How to charge the iPad Mini 2 when staying in Nicaragua

Using a USB Lightning cable with a two pinned Type A power charger to recharge your iPad Mini 2 from a Nicaraguan power outlet and charging the iPad Mini 2 using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter.

Nicaraguan power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of voltages and standards can all be daunting when planning on travelling to another country especially for the first time traveller. These instructions were written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPad Mini 2 when you're going abroad.When you're travelling to Nicaragua the following instructions show powering your iPad Mini 2 using their B or A type 120 volt 60Hz power outlets. If the iPad Mini 2 slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when you are visiting Nicaragua from a different country check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Devices which come from another country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) sometimes take longer to charge or won't turn on, check your device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to ensure proper use. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini 2.

Charging the iPad Mini 2 in Nicaragua

Can the iPad Mini 2 be used in Nicaragua?

You can connect the iPad Mini 2 to a Nicaraguan power outlet by using a power convertor.

What is the best power charger for the iPad Mini 2 in Nicaragua?

If travelling to more than one country the best travel charger for Nicaragua is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Nicaraguans use two different types of wall outlets (B and A) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type A. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the included plugs. If your type of iPad Mini 2 supports Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, and additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters this will also allow you to charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy individual travel adapters on your trip to Nicaragua or occupying additional power outlets. Only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the overall weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling and suitable for recharging your iPad Mini 2 at the airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets without using up an additional power outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend searching for this type of versatile travel adapter online, the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Nicaragua

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 2, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 compact option for travellers originating from North America going to Nicaragua using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs. This offers almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more generous 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 wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Nicaragua. [8] [AD]
What is the best power charger for the iPad Mini 2 in Nicaragua?

Powering the iPad Mini 2 with a Nicaraguan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Using the Lightning Apple connector and a Type A power charger to recharge your iPad Mini 2 from a Nicaraguan power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPad Mini 2 from the Nicaraguan power outlet you'll need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this cable is usually already supplied with the iPad Mini 2 by Apple).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type A USB power adapter and plugging it into the Nicaraguan power outlet. The plug outlet, technically known as the Type A power outlet [3], is recognised by the two thin slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Turn on the Nicaraguan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is charging which takes roughly one to four hours to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad Mini 2 with a Nicaraguan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Powering the iPad Mini 2 with a Nicaraguan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Instructions on how to recharge the iPad Mini 2 with a Nicaraguan power outlet by using a USB Lightning cable with a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter.

  1. In order to charge the iPad Mini 2 from the Nicaraguan power outlet you'll need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this cable is usually already supplied with the iPad Mini 2 by Apple).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type B USB power adapter and plugging it into the Nicaraguan power outlet. The plug outlet, technically known as the Type B power outlet [6], is recognised by the two thin slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral blades with a single semicircle shaped hole below for the slightly longer earthed pin.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Turn on the Nicaraguan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up, typically taking around 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad Mini 2 with a Nicaraguan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia entry about Nicaragua
  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, £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, £15-£20.
  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, £10-£15.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, under £15.