Charging your iPad Mini from a power outlet in French Polynesia

A guide showing how to recharge your iPad Mini with a French Polynesian power outlet using the USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type A power adapter, charging the iPad Mini using a three pin Type B power adapter and charging the iPad Mini using a double pinned Type E power adapter

French Polynesian power outlet

Different combinations of region codes and plugs can often lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country especially for the first time traveller. These instructions have been specifically written to stop you having to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPad Mini when you're travelling abroad.This page contains instructions telling you what you'll need to power your iPad Mini when visiting French Polynesia by using their standard E, A or B type French Polynesian 110 volt 60Hz plug outlets. If your iPad Mini slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when travelling to French Polynesia from a different country please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally devices which come from a country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) either take longer to charge or won't power up, check that your iPad Mini is a dual voltage device (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to ensure proper use. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in French Polynesia

Can the iPad Mini be used in French Polynesia?

Yes, you can connect the iPad Mini to a French Polynesian power outlet by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best power adapter for the iPad Mini in French Polynesia?

When you are travelling with more than your iPad Mini or visiting more than one country the best international travel adapter for French Polynesia to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. French Polynesians use three different types of power outlets (E, A and B) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by switching the supplied plugs over. If your iPad Mini can support Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these types of travel adapters along with compatibility with more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other travel adapters having a four port adapter means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy individual travel chargers on your French Polynesian trip. By only packing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage and on hand for recharging your iPad Mini at the airport or on your flight. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used back at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple phones, tablets and e-readers with just a single wall outlet.

We suggest searching for a multipurpose travel charger of this nature online; the multipurpose power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for French Polynesia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary for travellers to counties with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from America visiting French Polynesia.
  • 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 the US using type B plugs. This is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet for almost half the 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 suitable for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting French Polynesia. [10] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for the iPad Mini in French Polynesia?

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

Using the USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type A power adapter to power the iPad Mini with a French Polynesian power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPad Mini from a French Polynesian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (usually already included with the device by Apple).
  2. Firstly plug the Type A USB power adapter into the French Polynesian power outlet. This unearthed plug supply, technically known as a Type A power outlet [3], can be recognised by two adjacent slots for live and neutral pins.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Apple charging cord into the bottom of the USB power adapter 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. Switch on the French Polynesian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPad Mini screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is charging and takes around 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 French Polynesian power outlet

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

A guide showing how to power the iPad Mini with a French Polynesian power outlet using the USB Lightning Apple cable with a Type B USB adapter.

  1. If you want to charge the iPad Mini from a French Polynesian power outlet you will need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should normally supply the USB cable when you buy your iPad Mini).
  2. Plug the Type B USB power adapter into the power outlet. You can identify this plug supply by the 2 thin slots parallel to each other with a semicircle hole below for the slightly long grounded pin.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Mini.
  4. Turn on the French Polynesian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging which takes roughly 1-4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from a French Polynesian power outlet

Charging the iPad Mini from a French Polynesian power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

Instructions on how to power the iPad Mini from a French Polynesian power outlet by using a USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type E USB charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad Mini using the French Polynesian power outlet you'll need a Type E USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - usually supplied with your device by Apple.
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type E USB power adapter into the French Polynesian power outlet. This recessed round power outlet, also known as a CEE 7/7 outlet, can be identified by the two circular holes 19mm apart from each other plus one long metal earth pin protruding in the top to form a triangle pattern.
  3. Plug in 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 is found at the base of the iPad Mini.
  4. Turn on the French Polynesian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging, typically taking between 1 - 4 hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPad Mini from a French Polynesian power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - French Polynesia 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 under £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, £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, priced at around £15.
  8. iec.ch - Type E power outlet
  9. 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, £5-£10.
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced at £10-£15.