Charging your iPad Mini from a power outlet in Hong Kong

Instructions on how to power the iPad Mini from a Hong Kong power outlet by using a USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type G USB charger.

Hong Kong power outlet

If you are organizing a trip it's useful to know if you'll be able to charge all your vital electrical devices such as mobiles and laptops when you get there. Without knowing which power socket is used you may pack the wrong power adaptor, therefore needing to buy a potentially expensive charger when you're there that could be incompatible and damage the device. Various combinations of region codes and voltages can all be daunting when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never been there before. This page has been written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPad Mini abroad.If you're staying in Hong Kong these instructions show charging the iPad Mini by using a 220 volt 50Hz Type G plug outlet, with the Hongkongese using 13 amp plugs for power outlets. If visiting Hong Kong from a different country please double check the iPad Mini can accept a 240v supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts check the device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overloading whilst powering it. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in Hong Kong

Can the iPad Mini be used in Hong Kong?

Yes, you can connect the iPad Mini to a Hong Kong power outlet by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPad Mini in Hong Kong?

When travelling to more than one country or bringing along more than your iPad Mini then the best international travel adapter for Hong Kong is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world just by switching the included heads. If your iPad Mini supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times by using one of these USB power adapters, plus additional support for more power hungry devices.

This means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate power adapters. Only needing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand baggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

For those travelling to Hong Kong we suggest buying this type of versatile power adapter at an electronics retailer. The multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Hong Kong

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, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Hong Kong 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 best selling portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Hong Kong using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs and offers the same set of features as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Hong Kong. [6] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPad Mini in Hong Kong?

How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPad Mini from a Hong Kong power outlet

A guide showing how to power the iPad Mini with a Hong Kong power outlet using the USB Lightning Apple cable with a Type G USB adapter.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad Mini using a Hong Kong power outlet you'll need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - usually supplied with the device by Apple.
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type G USB power adapter in the Hong Kong power outlet. You can identify the wall outlet by the three rectangular holes forming a triangular configuration for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Then connect the USB 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 situated at the base of the iPad Mini.
  4. Turn on the Hong Kong power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging which takes roughly one to four hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPad Mini from a Hong Kong power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia.org entry about Hong Kong
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - A Type G USB charger has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin, priced £10-£15.
  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, £10-£15.
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced £10-£15.