How to charge the iPad Mini 2 when staying in New Zealand

How to connect a New Zealand power outlet to the iPad Mini 2

New Zealand power outlet

Various frequencies and region codes can all cause confusion when planning on staying in another country, especially for the first time traveller. This guide was specifically written to help prepare people wanting to charge their iPad Mini 2 when they're going to New Zealand.This page contains a step by step guide demonstrating what you'll need to supply power to your iPad Mini 2 when you're travelling to New Zealand by using the standard 230 volt 50Hz Type I New Zealand plug outlet, with the New Zealanders using a special AS/NZS 3112 plug for power outlets. If travelling to New Zealand from another country please ensure that the iPad Mini 2 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If the iPad Mini 2 came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) make sure that your device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to stop the device from overheating when charging it. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini 2.

Charging the iPad Mini 2 in New Zealand

Can the iPad Mini 2 be used in New Zealand?

Yes, you can use the iPad Mini 2 in New Zealand.

What is the best power charger for the iPad Mini 2 in New Zealand?

If travelling with more than your iPad Mini 2 and visiting multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for New Zealand to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world just by changing the supplied heads over. If your model of iPad Mini 2 can support Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these power chargers plus support for certain power demanding devices. Unlike other adapters this will also allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy individual power chargers. Because you are only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets without using up an additional power outlet.

We suggest buying an adaptable power charger similar to this at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for New Zealand

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 most popular portable power converter for travellers originating from America visiting New Zealand.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This offers almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 New Zealand. [6]
What is the best power charger for the iPad Mini 2 in New Zealand?

Powering the iPad Mini 2 with a New Zealand power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter

A page on how to power your iPad Mini 2 from a New Zealand power outlet using a USB Lightning cable with a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter.

  1. In order to charge the iPad Mini 2 from the New Zealand power outlet you'll need to use a Type I USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple should typically supply this USB cable with your iPad Mini 2.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type I USB power adapter in the New Zealand power outlet. The power supply (called a Type I power outlet [3]) can be identified by three thin slots forming a triangular pattern with a single vertical pin at the bottom and the top pair of slots sloping upwards for the live, neutral and ground.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the cord into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Turn on the New Zealand power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 2 is recharging and takes between 60-240 minutes to recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini 2 with a New Zealand power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - New Zealand Wikipedia page
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type I power outlet
  4. Type I USB power adapter - Type I USB chargers use three short flat blades in a V format with the top blade acting as a grounding pin, estimated cost between $10 to $15 USD (around £20 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 (£15-£20 GBP / under C$15).
  6. 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 (around £10 GBP / under C$20).