How to charge the iPad Mini from a power outlet in Egypt

Instructions showing how to charge the iPad Mini with an Egyptian power outlet with an Apple Lightning cable with a Type C power charger and charging the iPad Mini using a 2 pinned Schuko Type F power plug.

Egyptian power outlet

Different combinations of region codes and plugs can often be daunting when planning on visiting another country, especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of sockets being used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power the iPad Mini in Egypt. These instructions have been written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPad Mini abroad.The following simple guide will show you what you'll need to supply power to your iPad Mini when visiting Egypt using their F or C type 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets, please be aware that Type F wall outlets will be typically used by a majority of Egyptians. When you are visiting Egypt from a different region please ensure that the iPad Mini can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) double check your iPad Mini is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to avoid the device from overloading when charging it. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in Egypt

Can the iPad Mini be used in Egypt?

You can connect the iPad Mini to an Egyptian power outlet.

What is the best power charger for the iPad Mini in Egypt?

If travelling to multiple countries the best travel power adapter for Egypt to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two types of plug sockets that Egyptians use (types F and C) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by changing the supplied heads over. If your model of iPad Mini is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of power chargers plus additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other chargers having a four port charger will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate power adapters on your trip to Egypt. Because you are only needing to bring a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage while travelling. Due to their versatility these types of power chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets and smartphones with only a single wall outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend buying this type of flexible power charger online. The power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Egypt

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPad Mini, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from America going to Egypt using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • 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 from the US using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Egypt. [8] [AD]
What is the best power charger for the iPad Mini in Egypt?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from an Egyptian power outlet

Instructions showing how to charge the iPad Mini with an Egyptian power outlet with an Apple Lightning cable with a Type C power charger.

  1. To supply power to your iPad Mini from the Egyptian power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will typically supply this cable with your iPad Mini.
  2. Firstly insert the Type C USB power adapter into the wall outlet. You can recognise the power supply by 2 holes next to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins go.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB power 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 Egyptian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Mini is recharging which typically takes roughly one to four hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from an Egyptian power outlet

Charging the iPad Mini from an Egyptian power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

Using the Lightning Apple connector with a 2 pinned Schuko Type F power charger to power your iPad Mini from an Egyptian power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPad Mini from an Egyptian power outlet you will need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (typically already supplied with the iPad Mini by Apple).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type F USB power adapter in the Egyptian power outlet. You can recognise the power supply by two holes 19 mm next to each other for live and neutral pins, plus a pair of two thin metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB Apple cord into the USB 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. Switch on the Egyptian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is charging taking between one-four hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPad Mini from an Egyptian power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org entry about Egypt
  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, priced under £10.
  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, under £20.
  6. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  7. Type F USB power adapter - Type F USB chargers are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, costs £15-£20.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, £10-£15.