How to charge the iPad Mini 2 when planning a trip to French Polynesia

A step by step guide showing you how to recharge your iPad Mini 2 from a French Polynesian power outlet by using a USB Lightning Apple connector and a Type A power charger, charging the iPad Mini 2 using a Type B USB adapter and charging the iPad Mini 2 using a Type E USB adapter

French Polynesian power outlet

Varying different combinations of standards and plugs can all be daunting when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of standards being used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need to purchase in advance to power the iPad Mini 2 in French Polynesia. This guide was written to prevent people needing to worry if they'll be able to power their iPad Mini 2 abroad.If you are planning a vacation to French Polynesia this page has instructions showing powering your iPad Mini 2 by using the E, A or B type French Polynesian 110 volt 60Hz wall outlets. If your iPad Mini 2 charges slowly or does not power up when you are travelling to French Polynesia from a different country please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically devices which originated from a different country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) can take longer to charge or won't power up, so check your device is a dual voltage device (usually indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to ensure proper use. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini 2.

Charging the iPad Mini 2 in French Polynesia

Can you use the iPad Mini 2 in French Polynesia?

Yes, you can connect the iPad Mini 2 to a French Polynesian power outlet.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPad Mini 2 in French Polynesia?

If you are travelling with more than just your iPad Mini 2 then the best international travel charger for French Polynesia to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. French Polynesians use three different standards of wall outlets (E, A and B) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type A.

As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied plugs. If your type of iPad Mini 2 can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of power adapters, along with support for more power hungry devices like tablets. This means you can recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack individual travel adapters for your French Polynesian trip. By only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage while travelling. Due to their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when you return home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers and using just a single plug socket.

We suggest searching for a multipurpose travel adapter like this online. The power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for French Polynesia

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 wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is crucial when visiting counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both French Polynesia and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting French Polynesia. [10] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPad Mini 2 in French Polynesia?

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

Using the Apple Lightning connector and a Type A power charger to charge the iPad Mini 2 from a French Polynesian power outlet.

  1. To supply power to your iPad Mini 2 from the French Polynesian power outlet you will need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple usually supply the USB cable when you purchase your iPad Mini 2).
  2. Insert the Type A USB power adapter in the power supply. You can identify this power outlet by the 2 thin slots adjacent to each other where the two pins go.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Apple Lightning power cord into the bottom of the mains USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Switch on the French Polynesian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging which typically takes around one-four hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini 2 with a French Polynesian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

How to use a Type B power charger for charging your iPad Mini 2 from a French Polynesian power outlet

A guide on how to charge the iPad Mini 2 from a French Polynesian power outlet with a Lightning cable and a three pin Type B USB charger.

  1. To power the iPad Mini 2 from a French Polynesian power outlet you will need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will usually supply the USB cable when you first purchase your iPad Mini 2).
  2. Start by taking the Type B USB power adapter and inserting it into the power supply. You can identify this power outlet by the 2 thin slots where the plug outlet blades go with a hole below for the long earth pin.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Turn on the French Polynesian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 2 is powering up, typically taking roughly 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type B power charger for charging your iPad Mini 2 from a French Polynesian power outlet

Charging the iPad Mini 2 from a French Polynesian power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

Instructions on how to charge the iPad Mini 2 from a French Polynesian power outlet with a Lightning cable and a double pinned Type E USB charger.

  1. In order to power the iPad Mini 2 using the French Polynesian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type E USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple normally supply this USB cable when you buy the iPad Mini 2.
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type E USB power adapter into the French Polynesian power outlet. The round plug outlet, also called a Type E power outlet [8] or CEE 7/7 outlet, can be identified by two large round holes 19mm apart from each other along with one metal grounding pin protruding in the top to form a triangular shape.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Turn on the French Polynesian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up, typically taking roughly 1-4 hours to recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPad Mini 2 from a French Polynesian power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org entry about French Polynesia
  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, estimated price £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, £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, 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, priced around £5.
  10. 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.