Charging the iPad Mini 4 when planning a trip to Bulgaria

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPad Mini 4 with a Bulgarian power outlet using a Lightning connector with a Type C Europlug power adapter and charging the iPad Mini 4 using a Type F Schuko power adapter.

Bulgarian power outlet

Different voltages and region codes can all be daunting when planning to stay in a foreign country especially if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of sockets used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what to pick up in advance to power your iPad Mini 4 . These instructions have been specifically written to prepare travellers wanting to power their iPad Mini 4 when staying in Bulgaria.When you are staying in Bulgaria these useful instructions show how to supply power to the iPad Mini 4 by using their standard Type F or C 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. If you are visiting Bulgaria from another country ensure that your iPad Mini 4 can be charged using a 240v supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure that your iPad Mini 4 is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power converter to stop the device from being damaged when charging it. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 9 or greater on the iPad Mini 4.

Charging the iPad Mini 4 in Bulgaria

Can you use the iPad Mini 4 in Bulgaria?

You can use the iPad Mini 4 in Bulgaria by using a power adaptor.

Bulgaria

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad Mini 4 in Bulgaria?

If you are travelling with more than your iPad Mini 4 or visiting more than one country the best international travel adapter for Bulgaria is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Bulgarians use two different types of wall outlets (types F and C) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type C. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by changing the heads. If your iPad Mini 4 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers, plus additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other travel chargers this will allow you to power more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel chargers. By only packing a single lightweight travel charger will keep the weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage while travelling. Because of their versatility these types of travel chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets with just a single power outlet.

For those travelling to Bulgaria we suggest searching for this type of flexible travel charger online; the travel charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Bulgaria

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unstable power supplies. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Bulgaria and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 compact option for travellers originating from America going to Bulgaria using 3 pin type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This gives practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more flexible 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 Bulgaria. [8]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad Mini 4 in Bulgaria?

Charging the iPad Mini 4 from a Bulgarian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPad Mini 4 with a Bulgarian power outlet using a Lightning connector with a Type C Europlug power adapter.

  1. If you want to power your iPad Mini 4 from the Bulgarian power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will typically supply the cable with the iPad Mini 4).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the Bulgarian power outlet. The wall outlet is identified by the 2 round adjacent holes where the twin plug outlet pins slide into.
  3. Connect one end of the USB power cord into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 4. The iPad Mini 4 lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Mini 4.
  4. Switch on the Bulgarian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 4 is powering up and takes around 1-4.5 hours to recharge.
Charging the iPad Mini 4 from a Bulgarian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Charging the iPad Mini 4 from a Bulgarian power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

A page showing how to charge your iPad Mini 4 with a Bulgarian power outlet using a Lightning connector with a Type F Schuko power adapter.

  1. If you want to power your iPad Mini 4 from a Bulgarian power outlet you'll need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - this USB cable is normally already included with the device by Apple.
  2. Start by taking the Type F USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. The circular wall outlet (sometimes called the Type F power outlet [6]) can be recognised by the two 4.8mm round adjacent holes for live and neutral pins, plus two metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 4. The iPad Mini 4 lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Mini 4.
  4. Switch on the Bulgarian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 4 is powering up and takes around 1-4.5 hours to recharge.
Charging the iPad Mini 4 from a Bulgarian power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia.org web page about Bulgaria
  2. Apple - iPad Mini 4 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, estimated cost around £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, around £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, around £15.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, around £10.