Charging the iPad Mini 2 when visiting Netherlands

Using a USB Lightning cable and a double pin Europlug Type C power charger to charge the iPad Mini 2 from a Dutch power outlet and how to charge the iPad Mini 2 using a two pinned Type F power adapter.

Dutch power outlet

If you are packing for a holiday it's helpful to know in advance if you can power all your essential electronics like cell phones and laptop computers when you arrive. By not knowing which plug socket is being used in Netherlands you could end up either weighing your bags down with unnecessary spare adaptors or bring the wrong power adaptor, leaving you needing to buy or borrow a potentially expensive power adaptor when you arrive which could be incompatible. Varying different region codes and sockets can all be confusing when planning on visiting a new country to the first time traveller. This isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of standards used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what to pick up in advance to power the iPad Mini 2 in Netherlands. The following step-by-step guide shows exactly how to charge your iPad Mini 2 when you are in Netherlands using their standard types F or C 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, Type F plug outlets will be typically used by most Dutch. When you are travelling to Netherlands from another country please double check your iPad Mini 2 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts make sure your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged whilst powering it up. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini 2.

Charging the iPad Mini 2 in Netherlands

Can you use the iPad Mini 2 in Netherlands?

Yes, you can connect the iPad Mini 2 to a Dutch power outlet.

What is the best travel charger for the iPad Mini 2 in Netherlands?

When you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing more than just your iPad Mini 2 the best international travel charger for Netherlands is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two standards of power outlets that Dutch use (types F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied heads. If your type of iPad Mini 2 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these travel adapters plus compatibility with more power demanding devices.

Unlike other travel chargers this means you can power more than one device at the same time without needing to buy seperate power adapters on your Dutch trip or occupying additional wall sockets. By only packing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling as well as being on hand for recharging your iPad Mini 2 at the airport or on a plane. Because of their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple phones, tablets and speakers and using just a single plug socket.

We recommend searching for this type of versatile power charger at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Netherlands

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world 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 converters offer surge protection which is crucial when visiting counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Netherlands using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and offers almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Netherlands.
What is the best travel charger for the iPad Mini 2 in Netherlands?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 2 from a Dutch power outlet

Using a USB Lightning cable and a double pin Europlug Type C power charger to charge the iPad Mini 2 from a Dutch power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge your iPad Mini 2 using a Dutch power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple normally supply this USB cable when you purchase the iPad Mini 2).
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type C USB power adapter in the Dutch power outlet. This plug outlet, also called the Europlug, can be identified by the 2 adjacent holes next to each other.
  3. Connect one end of the Lightning charging cord into the bottom of the mains USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Turn on the Dutch power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 2 is powering up, typically taking roughly one to four hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 2 from a Dutch power outlet

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

Learn how to charge the iPad Mini 2 from a Dutch power outlet using the Apple Lightning connector and a Type F USB adapter.

  1. To supply power to your iPad Mini 2 from a Dutch power outlet you will need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (normally already supplied with your device by Apple).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type F USB power adapter and inserting it into the Dutch power outlet. The sunken round power outlet (known as the Schuko outlet) can be identified by the two adjacent holes next to each other where the plug outlet pins go along with a pair of two grounding clips above and below.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning 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 bottom of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Switch on the Dutch power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad Mini 2 will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging and takes roughly one-four hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini 2 with a Dutch power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netherlands - Netherlands country Wiki page
  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/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet, costing around £15.
  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, priced £4-£5.
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  7. Type F USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type F mains power outlet, estimated cost £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.