Charging your iPad Mini 2 from a power outlet in Samoa

Using the USB Lightning Apple cable with a Type I power adapter to power the iPad Mini 2 from a Samoan power outlet.

Samoan power outlet

Different combinations of region codes and plugs can often cause confusion when planning to travel to a new country especially for the first time traveller. These guidelines were specifically written to prepare visitors wanting to power their iPad Mini 2 abroad.This page has useful instructions telling you how to charge your iPad Mini 2 when travelling to Samoa using the 230 volt 50Hz I Type Samoan power supply. If you are visiting Samoa from another country please double check the iPad Mini 2 can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure the device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to stop the device from being damaged when charging it. If you intend to visit a destination such as Apia please refer to the Samoa country entry on Wikipedia [1] for more indepth information. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini 2.

Charging the iPad Mini 2 in Samoa

Can the iPad Mini 2 be used in Samoa?

Yes, you can connect the iPad Mini 2 to a Samoan power outlet by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad Mini 2 in Samoa?

If you are travelling with more than your iPad Mini 2 the best international travel charger for Samoa to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the plugs over. If your type of iPad Mini 2 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these travel chargers, and compatibility with certain power hungry devices. This will allow you to power more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy multiple power adapters or occupying additional wall sockets. Because you are only packing a single international travel charger will also keep the size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage while travelling. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets without needing an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling to Samoa we suggest buying this type of versatile power adapter at an electronics retailer. The multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Samoa

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 2, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is necessary for visitors of regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Samoa using 3 pinned type B plug sockets.
  • 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 from the US using type B plugs. This offers the same set of features as the BESTEK with 1 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Samoa. [6] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad Mini 2 in Samoa?

Powering the iPad Mini 2 with a Samoan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter

Using the USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type I power adapter to power the iPad Mini 2 from a Samoan power outlet.

  1. To charge your iPad Mini 2 using the Samoan power outlet you will need to use a Type I USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should typically include this USB cable with the iPad Mini 2).
  2. Start by plugging the Type I USB power adapter into the power supply. The wall outlet (known as the Type I power outlet [3]) can be recognised by 3 thin slots in a triangular configuration with the top pair of slots sloping upwards for the live, neutral and ground blades.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the mains power 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. Switch on the Samoan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad Mini 2 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 2 is powering up and takes roughly 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini 2 with a Samoan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Samoa country entry on Wikipedia
  2. Apple - official iPad 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, £15-£20.
  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 cost £10-£15.
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, £10-£15.