How to charge the iPad Mini 4 from a power outlet in Albania

Using a Lightning Apple connector with a Type C USB adapter to charge your iPad Mini 4 from an Albanian power outlet and charging the iPad Mini 4 using a Schuko Type F USB adapter.

Albanian power outlet

Complicated combinations of standards and sockets can often be daunting when planning on staying in a new country to the first time traveller. These instructions have been written to prevent you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPad Mini 4 abroad.If you are staying in Albania this page has useful instructions showing how to charge your iPad Mini 4 using the standard Type F or C 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. When visiting Albania from another country please double check your iPad Mini 4 can accept a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v ensure the iPad Mini 4 is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overheating when charging it. If you're planning to visit an Albanian place such as Tirana or DurrĂ«s we also suggest referring to the Albania Wikipedia web page [1] for more information prior to the location. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 9 or greater on the iPad Mini 4.

Charging the iPad Mini 4 in Albania

Can the iPad Mini 4 be used in Albania?

You can use the iPad Mini 4 in Albania by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPad Mini 4 in Albania?

If travelling to more than one country the best international travel charger for Albania is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Albanians use two different standards of plug sockets (F and C) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the included heads over. If your iPad Mini 4 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. Unlike other adapters having a 4 port charger means you can charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack seperate power adapters. Because you are only packing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage whilst travelling. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of adapters can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones, tablets and speakers without needing an additional plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we suggest buying this type of flexible travel adapter at your preferred electronics retailer; the multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous 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 any country who only have USB devices such as the iPad Mini 4, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters 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 devices from voltage spikes. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Albania and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 option for travellers originating from North America going to Albania 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 travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Albania.
What is the best travel adapter for the iPad Mini 4 in Albania?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 4 from an Albanian power outlet

Using a Lightning Apple connector with a Type C USB adapter to charge your iPad Mini 4 from an Albanian power outlet.

  1. To power the iPad Mini 4 from an Albanian power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple typically supply this USB cable when you buy the iPad Mini 4).
  2. Begin by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it in the power supply. You can identify this plug outlet by 2 circular adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Apple USB Lightning cord into the bottom of the mains power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 4. The iPad Mini 4 lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad Mini 4.
  4. Switch on the Albanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad Mini 4 will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes between 60 to 300 minutes to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 4 from an Albanian power outlet

Powering the iPad Mini 4 with an Albanian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Using a USB Lightning Apple connector and a 2 pinned Type F power adapter to charge the iPad Mini 4 from an Albanian power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPad Mini 4 using the Albanian power outlet you'll need to use a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will usually supply the USB cable when you purchase your iPad Mini 4.
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type F USB power adapter into the Albanian power outlet. The recessed round wall supply can be identified by the two 4.8mm holes 19 mm apart from each other, plus a pair of metal grounding clips above and below.
  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 4. The iPad Mini 4 lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Mini 4.
  4. Switch on the Albanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad Mini 4 will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up taking between one to five and a half hours to recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad Mini 4 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 Wikipedia web page
  2. https://help.apple.com/ipad/9/ - iPad Mini 4 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 price £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, costs £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 around £15.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, £10-£15.