Charging the iPad Mini 4 when visiting Brazil

A page showing how to charge your iPad Mini 4 with a Brazilian power outlet using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a 2 pin Europlug Type C power adapter and powering the iPad Mini 4 using a 3 pin Type N power adapter.

Brazilian power outlet

Brazil uses 2 different types of voltage depending on the location - both 127 volts and 240 volts. Always ensure that you familiarise yourself with the voltage of the outlet prior to using any electrical appliance in a Brazilian power outlet. Instructions on this page assume that you understand which voltage you will be using, however the safest option is always to use a dual voltage device or appliance.

When packing for a holiday it's useful to know if you can use any important electrical devices such as mobile phones or tablets at your hotel. But by not knowing which wall socket is being used in Brazil you may pack the wrong power charger, thereby leaving you needing to buy or borrow a suitable power adaptor on arrival that might be incompatible and cause damage to your iPad Mini 4. Various combinations of region codes and sockets can often be confusing when planning on visiting another country especially if you've never been there before. These instructions have been specifically written to prevent you having to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPad Mini 4 abroad.This page contains step-by-step instructions which shows how to supply power to the iPad Mini 4 when you're visiting Brazil using the types N or C 60Hz wall outlets, a majority of Brazilians will use the Type N power outlets. Power sockets will vary depending on which area you are travelling to so we recommend reading the list of World power supplies for a full list of regions and countries. If the iPad Mini 4 charges slowly or does not power up when you are visiting Brazil from another country check that it is compatible with a Brazilian power supply. Typically electrical devices which originate from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts sometimes take longer to charge or won't power up, check that your iPad Mini 4 is dual voltage (you'll find these are normally marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power 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 Brazil

Can you use the iPad Mini 4 in Brazil?

Yes, you can connect the iPad Mini 4 to a Brazilian power outlet.

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What is the best power adapter for the iPad Mini 4 in Brazil?

When travelling with more than your iPad Mini 4 or visiting more than one country then the best travel charger for Brazil to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two types of wall outlets that Brazilians use (N and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your iPad Mini 4 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these USB power adapters along with compatibility with more power demanding devices like tablets. This means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack individual travel chargers. Only needing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage while travelling. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones with just a single power outlet.

We recommend buying this type of versatile power adapter online; the travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Brazil

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country 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 converters offer surge protection which can be useful when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Brazil 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 most popular portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Brazil.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise 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 offers the same set of features as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Brazil. [8]
What is the best power adapter for the iPad Mini 4 in Brazil?

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad Mini 4 from a Brazilian power outlet

A page showing how to charge your iPad Mini 4 with a Brazilian power outlet using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a 2 pin Europlug Type C power adapter.

  1. If you want to power the iPad Mini 4 from a Brazilian power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - this USB cable is typically supplied with your iPad Mini 4.
  2. Start by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the wall supply. The power outlet (known as a Europlug or Type C power outlet [3]) can be recognised by 2 circular holes next to each other where the two plug outlet pins sit. Prior to January 2010 buildings may be installed using this power outlet.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Lightning cable 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 is situated at the base of the iPad Mini 4.
  4. Turn on the Brazilian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 4 is powering up and takes around one to five and a half hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad Mini 4 from a Brazilian power outlet

Powering the iPad Mini 4 with a Brazilian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type N USB adapter

A guide showing how to power the iPad Mini 4 from a Brazilian power outlet with the Apple Lightning connector with a Type N USB adapter.

  1. To charge the iPad Mini 4 from a Brazilian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type N USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (usually supplied with your iPad Mini 4).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type N USB power adapter into the Brazilian power outlet. You can identify the squashed hexagon shaped plug supply by the three round holes in a triangular configuration for live, neutral and earth. Since 2010 all new buildings will use this power outlet.
  3. Then 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 4. The iPad Mini 4 lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Mini 4.
  4. Turn on the Brazilian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 4 is powering up and takes around one to five and a half hours to fully recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad Mini 4 with a Brazilian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type N USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Brazil Wikipedia page
  2. Apple - iPad Mini 4 user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, between $10 to $15 USD (£10-£15 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. iec.ch - Type N power outlet
  7. Type N USB power adapter - The three 4mm rounded pins on a grounded Brazilian Type N USB charger form a flattened triangular pattern, between $10 to $15 USD (under £40 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, between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).