How to charge your iPad Mini from a power outlet in Puerto Rico

Using a USB Lightning connector and a double pin Type A USB adapter to charge your iPad Mini from a Puerto Rican power outlet and recharging the iPad Mini using a Type B USB adapter.

Puerto Rican power outlet

Various standards and plugs can often be daunting when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never visited before. This guide has been written to stop visitors needing to worry if they can power the iPad Mini when they're travelling abroad.The following simple guide will show you what you'll need to charge the iPad Mini when staying in Puerto Rico by using the standard Type B or A 120 volt 60Hz power outlets, please be aware that Type B wall outlets will be normally used by most Puerto Ricans. Most power sources will change from country to country therefore we suggest that you read the WikiConnections world power supplies page where you'll find a complete list of regions and countries. If your iPad Mini does not power up or charges slowly when you are travelling to Puerto Rico from a different country check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Electrical devices which originate from a country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts may take longer to charge or won't power up, check your device is dual voltage (normally marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to ensure proper use. If you plan to stay in a place like San Juan or Rio Grande refer to the Puerto Rico Wikipedia web page [1] for further details prior to the location. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in Puerto Rico

Can the iPad Mini be used in Puerto Rico?

You can connect the iPad Mini to a Puerto Rican power outlet.

What is the best travel charger for the iPad Mini in Puerto Rico?

If travelling with more than just your iPad Mini or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Puerto Rico is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Puerto Ricans use two different types of plug sockets (types B and A) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type A. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your iPad Mini supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB travel chargers plus support for more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other chargers this means you can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple travel chargers or occupying additional power outlets. Only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage whilst travelling and suitable for charging your iPad Mini at an airport or on a flight. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets with only a single wall outlet.

If you travel frequently we suggest buying a versatile travel adapter like this at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Puerto Rico

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPad Mini, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power grids. These travel adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Puerto Rico 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 compact power adapter for travellers originating from America visiting Puerto Rico using 3 pin type B US 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 the US using type B plugs. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half the 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 perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Puerto Rico. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for the iPad Mini in Puerto Rico?

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

Using an Apple Lightning cable with a Type A power adapter to charge the iPad Mini with a Puerto Rican power outlet.

  1. To power the iPad Mini from the Puerto Rican power outlet you'll need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple normally include this cable with your iPad Mini).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type A USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This plug outlet, technically known as a Type A power outlet [3], is recognised by the two thin slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral blades.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple USB cord into the power 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. Switch on the Puerto Rican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Mini is recharging and takes roughly one to four hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from a Puerto Rican power outlet

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

Instructions showing how to charge the iPad Mini with a Puerto Rican power outlet with an Apple Lightning cable and a Type B USB adapter.

  1. To supply power to your iPad Mini from the Puerto Rican power outlet you'll need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple normally include the cable when you first purchase your iPad Mini).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type B USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can recognise the power supply by 2 thin slots where the live and neutral plug outlet blades go with a semicircular hole below for the slightly longer earth pin.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad Mini.
  4. Turn on the Puerto Rican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad Mini will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up which takes roughly one-four hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from a Puerto Rican power outlet

See also

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