How to charge the iPad Mini when staying in Saudi Arabia

Instructions showing how to recharge the iPad Mini with a Saudi Arabian power outlet by using a USB Lightning cable with a Type B power charger, powering the iPad Mini using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter and charging the iPad Mini using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Saudi Arabian power outlet

Different combinations of standards and plugs can all be daunting when planning on travelling to a foreign country if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of common standards used in the world this guide tells you exactly what to buy in advance to charge your iPad Mini in Saudi Arabia. If you are travelling to Saudi Arabia the following instructions show charging your iPad Mini using their Type G, A, B or D Saudi Arabian 220 volt 60Hz plug outlets, Type G power outlets are used by most Saudi Arabians. When you are travelling to Saudi Arabia from a different country check your iPad Mini can be used with a 240v supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check that your iPad Mini is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from being damaged during charging. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in Saudi Arabia

Can the iPad Mini be used in Saudi Arabia?

You can connect the iPad Mini to a Saudi Arabian power outlet by using a power convertor.

What is the best power charger for the iPad Mini in Saudi Arabia?

If travelling with more than your iPad Mini and visiting more than one country then the best international travel power adapter for Saudi Arabia to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Saudi Arabians use four different types of plug sockets (G, A, B and D) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for both types A and G.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the plugs. If your 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 USB travel adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power demanding devices. Having a four port charger means you can charge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring multiple travel adapters on your trip to Saudi Arabia. Only bringing a single travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage whilst travelling and suitable for recharging your iPad Mini at the airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when you return home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets and phones without using up an additional power outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend searching for an adaptable power charger similar to this at an electronics retailer. The power adapter 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 on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Saudi Arabia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Saudi Arabia.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also 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 offers almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at almost half the 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Saudi Arabia. [12] [AD]
What is the best power charger for the iPad Mini in Saudi Arabia?

Powering the iPad Mini with a Saudi Arabian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Using a USB Lightning cable with a Type G power charger to power your iPad Mini from a Saudi Arabian power outlet.

  1. In order to charge your iPad Mini from a Saudi Arabian power outlet you will need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (normally included with your device).
  2. Start by inserting the Type G USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This wall supply, sometimes called the Type G power outlet [3], can be recognised by the 3 slots in a triangle configuration.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple USB Lightning charging 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 can be found at the base of the iPad Mini.
  4. Switch on the Saudi Arabian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up, typically taking around 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad Mini with a Saudi Arabian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

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

Using a USB Lightning Apple connector and a Type A power charger to power your iPad Mini from a Saudi Arabian power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPad Mini from the Saudi Arabian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple normally include the USB cable with your iPad Mini.
  2. Plug in the Type A USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This wall supply, sometimes called the Type A power outlet [6], is recognised by the 2 slots next to each other.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple USB Lightning charging cable into the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Mini.
  4. Switch on the Saudi Arabian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up, typically taking around one to four hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini with a Saudi Arabian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

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

A page on how to power your iPad Mini from a Saudi Arabian power outlet with a USB Lightning cable with a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter.

  1. In order to charge the iPad Mini from the Saudi Arabian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will typically include the USB cable with your iPad Mini.
  2. Plug in the Type B USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This wall supply, sometimes called a Type B power outlet [8], is recognised by the two thin slots with a semicircular hole below for the slightly longer earthed pin.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB cord into 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 base of the iPad Mini.
  4. Turn on the Saudi Arabian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up, typically taking around one to four hours to recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini with a Saudi Arabian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from a Saudi Arabian power outlet

A page on how to power your iPad Mini from a Saudi Arabian power outlet with an Apple Lightning cable with a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter.

  1. To supply power to the iPad Mini using a Saudi Arabian power outlet you will need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should usually supply this cable with your iPad Mini).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type F USB power adapter in the Saudi Arabian power outlet. The recessed circular plug outlet (called a Type F power outlet [10] or Schuko outlet) can be identified by the two large circular adjacent holes and grounding clips above and below.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple USB Lightning charging cable into the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Mini.
  4. Switch on the Saudi Arabian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up, typically taking around 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from a Saudi Arabian power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Saudi Arabian 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, costing £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, £15-£20.
  6. iec.ch - Type A power outlet
  7. 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, priced at around £1.
  8. iec.ch - Type B power outlet
  9. 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, £20-£25.
  10. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  11. 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, estimated price £15-£20.
  12. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated price £10-£15.