B or A Guamanian 110 volt 60Hz power outlets. If the iPad Mini 4 charges slowly or does not power up when visiting Guam from a different country please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically devices which come from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts sometimes take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check your iPad Mini 4 is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to ensure proper use. If you are planning on visiting a Guamanian city such as Tamuning refer to the Guam Wikipedia page [1] for further details on visiting the location. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 9 or greater on the iPad Mini 4.

Charging the iPad Mini 4 in Guam

Can the iPad Mini 4 be used in Guam?

Yes, you can use the iPad Mini 4 in Guam.

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad Mini 4 in Guam?

If travelling to multiple countries then the best travel adapter for Guam is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different standards of plug sockets in Guam (types B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A. As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world just by switching the included heads. If your type of iPad Mini 4 supports Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times by using one of these travel chargers along with support for more power hungry devices.

Having a 4 port adapter means you can power more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack multiple travel chargers on your Guamanian trip or occupying additional wall sockets. Because you are only packing a single USB travel charger will keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand luggage while travelling. Due to their space saving versatility these types of chargers can be used back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones, tablets and speakers without needing an additional wall outlet.

We suggest searching for a multipurpose power adapter like this online; the multipurpose power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Guam

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, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Guam and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Guam using 3 pinned type B plug sockets.
  • 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 originating from the US using type B plugs. This gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with only 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 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 Guam. [8] [AD]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad Mini 4 in Guam?

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

Using an Apple USB Lightning connector and a Type A USB adapter to power the iPad Mini 4 with a Guamanian power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad Mini 4 from a Guamanian power outlet you'll need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple usually supply the cable with the iPad Mini 4.
  2. Firstly you'll need to plug the Type A USB power adapter in the power outlet. The wall outlet, technically called the Type A power outlet [3], can be identified by the two adjacent slots next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB Apple power cable into the USB mains 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 Guamanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging taking around one-five and a half hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad Mini 4 with a Guamanian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

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

Instructions showing how to power the iPad Mini 4 with a Guamanian power outlet using a Lightning Apple cable and a three pinned Type B power adapter.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPad Mini 4 from a Guamanian 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 the USB cable with the iPad Mini 4.
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type B USB power adapter into the power supply. You can recognise the wall outlet by the two thin slots parallel to each other for live and neutral blades with a hole below for the grounded pin.
  3. Plug in 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 4. The iPad Mini 4 lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Mini 4.
  4. Switch on the Guamanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up and takes roughly 1 to 4.5 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPad Mini 4 from a Guamanian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Guam Wikipedia 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, costing 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, between $15 to $20 USD (around £10 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, costs 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, priced between $15 to $20 USD (under £15 GBP / under C$20).