How to charge the iPad Mini when planning a trip to Venezuela

A guide showing you how to charge your iPad Mini from a Venezuelan power outlet using the Apple Lightning connector and a two pinned Type A power charger and recharging the iPad Mini using a Type B power charger.

Venezuelan power outlet

Varying different combinations of voltages and standards can all be daunting when planning to travel to another country, especially to the first time traveller. This guide was specifically written to prevent you having to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPad Mini abroad.This page has useful instructions demonstrating exactly what you'll need to supply power to the iPad Mini when staying in Venezuela using their types B or A Venezuelan 120 volt 60Hz power outlets. Power supplies differ depending on which area you visiting therefore we recommend reading our WikiConnections travel power sockets list for a complete list of regions. If the iPad Mini slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when visiting Venezuela from another country please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Devices which come from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts either take longer to charge or won't turn on, check that the device is dual-voltage (you'll find these are usually marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to ensure proper use. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in Venezuela

Can the iPad Mini be used in Venezuela?

You can use the iPad Mini in Venezuela by using the correct power convertor.

Venezuela

What is the best travel charger for the iPad Mini in Venezuela?

If you are travelling with more than just your iPad Mini and visiting more than one country then the best travel adapter for Venezuela to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Venezuelans use two different standards of power outlets (B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A. As these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the supplied heads. If your type of iPad Mini can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these types of power chargers, along with support for certain power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other adapters having a 4 port adapter means you can recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack individual travel adapters for your Venezuelan trip or occupying additional wall sockets. By only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage while travelling. Because of their space saving versatility these types of adapters can be used back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers and using only a single wall outlet.

We recommend searching for a versatile travel charger similar to this online. The travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Venezuela

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, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is necessary when visiting regions with unstable power supplies. These travel adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 compact power converter for travellers originating from America going to Venezuela using type B 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. This 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 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 Venezuela. [8]
What is the best travel charger for the iPad Mini in Venezuela?

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

A guide showing you how to charge your iPad Mini from a Venezuelan power outlet using the Apple Lightning connector and a two pinned Type A power charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to your iPad Mini from the Venezuelan power outlet you will need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple usually supply the USB cable when you purchase your iPad Mini).
  2. Start by taking the Type A USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by two thin slots next to each other.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Mini.
  4. Turn on the Venezuelan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up, typically taking roughly 1-4 hours to recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad Mini with a Venezuelan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Powering the iPad Mini with a Venezuelan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Using a Lightning cable and a three pinned Type B USB charger to power the iPad Mini with a Venezuelan power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad Mini from the Venezuelan power outlet you will need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple typically supply this USB cable when you purchase the iPad Mini).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type B USB power adapter and inserting it into the power supply. You can identify this power outlet by the 2 thin slots where the plug outlet blades go with a hole below for the long earth pin.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad Mini.
  4. Turn on the Venezuelan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up which should take between one to four hours to recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad Mini with a Venezuelan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org entry about Venezuela
  2. Apple - official iPad 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, around $10 USD (£3-£4 GBP / C$15-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, around $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$10-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, between $10 to $15 USD (£20-£25 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 around $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).