How to charge the iPad Mini 2 when planning a trip to Paraguay

Using a Lightning connector and a two pinned Europlug Type C power charger to charge the iPad Mini 2 from a Paraguayan power outlet.

Paraguayan power outlet

Varying different combinations of standards and plugs can often cause confusion when planning to visit a different country, especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of common standards being used throughout the world this article shows exactly what to pick up in advance to power the iPad Mini 2 in Paraguay. These instructions were written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPad Mini 2 when you are going to Paraguay.When you're visiting Paraguay these instructions show how to power the iPad Mini 2 using a standard 220 volt 50Hz Type C power outlet, with the Paraguayans using a Europlug for power outlets. If travelling to Paraguay from a different country make sure that the iPad Mini 2 can be charged using a 240v supply. If your iPad Mini 2 originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) double check your iPad Mini 2 is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged whilst powering it. If you plan on visiting a Paraguayan destination like AsunciĆ³n or Ciudad del Este we also suggest referring to the wikipedia.org entry about Paraguay [1] for more information prior to the location. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini 2.

Charging the iPad Mini 2 in Paraguay

Can you use the iPad Mini 2 in Paraguay?

Yes, you can connect the iPad Mini 2 to a Paraguayan power outlet.

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What is the best travel adapter for the iPad Mini 2 in Paraguay?

If you are travelling with more than just your iPad Mini 2 then the best international travel charger for Paraguay to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger.

As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied plugs. If your type of iPad Mini 2 can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of power chargers, along with support for certain power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other chargers having a 4 port adapter means you can charge more than one device at the same time without needing to pack seperate travel adapters on your Paraguayan trip. Only bringing a single USB travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage. Due to their versatility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we suggest buying this type of versatile travel adapter at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Paraguay

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Paraguay and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 converter for travellers originating from North America going to Paraguay using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Paraguay. [6]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPad Mini 2 in Paraguay?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 2 from a Paraguayan power outlet

Instructions on how to charge the iPad Mini 2 from a Paraguayan power outlet using a Lightning cable and a double pinned Europlug Type C power charger.

  1. If you want to charge the iPad Mini 2 using a Paraguayan power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (typically already supplied with your device by Apple).
  2. Begin by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it in the power outlet. The plug supply (called the Europlug) can be identified by the two holes next to each other.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB Lightning power cord into the bottom of the mains power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Switch on the Paraguayan 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 2 is recharging which typically takes around one-four hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 2 from a Paraguayan power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org entry about Paraguay
  2. Apple - official iPad 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 (around £10 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 £15 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, estimated price between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).