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

Using the Apple Lightning connector and a three pinned Type G power charger to recharge the iPad Mini 2 with a Qatari power outlet and charging the iPad Mini 2 using a Type D power adapter.

Qatari power outlet

Different combinations of standards and voltages can often cause confusion when planning on travelling to a different country, especially if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of common standards used throughout the world this article shows exactly what to pick up in advance to power the iPad Mini 2 . These instructions were written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPad Mini 2 when you are going to Qatar.When you are travelling to Qatar this page has useful instructions showing how to charge your iPad Mini 2 by using the standard G or D type 240 volt 50Hz plug outlets, Type G power outlets will be typically used by most Qataris. Most power sockets change depending on which area you taking a trip to so we recommend reading the WikiConnections travel power sockets page where you'll find a complete list of regions. When you are visiting Qatar from another region please make sure your iPad Mini 2 can be used with a 240 volt supply. If the iPad Mini 2 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure the iPad Mini 2 is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overheating when powering up. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini 2.

Charging the iPad Mini 2 in Qatar

Can the iPad Mini 2 be used in Qatar?

You can use the iPad Mini 2 in Qatar by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad Mini 2 in Qatar?

When you are travelling to more than one country and bringing more than just your iPad Mini 2 the best travel power adapter for Qatar is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Qataris use two different standards of plug sockets (types G and D) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type G.

As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 - 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 (note not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of power adapters, and support for more power hungry devices. This means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to pack individual travel adapters for your trip or occupying additional wall sockets. By only bringing a single international USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage while travelling. Due to 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 e-readers and using only a single wall outlet.

We suggest searching for a multipurpose travel adapter similar to this online. The travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Qatar

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 2, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, 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 compact power adapter for travellers originating from America visiting Qatar.
  • 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 the US using type B plugs. This offers the same functionality as the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a flexible 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 Qatar. [8] [AD]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad Mini 2 in Qatar?

How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPad Mini 2 from a Qatari power outlet

Using a USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type G power adapter to charge the iPad Mini 2 from a Qatari power outlet.

  1. To power the iPad Mini 2 from a Qatari power outlet you will need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will usually supply the USB cable when you first purchase your iPad Mini 2).
  2. Start by taking the Type G USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. You can identify this power outlet by the 3 vertical rectangular holes with shutters forming a triangular configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.
  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 can be found at the base of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Turn on the Qatari 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 takes around 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPad Mini 2 from a Qatari power outlet

How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 2 from a Qatari power outlet

Using a Lightning Apple connector with a Type D power adapter to charge your iPad Mini 2 from a Qatari power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPad Mini 2 using a Qatari power outlet you will need to use a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (typically already supplied with your device).
  2. Begin by taking the Type D USB power adapter and inserting it in the power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by 3 round holes forming a triangle configuration for live, neutral and earth pins.
  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 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Turn on the Qatari power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 2 is charging, typically taking roughly 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 2 from a Qatari power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Qatari wikipedia page
  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, £15-£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, estimated price around £10.
  6. iec.ch - Type D power outlet
  7. Type D USB power adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D USB chargers have large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, priced under £25.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, under £15.