Charging the iPad Mini 2 from a power outlet in England

Using an Apple USB Lightning connector and a Type G USB charger to power the iPad Mini 2 from a British power outlet.

British power outlet

Varying different frequencies and region codes can all be daunting when planning on staying in a different country, especially to the first time traveller. This page has been written to help prepare travellers wanting to charge the iPad Mini 2 abroad.This page is a simple guide telling you how to charge your iPad Mini 2 when travelling to England by using their standard 230 volt 50Hz Type G plug outlet, with the Britons using BS 1363 13 amp plugs for power outlets. Most power sockets are different from region to region so please read our WikiConnections global power sockets page where you'll find a full list showing countries. When visiting England from another country make sure the iPad Mini 2 can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts double check your iPad Mini 2 is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to avoid the device from being damaged when powering up. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini 2.

Charging the iPad Mini 2 in England

Can the iPad Mini 2 be used in England?

Yes, you can connect the iPad Mini 2 to a British power outlet by using a power adaptor.

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What is the best travel adapter for the iPad Mini 2 in England?

When you are travelling to multiple countries or bringing more than just your iPad Mini 2 the best international travel charger for England to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by switching the supplied plugs. If your model of iPad Mini 2 is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these types of USB power adapters, plus additional compatibility with certain power hungry devices like tablets. This will allow you to power multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack individual travel chargers or occupying additional wall sockets. Only packing a single USB travel charger will keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand luggage while travelling. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple phones, tablets and speakers with just a single wall outlet.

If you travel to different countries we suggest buying a versatile power charger of this nature online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for England

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, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 best selling portable power adapter for travellers originating from America going to England.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs and is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting England. [6]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPad Mini 2 in England?

Powering the iPad Mini 2 with a British power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

A guide showing how to charge the iPad Mini 2 from a British power outlet by using a USB Lightning connector with a 3 pin Type G USB charger.

  1. To power the iPad Mini 2 using a British power outlet you'll need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], this USB cable is typically supplied with the device by Apple.
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type G USB power adapter in the power outlet. The power supply, technically called a Type G power outlet [3], can be recognised by three rectangular holes with shutters in a triangular pattern for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple power cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Switch on the British power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging, typically taking roughly 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini 2 with a British power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia web page about England
  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, £20-£25.
  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. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costing around £10.