How to charge your iPad Mini 2 from a power outlet in Russia

Instructions showing how to charge the iPad Mini 2 with a Russian power outlet with the Lightning Apple cable with a 2 pinned Europlug Type C power charger and how to recharge the iPad Mini 2 using a double pin Type F Schuko USB adapter.

Russian power outlet

Different combinations of standards and plugs can often be confusing when planning to visit another country, especially for the first time traveller. The following useful guide shows what you'll need to charge the iPad Mini 2 when visiting Russia by using the F or C type 220 volt 50Hz power outlets, most Russians will typically use the Type F plug outlets. When you are travelling to Russia from another region please ensure that the iPad Mini 2 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) double check your iPad Mini 2 is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from over-heating 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 Russia

Can you use the iPad Mini 2 in Russia?

Yes, you can use the iPad Mini 2 in Russia.

What is the best power charger for the iPad Mini 2 in Russia?

If travelling to multiple countries the best travel adapter for Russia to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Russians use two different types of plug sockets (types F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the plugs. If your type of iPad Mini 2 can support Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these travel adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power demanding devices. Unlike other chargers this means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to pack individual travel adapters on your trip to Russia. Because you are only packing a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without using up an additional wall outlet.

We suggest buying a versatile travel adapter like this at an electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Russia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPad Mini 2, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Russia using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Russia. [8] [AD]
What is the best power charger for the iPad Mini 2 in Russia?

Charging the iPad Mini 2 from a Russian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Instructions showing how to charge the iPad Mini 2 from a Russian power outlet with an Apple Lightning cable with a Type C power charger.

  1. In order to charge the iPad Mini 2 from the Russian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple typically supply this cable when you first purchase your iPad Mini 2.
  2. Begin by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it into the Russian power outlet. This unearthed wall supply (sometimes known as the Europlug) can be identified by two circular holes adjacent to each other.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Turn on the Russian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 2 is recharging taking roughly 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge.
Charging the iPad Mini 2 from a Russian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 2 from a Russian power outlet

Using the Lightning Apple connector and a two pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter to recharge your iPad Mini 2 from a Russian power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the iPad Mini 2 using a Russian power outlet you'll need to use a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will typically supply this cable when you first purchase your iPad Mini 2).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type F USB power adapter in the wall outlet. The recessed circular plug outlet (sometimes known as the Type F power outlet [6]) can be identified by two large circular holes 19 mm adjacent to each other along with grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Connect one end of the cord into the mains USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Switch on the Russian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up which should take roughly 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 2 from a Russian power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Russian Wiki 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, £5-£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, £10-£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, £15-£20.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, under £15.