How to charge the iPad Mini when staying in New Caledonia

Using a USB Lightning cable with a 2 pinned Europlug Type C power charger to power your iPad Mini from a New Caledonian power outlet and how to recharge the iPad Mini using a Type F power charger.

New Caledonian power outlet

Differing region codes and plugs can often be confusing when planning to visit another country especially for the first time traveller. These instructions were written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPad Mini when abroad.This page has simple instructions demonstrating exactly how to charge your iPad Mini when you are travelling to New Caledonia by using the standard types F or C New Caledonian 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. When you are visiting New Caledonia from a different country check that the iPad Mini can accept a 240 volt supply. If the iPad Mini originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure that the iPad Mini is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to avoid the device from over-heating whilst powering it up. If you plan on visiting a city such as Nouméa or Wé refer to the Wikipedia entry about New Caledonia [1] for more information on visiting the area. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in New Caledonia

Can the iPad Mini be used in New Caledonia?

Yes, you can use the iPad Mini in New Caledonia.

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What is the best power charger for the iPad Mini in New Caledonia?

When you are travelling with more than just your iPad Mini or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel charger for New Caledonia is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. New Caledonians use two different types of plug sockets (F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the plugs. If your iPad Mini is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets. Having a four port charger means you can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy individual travel adapters on your trip to New Caledonia or occupying additional power outlets. By only packing a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage as well as being convenient for charging your iPad Mini at the airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers with only a single wall outlet.

For those travelling on a regular basis we recommend searching for this type of versatile travel adapter online. The power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for New Caledonia

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 adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of counties with unreliable power grids. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both New Caledonia and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact option for travellers originating from North America going to New Caledonia using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly 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 and is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a generous 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 wide range of travellers from around the world visiting New Caledonia. [8]
What is the best power charger for the iPad Mini in New Caledonia?

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad Mini from a New Caledonian power outlet

Using a USB Lightning cable with a 2 pinned Europlug Type C power charger to power your iPad Mini from a New Caledonian power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the iPad Mini using a New Caledonian power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (typically supplied with the iPad Mini by Apple).
  2. Begin by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can recognise the power supply by 2 holes next to each other.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple USB Lightning charging cable into the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Mini.
  4. Switch on the New Caledonian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up, typically taking around 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad Mini from a New Caledonian power outlet

Powering the iPad Mini with a New Caledonian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Using a USB Lightning cable with a 2 pinned Schuko Type F power charger to power your iPad Mini from a New Caledonian power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPad Mini from the New Caledonian power outlet you'll need to use a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple should usually supply this USB cable with your iPad Mini.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type F USB power adapter in the New Caledonian power outlet. The sunken round power supply, also called a Type F power outlet [6] or Schuko outlet, can be recognised by the two large round adjacent holes and metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple USB Lightning charging cable into the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Mini.
  4. Switch on the New Caledonian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up, typically taking around 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad Mini with a New Caledonian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia entry about New Caledonia
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, £10-£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, estimated price £15-£20.
  6. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  7. Type F USB power adapter - Type F USB chargers are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, estimated price around £15.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, £10-£15.