Charging the iPad Mini 4 when staying in French Polynesia

Instructions on how to charge your iPad Mini 4 from a French Polynesian power outlet by using a USB Lightning cable and a Type A power adapter, recharging the iPad Mini 4 using a three pinned Type B power charger and recharging the iPad Mini 4 using a double pinned Type E power charger

French Polynesian power outlet

Various combinations of standards and plug types can all be daunting when planning on staying in a foreign country, especially for the first time traveller. This page is a step by step guide demonstrating how to power your iPad Mini 4 when you are visiting French Polynesia using their standard Type E, A or B 110 volt 60Hz plug outlets. If the iPad Mini 4 charges slowly or does not power up when travelling to French Polynesia from a different country please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically devices which originate from another country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts may take longer to charge or won't turn on, check that your device is a dual voltage device (usually indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to ensure proper use. If you plan to visit a city like Papeete refer to the wikipedia.org entry about French Polynesia [1] for further details. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 9 or greater on the iPad Mini 4.

Charging the iPad Mini 4 in French Polynesia

Can you use the iPad Mini 4 in French Polynesia?

You can connect the iPad Mini 4 to a French Polynesian power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best travel charger for the iPad Mini 4 in French Polynesia?

When you are travelling with more than your iPad Mini 4 the best travel power adapter for French Polynesia is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are three different standards of plug sockets in French Polynesia (E, A and B) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type A.

As these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world just by switching the heads over. If your iPad Mini 4 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster charging times with one of these types of USB power chargers, and compatibility with more power demanding devices.

Having a four port adapter will also allow you to power more than one device at the same time without needing to buy seperate travel adapters. Only bringing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage while travelling and on hand for charging your iPad Mini 4 at the airport or on the plane. Due to their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers without using up an additional wall outlet.

We suggest searching for a versatile power charger of this nature online. The travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

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, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which is necessary for visitors of regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 best selling portable option for travellers originating from America going to French Polynesia using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a flexible 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting French Polynesia. [10] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for the iPad Mini 4 in French Polynesia?

Powering the iPad Mini 4 with a French Polynesian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Instructions on how to charge your iPad Mini 4 from a French Polynesian power outlet by using a USB Lightning cable and a Type A power adapter.

  1. If you want to supply power to your iPad Mini 4 from a French Polynesian power outlet you will need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - typically already included with your iPad Mini 4 by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type A USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the 2 thin adjacent slots for live and neutral.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 4. The iPad Mini 4 lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Mini 4.
  4. Turn on the French Polynesian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPad Mini 4 will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging which takes around one-five and a half hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad Mini 4 with a French Polynesian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Powering the iPad Mini 4 with a French Polynesian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Using a USB Lightning Apple cable with a three pin Type B USB charger to recharge the iPad Mini 4 from a French Polynesian power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad Mini 4 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], usually already included with the iPad Mini 4.
  2. Start the process by taking the Type B USB power adapter and inserting it into the French Polynesian power outlet. You can recognise the wall supply by the 2 thin slots parallel to each other where the blades go with a single hole below for the earthed pin.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 4. The iPad Mini 4 lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad Mini 4.
  4. Turn on the French Polynesian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging taking around 1 - 4.5 hours to recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad Mini 4 with a French Polynesian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 4 from a French Polynesian power outlet

Using a Lightning Apple cable with a double pin Type E power charger to charge the iPad Mini 4 from a French Polynesian power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPad Mini 4 using the French Polynesian power outlet you will need a Type E USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (typically already included with your iPad Mini 4 by Apple).
  2. Firstly plug the Type E USB power adapter in the power supply. You can recognise this wall outlet by the two 4.8mm circular holes 19mm apart from each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins sit along with one long metal earth pin protruding from the top in a triangular shape.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 4. The iPad Mini 4 lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad Mini 4.
  4. Turn on the French Polynesian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging taking around 1 - 4.5 hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 4 from a French Polynesian power outlet

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org entry about French Polynesia
  2. Apple - iPad Mini 4 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, priced 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, costs £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, estimated cost 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, estimated cost around £5.
  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.