How to charge the iPad Mini 4 when planning a trip to The Cook Islands

How to connect a Cook Islands power outlet to the iPad Mini 4

Cook Islands power outlet

If you are organizing a vacation it can be useful to know if you'll be able to power any gadgets such as cell phones or laptop computers when you're there. But without knowing which wall socket to expect you may bring the wrong power adaptor, leaving you needing to buy a suitable adaptor on arrival. Differing voltages and standards can all be daunting when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never visited before. If you are planning a vacation to The Cook Islands this page has useful instructions showing how to power your iPad Mini 4 using the standard 240 volt 50Hz Type I power outlet. When you are visiting The Cook Islands from another region please ensure your iPad Mini 4 can be used with a 240v supply. If the iPad Mini 4 came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) double check the iPad Mini 4 is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to prevent the device from being damaged whilst powering it up. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 9 or greater on the iPad Mini 4.

Charging the iPad Mini 4 in The Cook Islands

Can you use the iPad Mini 4 in The Cook Islands?

Yes, you can use the iPad Mini 4 in The Cook Islands.

The Cook Islands

What is the best travel charger for the iPad Mini 4 in The Cook Islands?

If you are travelling to more than one country then the best international travel charger for The Cook Islands is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by changing the plugs. If your model of iPad Mini 4 supports Fast Charge (note not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of power chargers, along with additional support for certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port charger will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple travel chargers for your trip or occupying additional wall sockets. By only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage as well as being suitable for recharging your iPad Mini 4 at the airport or on a plane. Because of their flexibility these types of chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers using just a single 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 which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for The Cook Islands

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, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power adapter for travellers originating from America going to The Cook Islands.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This offers almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 The Cook Islands. [6]
What is the best travel charger for the iPad Mini 4 in The Cook Islands?

How to use a Type I power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 4 from a Cook Islands power outlet

Using a USB Lightning Apple connector and a Type I power charger to recharge the iPad Mini 4 with a Cook Islands power outlet.

  1. To power the iPad Mini 4 from a Cook Islands power outlet you will need to buy a Type I USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (normally supplied with the iPad Mini 4).
  2. Firstly plug the Type I USB power adapter into the Cook Islands power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by the 3 thin slots for the live, neutral and ground blades.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Lightning charging cord into the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 4. The iPad Mini 4 lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Mini 4.
  4. Switch on the Cook Islands power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up, typically taking roughly 1-4.5 hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type I power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 4 from a Cook Islands power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - The Cook Islands country page on Wikipedia.org
  2. Apple - iPad Mini 4 user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type I power outlet
  4. Type I USB power adapter - Type I USB chargers use three short flat blades in a V format with the top blade acting as a grounding pin, around £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, costing around £15.
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated price around £10.