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

Using the Apple Lightning connector and a two pinned Europlug Type C power charger to charge the iPad Mini from a Polish power outlet and how to recharge the iPad Mini using a two pinned Type E power plug.

Polish power outlet

Various standards and plugs can all be confusing when planning on travelling to another country to the first time traveller. This page has step by step instructions telling you exactly what you'll need to supply power to the iPad Mini when staying in Poland by using the E or C type Polish 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, Type E plug outlets will be typically used by most Poles. When travelling to Poland from another country check your iPad Mini can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) ensure that 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 up. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in Poland

Can you use the iPad Mini in Poland?

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

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad Mini in Poland?

When travelling to more than one country and bringing more than just your iPad Mini the best travel power adapter for Poland is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Poles use two different standards of wall outlets (E and C) and bringing this ensures 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 multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by switching the heads over. If your iPad Mini is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these travel adapters plus compatibility with more power hungry devices. This means you can recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack individual travel adapters for your Polish trip. Only bringing a single USB travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage as well as being suitable for recharging your iPad Mini at an airport or on a plane. Because of their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and e-readers with only a single power outlet.

We recommend searching for a flexible travel adapter similar to this online. The power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Poland

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, North 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 most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from America going to Poland.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs. This offers the same functionality as the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at 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 Poland. [8] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad Mini in Poland?

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

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

  1. If you want to charge the iPad Mini using a Polish power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple usually supply this USB cable when you purchase the iPad Mini.
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the Polish power outlet. The wall supply (called the Europlug) can be identified by the two holes next to each other.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Lightning charging cable into the mains USB adapter 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 Polish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up which typically takes between one to four hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from a Polish power outlet

Charging the iPad Mini from a Polish power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

A step-by-step guide showing how to recharge your iPad Mini from a Polish power outlet by using an Apple Lightning connector and a two pinned Type E power charger.

  1. To supply power to your iPad Mini from the Polish power outlet you will need a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - the cable is typically included with the iPad Mini by Apple.
  2. Begin by taking the Type E USB power adapter and plugging it in the power outlet. This recessed circular power supply can be identified by two large round holes 19mm apart from each other plus one metal grounding pin protruding in the top forming a triangular pattern.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Apple Lightning power cord into the bottom of the mains USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Mini.
  4. Switch on the Polish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad Mini will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes between 60 to 240 minutes to recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPad Mini from a Polish power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Poland Wikipedia web page
  2. Apple - official iPad 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 £10-£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, £15-£20.
  6. iec.ch - Type E power outlet
  7. Type E USB power adapter - There are two 4.8mm pins on Type E USB chargers which are placed 19mm apart and may include a hole for an earthing pin, estimated cost under £10.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced around £10.