Charging the iPad Mini 4 in Ecuador

Using a USB Lightning cable and a double pinned Type A USB charger to recharge the iPad Mini 4 with an Ecuadorian power outlet and how to charge the iPad Mini 4 using a 3 pinned Type B power charger.

Ecuadorian power outlet

Various combinations of standards and voltages can often be daunting when planning to travel to another country, especially to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this article tells you exactly what to buy in advance to power the iPad Mini 4 in Ecuador. These instructions were specifically written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPad Mini 4 abroad.This step-by-step guide tells you how to power your iPad Mini 4 when you're travelling to Ecuador using their standard Type B or A 120 volt 60Hz power outlets. When travelling anywhere you'll discover most power sources vary from region to region therefore we recommend reading our WikiConnections global power supplies page where you'll find a full list showing powering devices in different regions and countries. If the iPad Mini 4 slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when visiting Ecuador from another country please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Devices which originate from a country which use a higher voltage such as 240 volts sometimes take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check that your device is a dual voltage device (usually indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage 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 Ecuador

Can you use the iPad Mini 4 in Ecuador?

Yes, you can connect the iPad Mini 4 to an Ecuadorian power outlet.

What is the best travel charger for the iPad Mini 4 in Ecuador?

When you are travelling to more than one country then the best international travel charger for Ecuador to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Ecuadorians use two different standards of wall outlets (B and A) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type A.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the included heads. If your type of iPad Mini 4 can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these travel adapters plus additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

This will allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple travel chargers. Because you are only bringing a single USB travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling as well as being on hand for recharging your iPad Mini 4 at the airport or on a flight. Because of their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers without using up an additional power outlet.

For those travelling regularly we recommend buying an adaptable power adapter like this online. The travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Ecuador

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unstable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Ecuador and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Ecuador.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Ecuador. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for the iPad Mini 4 in Ecuador?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 4 from an Ecuadorian power outlet

Using a USB Lightning cable and a double pinned Type A power charger to charge the iPad Mini 4 from an Ecuadorian power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPad Mini 4 using an Ecuadorian power outlet you'll need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple typically supply the USB cable when you first purchase your iPad Mini 4).
  2. First you'll need to plug in the Type A USB power adapter into the Ecuadorian power outlet. This plug outlet, sometimes called the Type A power outlet [3], is identified by two slots next to each other where the twin blades go.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Apple USB cable into the USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 4. The iPad Mini 4 lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad Mini 4.
  4. Switch on the Ecuadorian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 4 is powering up, typically taking between one to five and a half hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 4 from an Ecuadorian power outlet

How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 4 from an Ecuadorian power outlet

A guide on how to charge the iPad Mini 4 from an Ecuadorian power outlet using a USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type B USB adapter.

  1. If you want to charge your iPad Mini 4 using the Ecuadorian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the USB cable is typically included with the iPad Mini 4).
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type B USB power adapter in the power supply. This power outlet (technically known as a Type B power outlet [6]) is recognised by two slots where the plug outlet blades go with a hole below for the longer ground pin.
  3. Then connect one end of the Lightning charging cord into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 4. The iPad Mini 4 lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad Mini 4.
  4. Turn on the Ecuadorian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad Mini 4 will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging taking around 1 to 4.5 hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 4 from an Ecuadorian power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia web page about Ecuador
  2. Apple - iPad Mini 4 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, estimated cost between $5 to $10 USD (around £1 GBP / under C$30).
  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. 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, costing under $10 USD (£20-£25 GBP / C$15-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 (around £10 GBP / under C$20).