Charging the iPad Mini 4 when planning a trip to Greenland

Instructions showing you how to power the iPad Mini 4 from a Greenlandic power outlet with the USB Lightning Apple cable and a 2 pin Type F USB charger, powering the iPad Mini 4 using a Type C Europlug power adapter and powering the iPad Mini 4 using a two pinned Type E power charger

Greenlandic power outlet

If planning a vacation it's useful to know if you can use any common electronics when you get there. But by not knowing which plug socket is being used you could pack the wrong power charger, meaning having to purchase a potentially expensive charger when you need to recharge which might not be compatible and cause problems with your iPad Mini 4. Various combinations of region codes and voltages can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country, especially if you've never been there before. When you're staying in Greenland this page contains useful instructions showing charging the iPad Mini 4 by using their standard E, C, F or K type Greenlandic 220 volt 50Hz power outlets, please note Type E power outlets will be used by a majority of Greenlanders. If you are visiting Greenland from another country ensure that your iPad Mini 4 can be charged using a 240v supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure your iPad Mini 4 is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to avoid the device from over-heating when powering up. If you intend on travelling to a Greenlandic place like Nuuk or Sisimiut we also suggest reading the Greenland page on Wikipedia [1] for more details. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 9 or greater on the iPad Mini 4.

Charging the iPad Mini 4 in Greenland

Can you use the iPad Mini 4 in Greenland?

You can use the iPad Mini 4 in Greenland by using a power adaptor.

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad Mini 4 in Greenland?

If you are travelling with more than your iPad Mini 4 or visiting more than one country the best international travel adapter for Greenland is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Greenlanders use four different types of wall outlets (types E, C, F and K) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type C. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by changing the heads. If your iPad Mini 4 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers, plus additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. This means you can charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy individual power adapters for your Greenlandic trip or using up additional power sockets. Because you are only needing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and speakers without using up an additional wall outlet.

We recommend buying an adaptable travel charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Greenland

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPad Mini 4, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of regions with unreliable power grids. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Greenland and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from America going to Greenland using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs and is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Greenland. [12] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad Mini 4 in Greenland?

Charging the iPad Mini 4 from a Greenlandic power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a 2 pin Europlug Type C USB charger to recharge your iPad Mini 4 with a Greenlandic power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your iPad Mini 4 from a Greenlandic power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will typically supply the cable with the iPad Mini 4).
  2. Plug the Type C USB power adapter into the power outlet. You can recognise this plug supply by the two holes adjacent to each other.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB charging cord into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 4. The iPad Mini 4 lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad Mini 4.
  4. Turn on the Greenlandic power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging which takes between 60 to 300 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPad Mini 4 from a Greenlandic power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 4 from a Greenlandic power outlet

Using a Lightning connector with a Type E USB charger to charge your iPad Mini 4 with a Greenlandic power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad Mini 4 using the Greenlandic power outlet you will need to use a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], typically supplied with your iPad Mini 4 by Apple.
  2. Start by taking the Type E USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. The circular wall outlet (sometimes called the Type E power outlet [6]) can be recognised by two 4.8mm round adjacent holes for live and neutral pins and a single metal earth pin protruding in the top in a triangular configuration.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB power adapter 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. Turn on the Greenlandic power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is charging which typically takes roughly one to five and a half hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 4 from a Greenlandic power outlet

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 4 from a Greenlandic power outlet

Instructions showing you how to power the iPad Mini 4 from a Greenlandic power outlet with the USB Lightning Apple cable and a 2 pin Type F USB charger.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad Mini 4 using the Greenlandic power outlet you will need to use a Type F USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - this USB cable is normally already included with the device by Apple.
  2. Start by taking the Type F USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. The sunken circular power outlet, also known as a Type F power outlet [8], can be identified by the two circular adjacent holes for live and neutral pins, plus two metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB charging cord into the bottom of the USB mains adapter 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. Turn on the Greenlandic power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging, typically taking between 60 to 300 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 4 from a Greenlandic power outlet

Powering the iPad Mini 4 with a Greenlandic power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type K USB adapter

Using a Lightning connector with a Type K USB charger to charge your iPad Mini 4 with a Greenlandic power outlet.

  1. To power your iPad Mini 4 from a Greenlandic power outlet you'll need to buy a Type K USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will typically supply the cable with the iPad Mini 4).
  2. Plug the Type K USB power adapter into the Greenlandic power outlet. This power outlet (sometimes called the Type K power outlet [10]) can be recognised by 3 large holes in a triangle pattern for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB power adapter 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. Turn on the Greenlandic power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is charging which typically takes roughly 1 - 4.5 hours to recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini 4 with a Greenlandic power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type K USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Greenland page on Wikipedia
  2. Apple - iPad Mini 4 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, costs around £10.
  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 around £5.
  8. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  9. 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, costs £15-£20.
  10. iec.ch - Type K power outlet
  11. Type K USB power adapter - There are three pins on a Type K USB charger comprising of two large rounded pins and a bottom semi-circular grounding pin, costs under £10.
  12. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced under £15.