How to charge the iPad Mini when planning a trip to Cyprus

Using a USB Lightning Apple connector and a Type G power adapter to charge the iPad Mini from a Cypriot power outlet.

Cypriot power outlet

Various combinations of frequencies and region codes can often lead to confusion when planning on staying in a foreign country especially if you've never been there before. This isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards used throughout the world this article shows exactly what to pick up in advance to power the iPad Mini in Cyprus. This page was written to prevent people needing to worry if they'll be able to power their iPad Mini abroad.This page has instructions showing you exactly what you'll need to supply power to your iPad Mini when staying in Cyprus using their standard 240 volt 50Hz Type G Cypriot power outlet, the Cypriots will use a 13 amp plug for charging. Power sources will vary from region to region therefore please read our Wiki Connections global power sockets list for a complete list of countries. When you are visiting Cyprus from a different region please make sure your iPad Mini can be used with a 240 volt supply. If the iPad Mini was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v ensure the device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to stop the device from overheating whilst powering it. If you intend on taking a trip to a place like Nicosia we also recommend reading the wikipedia web page about Cyprus [1] for more indepth information. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in Cyprus

Can the iPad Mini be used in Cyprus?

You can use the iPad Mini in Cyprus by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best power charger for the iPad Mini in Cyprus?

When you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing more than just your iPad Mini the best travel power adapter for Cyprus is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the included heads over. If your iPad Mini can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB power chargers, along with support for certain power hungry devices like tablets. This means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to pack individual travel adapters for your trip or using up additional wall sockets. By only packing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling as well as being on hand for recharging your iPad Mini at the airport or on a flight. Because of their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple phones and tablets without using up an additional power outlet.

For those travelling regularly we recommend buying this type of flexible travel adapter at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Cyprus

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Cyprus and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from America visiting Cyprus.
  • 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 from America using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at almost half the 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 Cyprus.
What is the best power charger for the iPad Mini in Cyprus?

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

Using the Apple Lightning connector and a 3 pinned Type G power charger to charge the iPad Mini from a Cypriot power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad Mini from the Cypriot power outlet you'll need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple typically supply this USB cable when you purchase your iPad Mini).
  2. Start by taking the Type G USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. You can identify the plug supply by three vertical slots containing plastic shutters in a triangle shape.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple power cable into the USB 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. Switch on the Cypriot power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad Mini will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes roughly 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad Mini with a Cypriot power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyprus - wikipedia web page about Cyprus
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1595/en_US/ipad_user_guide.pdf - Official iPad user guide
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeG.htm - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - Provides power from a type G mains power supply
  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
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters