Charging the iPad Mini when planning a trip to Tonga

Using a Lightning connector with a Type I USB charger to charge your iPad Mini with a Tongan power outlet.

Tongan power outlet

Varying complicated voltages and region codes can often be daunting when planning on visiting another country especially for the first time traveller. These instructions have been specifically written to prepare visitors wanting to power their iPad Mini when they're travelling abroad.When you are planning a holiday to Tonga this page contains useful instructions showing charging the iPad Mini by using their standard 240 volt 50Hz I Type Tongan power supply. If you are visiting Tonga from another country ensure your iPad Mini can be charged using a 240v supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure your iPad Mini is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to stop the device from being damaged when powering up. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in Tonga

Can you use the iPad Mini in Tonga?

You can use the iPad Mini in Tonga by using a power adaptor.

What is the best power adapter for the iPad Mini in Tonga?

When travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your iPad Mini then the best travel charger for Tonga to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by changing the heads. If your iPad Mini can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers, plus additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other travel chargers this will allow you to charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy individual travel chargers. Only packing a single lightweight travel charger will keep the overall size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage. Because of their versatility these types of travel chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets with just a single power outlet.

For those travelling to Tonga we suggest searching for this type of flexible travel charger online; the travel charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Tonga

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 wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unstable power supplies. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Tonga 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 compact option for travellers originating from America going to Tonga 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 travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from 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 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 Tonga. [6] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for the iPad Mini in Tonga?

How to use a Type I power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from a Tongan power outlet

Using a Lightning connector with a Type I USB charger to charge your iPad Mini with a Tongan power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad Mini using the Tongan power outlet you will need to use a Type I 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 I USB power adapter into the Tongan power outlet. You can recognise this power supply by the three slots for the live, neutral and earth.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple Lightning power 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 base of the iPad Mini.
  4. Turn on the Tongan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging which takes between 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type I power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from a Tongan power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Tonga 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, between $10 to $15 USD (around £25 GBP / under C$15).
  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, costs between $10 to $15 USD (around £10 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, costing between $15 to $20 USD (under £15 GBP / under C$20).