How to charge the iPad Mini 2 in Sri Lanka

Instructions showing how to charge the iPad Mini 2 with a Sri Lankan power outlet by using the Lightning Apple connector and a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter, charging the iPad Mini 2 using a 3 pinned Type G power plug and powering the iPad Mini 2 using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

Sri Lankan power outlet

Various region codes and plug types can all be daunting when planning to stay in a different country if you've never visited before. However this isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your iPad Mini 2 in Sri Lanka. This useful guide shows what you'll need to charge the iPad Mini 2 when visiting Sri Lanka by using the standard Type G, D or M 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, please note that Type G plug outlets are used by most Sri Lankans. You will find that most power sockets differ depending on which region you're taking a trip to therefore please read the WikiConnections travel power connections list for a full list showing regions. If travelling to Sri Lanka from another country please make sure that your iPad Mini 2 can be used with a 240v supply. If it was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v make sure the iPad Mini 2 is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to avoid the device from overheating when charging it. If you plan on staying in a Sri Lankan destination like Colombo we suggest referring to the Sri Lanka country entry on wikipedia.org [1] for further information on visiting the area. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini 2.

Charging the iPad Mini 2 in Sri Lanka

Can the iPad Mini 2 be used in Sri Lanka?

You can connect the iPad Mini 2 to a Sri Lankan power outlet by using a power convertor.

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad Mini 2 in Sri Lanka?

When you are travelling to more than one country then the best international travel power adapter for Sri Lanka to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are three types of plug sockets that Sri Lankans use (types G, D and M) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type G. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the plugs. If your iPad Mini 2 supports Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times with one of these power chargers and additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other chargers having a four port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy seperate power chargers for your Sri Lankan trip or occupying additional power outlets. By only bringing a single travel charger will help keep the size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple phones and tablets and using only a single plug socket.

We recommend searching for a versatile travel charger similar to this at an electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Sri Lanka

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 2, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Sri Lanka 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 option for travellers originating from North America going to Sri Lanka.
  • 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 is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Sri Lanka. [10] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad Mini 2 in Sri Lanka?

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

A guide on how to power your iPad Mini 2 from a Sri Lankan power outlet with a USB Lightning cable and a Type G power charger.

  1. To supply power to the iPad Mini 2 using a Sri Lankan power outlet you will need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple should usually supply this cable with your iPad Mini 2.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type G USB power adapter and plugging it into the Sri Lankan power outlet. You can recognise the power supply by 3 holes with plastic shutters forming a triangular shape.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Lightning charging cable into the power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Turn on the Sri Lankan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad Mini 2 will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 2 is charging which typically takes roughly 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPad Mini 2 from a Sri Lankan power outlet

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

Using an Apple Lightning cable with a 3 pinned Type D power charger to power your iPad Mini 2 from a Sri Lankan power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the iPad Mini 2 using the Sri Lankan power outlet you'll need to use a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple should usually supply the USB cable with your iPad Mini 2.
  2. Start the process by taking the Type D USB power adapter and plugging it into the power supply. You can identify this wall supply by 3 circular holes forming a triangular pattern for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Turn on the Sri Lankan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 2 is recharging and takes between 1-4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 2 from a Sri Lankan power outlet

Powering the iPad Mini 2 with a Sri Lankan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

Instructions showing how to charge the iPad Mini 2 with a Sri Lankan power outlet by using the Lightning Apple connector and a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter.

  1. In order to charge your iPad Mini 2 using a Sri Lankan power outlet you will need a Type M USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], this cable is usually already included with your device.
  2. Start by inserting the Type M USB power adapter in the Sri Lankan power outlet. The plug outlet (sometimes called a Type M power outlet [8]) looks like three holes in a triangle configuration for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple USB Lightning power cord into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Switch on the Sri Lankan 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 roughly 60-240 minutes to recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini 2 with a Sri Lankan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Sri Lanka country entry on wikipedia.org
  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 £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 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 at £5-£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, priced under £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.