Charging your iPad Mini from a power outlet in Saint Martin

Using the Apple Lightning connector and a 2 pin Europlug Type C power adapter to power the iPad Mini from a St Martins power outlet and charging the iPad Mini using a Schuko Type F USB plug.

St Martins power outlet

Varying different frequencies and standards can often be confusing when planning on staying in a foreign country, especially if you've never been there before. This isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of standards used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need to pick up in advance to charge the iPad Mini . This guide has been specifically written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPad Mini when you're going abroad.If you're staying in Saint Martin these instructions show charging the iPad Mini by using the types F or C 230 volt 60Hz plug outlets, a majority of Saint Martins will normally use Type F plugs in their plug outlets. If you are visiting Saint Martin from another country make sure that the iPad Mini can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure that your device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to avoid the device from being damaged when charging it. If you plan on taking a trip to a destination such as Marigot we also suggest reading the Wikipedia page about Saint Martin [1] for further information. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in Saint Martin

Can the iPad Mini be used in Saint Martin?

Yes, you can connect the iPad Mini to a St Martins power outlet by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best travel charger for the iPad Mini in Saint Martin?

When travelling to more than one country or bringing more than your iPad Mini then the best travel adapter for Saint Martin is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two standards of wall outlets that Saint Martins use (F and C) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world just by switching the heads. If your model of iPad Mini is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times by using one of these USB power adapters, plus additional support for more power hungry devices.

This means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel adapters for your St Martins trip. Only needing a single USB travel charger will keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage. Because of their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets and smartphones without needing an additional plug socket.

If you travel regularly we suggest searching for this type of flexible travel adapter online; the multipurpose power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Saint Martin

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary for travellers to counties with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 Saint Martin.
  • 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. This is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for 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 suitable for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Saint Martin. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for the iPad Mini in Saint Martin?

Powering the iPad Mini with a St Martins power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Using the Apple Lightning connector and a 2 pin Europlug Type C power adapter to power the iPad Mini from a St Martins power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad Mini using the St Martins power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - this USB cable is typically supplied with your iPad Mini by Apple.
  2. Start by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the wall supply. The wall outlet is identified by the 2 circular holes next to each other.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the mains power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Mini.
  4. Switch on the St Martins power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad Mini screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Mini is powering up and takes roughly 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini with a St Martins power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your iPad Mini from a St Martins power outlet

Using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type F Schuko power charger to charge your iPad Mini with a St Martins power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPad Mini from a St Martins power outlet you will need to use a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should normally supply the USB cable when you buy your iPad Mini).
  2. Firstly you'll need to plug the Type F USB power adapter into the St Martins power outlet. The circular wall outlet (sometimes called the Type F power outlet [6] or Schuko plug) can be recognised by two round holes 19 mm next to each other where the live and neutral pins slide into and a pair of two metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the mains USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad Mini.
  4. Turn on the St Martins power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging, typically taking between 1 - 4 hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your iPad Mini from a St Martins power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia page about Saint Martin
  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, costing £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, priced around £10.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, around £10.