How to charge your iPad Mini 4 from a power outlet in New Zealand

How to connect a New Zealand power outlet to the iPad Mini 4

New Zealand power outlet

When packing for a vacation to New Zealand it's helpful to know if you'll be able to charge any electrical devices such as cell phones and tablets when you get to your hotel. But without knowing which power socket is being used you are more likely to bring the wrong power adaptor, thereby leaving you needing to purchase a potentially overpriced adaptor when you arrive. Varying different combinations of voltages and plug types can all be confusing when planning to travel to a different country especially for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of standards being used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your iPad Mini 4 in New Zealand. When you're staying in New Zealand this page contains instructions showing how to power the iPad Mini 4 using their 230 volt 50Hz I Type New Zealand wall outlet, with the New Zealanders using a special AS/NZS 3112 plug for power outlets. If travelling to New Zealand from another country please make sure that your iPad Mini 4 can be used with a 240v supply. If your iPad Mini 4 originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts make sure your device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to prevent the device from being damaged whilst powering it. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 9 or greater on the iPad Mini 4.

Charging the iPad Mini 4 in New Zealand

Can you use the iPad Mini 4 in New Zealand?

Yes, you can use the iPad Mini 4 in New Zealand by using the correct power convertor.

New Zealand

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad Mini 4 in New Zealand?

When you are travelling with more than just your iPad Mini 4 the best travel charger for New Zealand to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your iPad Mini 4 supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB travel chargers plus support for more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other chargers this means you can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple travel adapters or occupying additional power outlets. Only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage whilst travelling and suitable for recharging your iPad Mini 4 at an airport or on a flight. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets with only a single wall outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend buying a flexible travel adapter of this nature at an electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for New Zealand

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices via USB, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These travel adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both New Zealand 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 America visiting New Zealand using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting New Zealand. [6]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad Mini 4 in New Zealand?

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

Instructions showing how to charge the iPad Mini 4 with a New Zealand power outlet with an Apple USB Lightning cable and a Type I USB adapter.

  1. If you want to charge the iPad Mini 4 from the New Zealand power outlet you will need a Type I USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple typically supply this cable with your iPad Mini 4).
  2. Start by inserting the Type I USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This power outlet (called a Type I power outlet [3]) can be recognised by the three thin slots forming a triangle configuration with the top pair of slots sloping upwards for the live, neutral and ground.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the mains 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. Turn on the New Zealand power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up which typically takes between 1-4.5 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type I power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 4 from a New Zealand power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - New Zealand country Wikipedia page
  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, £20-£25.
  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, £15-£20.
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated price £10-£15.