How to charge the iPad Mini 2 in Albania

Simple instructions showing how to recharge your iPad Mini 2 with an Albanian power outlet with a USB Lightning cable and a Type C USB adapter and how to power the iPad Mini 2 using a double pinned Type F power adapter.

Albanian power outlet

Differing standards and voltages can often be daunting when planning to travel to another country especially to the first time traveller. This page has been written to prepare people wanting to power the iPad Mini 2 abroad.This step-by-step guide will show how to charge your iPad Mini 2 when you are in Albania by using their types F or C Albanian 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. When travelling you'll find power supplies vary depending on which region you travelling to therefore we recommend reading the Wiki Connections global power sockets list where you'll find a complete list showing charging devices in different destinations. When you are visiting Albania from another country please double check your iPad Mini 2 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v check the iPad Mini 2 is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to stop the device from overloading during charging. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini 2.

Charging the iPad Mini 2 in Albania

Can the iPad Mini 2 be used in Albania?

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

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

When you are travelling with more than your iPad Mini 2 and visiting multiple countries then the best travel adapter for Albania to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two types of power outlets that Albanians use (F and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the supplied plugs. If your model of iPad Mini 2 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times by using one of these types of power adapters, plus compatibility with more power demanding devices.

This will allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring individual power adapters on your Albanian trip or occupying additional wall sockets. Only needing to bring a single travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage whilst travelling as well as being on hand for recharging your iPad Mini 2 at the airport or on a plane. Due to their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and speakers and using only a single power outlet.

If you travel often we suggest buying an adaptable travel adapter similar to this online; the multipurpose power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Albania

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting regions with unstable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 Albania.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also 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 gives practically the same set of features 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 a flexible 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 Albania.
What is the best travel charger for the iPad Mini 2 in Albania?

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

Simple instructions showing how to recharge your iPad Mini 2 with an Albanian power outlet with a USB Lightning cable and a Type C USB adapter.

  1. If you want to charge your iPad Mini 2 using the Albanian power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should typically include this cable when you buy the iPad Mini 2).
  2. Begin by plugging the Type C USB power adapter in the Albanian power outlet. This unearthed plug outlet is recognised by two holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB charging cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Turn on the Albanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad Mini 2 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging which takes around one-four hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 2 from an Albanian power outlet

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

Simple instructions showing how to charge your iPad Mini 2 from an Albanian power outlet by using a USB Lightning cable and a double pinned Type F power adapter.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPad Mini 2 from the Albanian power outlet you will need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple should usually include the cable with the iPad Mini 2.
  2. First plug in the Type F USB power adapter in the power supply. This recessed round wall outlet (sometimes known as a Type F power outlet [6] or Schuko outlet) can be recognised by two 4.8mm holes 19 mm next to each other for live and neutral pins along with two thin grounding clips above and below.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB charging cable into the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Turn on the Albanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad Mini 2 will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging which should take around 1 - 4 hours to recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad Mini 2 with an Albanian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albania - Albania page on Wikipedia.org
  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, estimated cost £15-£20.
  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, around £4.
  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, around £15.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced at around £10.