Charging the iPad Mini when planning a trip to Jamaica

Instructions showing you how to power the iPad Mini from a Jamaican power outlet by using a Lightning connector with a Type A USB charger and powering the iPad Mini using a three pin Type B power adapter.

Jamaican power outlet

Different standards and plug types can often be confusing when planning on visiting another country especially if you've never been there before. This guide has been written to stop you having to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPad Mini when you are going abroad.If visiting Jamaica these useful instructions show powering the iPad Mini by using their standard B or A type Jamaican 110 volt 50Hz power outlets, Type B wall outlets are normally used by most Jamaicans. If your iPad Mini slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when travelling to Jamaica from a different country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Devices which originated from another country which use a higher voltage such as 240 volts can take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check the device is a dual voltage device (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power converter to ensure proper use. If you're planning to visit a destination such as Kingston read the Jamaica Wikipedia page [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 Jamaica

Can you use the iPad Mini in Jamaica?

Yes, you can connect the iPad Mini to a Jamaican power outlet.

What is the best power adapter for the iPad Mini in Jamaica?

When travelling with more than just your iPad Mini and visiting multiple countries the best international travel adapter for Jamaica is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Jamaicans use two different types of power outlets (types B and A) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type A. Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by changing the included heads. If your iPad Mini can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times by using one of these USB power adapters along with compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

Unlike other chargers this will allow you to power more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy individual power adapters for your Jamaican trip or using up additional power sockets. Because you are only packing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage while travelling. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers without using up an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling to different places we suggest searching for this type of flexible travel charger 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 different countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Jamaica

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Jamaica 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 Jamaica using 3 pin type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with only 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 Jamaica. [8] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for the iPad Mini in Jamaica?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from a Jamaican power outlet

Instructions showing you how to power the iPad Mini from a Jamaican power outlet by using a Lightning connector with a Type A USB charger.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad Mini using the Jamaican power outlet you will need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], usually supplied with your iPad Mini by Apple.
  2. Start by plugging the Type A USB power adapter into the wall supply. This ungrounded plug supply (sometimes known as the Type A power outlet [3]) is identified by the 2 thin slots next to each other for live and neutral blades.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the mains power charger 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 Jamaican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is charging which takes between 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from a Jamaican power outlet

How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from a Jamaican power outlet

A page showing how to charge your iPad Mini with a Jamaican power outlet using a USB Lightning Apple cable and a 3 pin Type B power adapter.

  1. If you want to power your iPad Mini from a Jamaican power outlet you'll need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will typically supply the cable with the iPad Mini).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type B USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can recognise this plug supply by the two thin slots next to each other where the plug outlet blades sit with a single semicircle hole below for the earth pin.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB Lightning cable into the bottom of the 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 Jamaican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad Mini screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging which takes roughly one to four hours to recharge.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from a Jamaican power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Jamaica Wikipedia page
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type A power outlet
  4. Type A USB power adapter - An unearthed Type A USB charger has 2 parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes near the tip of each blade, costs £1-£2.
  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 £10-£15.
  6. iec.ch - Type B power outlet
  7. Type B USB power adapter - 3 pinned Type B USB chargers have a single unearthed round pin along with 2 shorter parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes in the end of each blade, estimated price around £15.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated cost £10-£15.