How to charge your iPad Mini from a power outlet in Singapore

A page on how to recharge the iPad Mini with a Singapore power outlet by using an Apple Lightning cable with a Type G power adapter, how to recharge the iPad Mini using a double pinned Type C Europlug USB charger and charging the iPad Mini using a Type M power charger

Singapore power outlet

Various standards and voltages can often be daunting when planning on visiting another country especially if you've never visited before. When you are visiting Singapore this page contains instructions showing how to charge your iPad Mini using their standard types G, C or M Singapore 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, please be aware Type G wall outlets will be typically used by most Singaporeans. When you are visiting Singapore from a different country make sure the iPad Mini can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v make sure the iPad Mini is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to stop the device from over-heating during charging. If you are planning to visit a Singapore destination like Singapore or Sentosa refer to the Visit Singapore [1] for more information. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in Singapore

Can you use the iPad Mini in Singapore?

Yes, you can use the iPad Mini in Singapore by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad Mini in Singapore?

When you are travelling to multiple countries the best travel power adapter for Singapore to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Singaporeans use three different standards of wall outlets (G, C and M) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for both types C and G.

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by changing the supplied plugs. If your iPad Mini supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB travel chargers plus compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets. Having a 4 port adapter means you can charge more than one device at the same time without needing to buy individual power chargers for your trip to Singapore. Because you are only needing to pack a single international travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage. Due to their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones, tablets and speakers and using just a single plug socket.

For those travelling on a regular basis we recommend searching for this type of flexible power charger at an electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Singapore

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 these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable power grids. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Singapore 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 most popular portable power converter for travellers originating from America going to Singapore.
  • 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 originating from North America using type B plugs. This gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Singapore. [10] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad Mini in Singapore?

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

A page on how to recharge the iPad Mini with a Singapore power outlet by using an Apple Lightning cable with a Type G power adapter.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad Mini using a Singapore power outlet you'll need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will typically include the USB cable when you first purchase the iPad Mini).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type G USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This plug outlet, technically known as a Type G power outlet [3], can be recognised by the three vertical slots containing shutters forming a triangular shape. The most common sockets found in Singapore are Type G power sockets.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the mains power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Mini.
  4. Turn on the Singapore power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging and takes between 1 - 4 hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini with a Singapore power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad Mini from a Singapore power outlet

Using the Apple Lightning cable with a Type C power adapter to charge the iPad Mini with a Singapore power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPad Mini from a Singapore power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will normally include the cable when you first purchase your iPad Mini.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it in the Singapore power outlet. This wall supply, sometimes known as the Type C power outlet [6], is recognised by the two round holes next to each other for live and neutral. Be aware that Type C power sockets might not be as common in Singapore.
  3. Connect the USB end of the 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 is found at the bottom of the iPad Mini.
  4. Turn on the Singapore power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPad Mini will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up which should take between 1-4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad Mini from a Singapore power outlet

Powering the iPad Mini with a Singapore power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

A page on how to recharge the iPad Mini with a Singapore power outlet by using an Apple Lightning cable with a Type M power adapter.

  1. If you want to power the iPad Mini using a Singapore power outlet you'll need to use a Type M USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should typically include the USB cable when you first purchase the iPad Mini).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type M USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This power outlet, technically known as a Type M power outlet [8], can be recognised by the three large circular holes in a triangle configuration for live, neutral and earth pins. Type M power outlets in Singapore aren't as commonplace.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the mains power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Mini.
  4. Turn on the Singapore 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 iPad is charging and takes between 1 - 4 hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini with a Singapore power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

See also

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  1. Visitsingapore - Visit Singapore
  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, £15-£20.
  6. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  7. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, around £10.
  8. iec.ch - Type M power outlet
  9. Type M USB power adapter - South African Type M USB chargers have three large circular pins in a triangular shape with the top earthed pin longer and larger in diameter, estimated price £5-£10.
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, £10-£15.