How to charge the iPad Mini from a power outlet in South Korea

Instructions showing how to charge the iPad Mini from a South Korean power outlet with the Lightning Apple cable with a Europlug Type C USB adapter and how to charge the iPad Mini using a double pinned Type F Schuko power plug.

South Korean power outlet

Differing combinations of standards and sockets can all be confusing when planning to stay in another country especially if you've never visited before. These guidelines were written to prevent people needing to worry if they'll be able to power the iPad Mini when they are visiting South Korea.If going to South Korea this page has instructions showing how to charge your iPad Mini using the standard Type F or C 220 volt 60Hz power outlets, Type F wall outlets will be normally used by most South Koreans. When visiting South Korea from another country please check that your iPad Mini can accept a 240 volt supply. If the iPad Mini was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check that the iPad Mini is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to prevent the device from being damaged whilst powering it. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in South Korea

Can you use the iPad Mini in South Korea?

Yes, you can use the iPad Mini in South Korea by using a power convertor.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad Mini in South Korea?

If travelling with more than your iPad Mini or visiting multiple countries the best travel adapter for South Korea to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different standards of wall outlets that South Koreans use (types F and C) and using a power charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C.

As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by switching the plugs over. If your model of iPad Mini is compatible with Fast Charge (note not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of power chargers, along with additional support for certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port adapter will allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack seperate travel adapters. Because you are only needing to bring a single international travel charger will help keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage while travelling and convenient for charging your iPad Mini at an airport or on a plane. Due to their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without needing an additional plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we recommend buying this type of flexible power adapter online. The travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for South Korea

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both South Korea and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from America going to South Korea.
  • 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 originating from the US using type B plugs and is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting South Korea. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad Mini in South Korea?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from a South Korean power outlet

Instructions on how to charge the iPad Mini with a South Korean power outlet with the Lightning Apple cable with a Type C USB adapter.

  1. If you want to charge the iPad Mini from a South Korean power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will usually supply the USB cable when you purchase the iPad Mini.
  2. Insert the Type C USB power adapter in the South Korean power outlet. This unearthed wall outlet can be identified by the two round adjacent holes where the twin plug outlet pins go. Type C plug outlets in South Korea aren't as commonplace as Type F sockets.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple USB cord 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 base of the iPad Mini.
  4. Switch on the South Korean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up, typically taking roughly 1-4 hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from a South Korean power outlet

Powering the iPad Mini with a South Korean power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

A step by step guide showing you how to charge the iPad Mini from a South Korean power outlet with the Lightning Apple cable with a Schuko Type F USB adapter.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad Mini from the South Korean power outlet you'll need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should usually include the USB cable when you first purchase your iPad Mini).
  2. Start by taking the Type F USB power adapter and inserting it into the wall outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by two round holes 19 mm adjacent to each other where the twin pins sit, plus metal grounding clips above and below. The most common sockets found in South Korea are Type F electrical sockets.
  3. Then connect one 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 found at the base of the iPad Mini.
  4. Switch on the South Korean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad Mini will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up which should take between 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini with a South Korean power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

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  1. Visitkorea - Korea Tourism Organization site
  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, costs £5-£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, £10-£15.
  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, priced £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.