Charging the iPad Mini 4 when staying in Samoa

How to connect a Samoan power outlet to the iPad Mini 4

Samoan power outlet

Varying complicated frequencies and region codes can all be confusing when planning on staying in a foreign country, especially for the first time traveller. This page has been specifically written to prevent you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPad Mini 4 abroad.This step-by-step guide will show exactly how to supply power to your iPad Mini 4 when staying in Samoa by using their standard 230 volt 50Hz Type I plug supply. Power supplies are different regionally therefore we suggest reading the list of World power supplies for a full list of countries. When you are visiting Samoa from another country please check the iPad Mini 4 can accept a 240v supply. If the iPad Mini 4 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) ensure that your device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overheating during charging. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 9 or greater on the iPad Mini 4.

Charging the iPad Mini 4 in Samoa

Can the iPad Mini 4 be used in Samoa?

Yes, you can connect the iPad Mini 4 to a Samoan power outlet.

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

When travelling to multiple countries then the best travel adapter for Samoa is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger.

As these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by switching the supplied plugs. If your iPad Mini 4 is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these types of USB power chargers, plus compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other adapters this means you can recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring individual power adapters for your trip. Only packing a single international travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage as well as being suitable for recharging your iPad Mini 4 at an airport or on the flight. Because of their versatility these types of power adapters can be used when you return home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets using just a single wall outlet.

If you travel often we suggest buying this type of versatile power charger online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different 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 4, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Samoa 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 most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting Samoa.
  • 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 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 just 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Samoa. [6] [AD]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad Mini 4 in Samoa?

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

Using a Lightning connector with a 3 pin Type I USB charger to recharge the iPad Mini 4 from a Samoan power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPad Mini 4 using the Samoan power outlet you will need a Type I USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], the USB cable is typically supplied with the device by Apple.
  2. Plug in the Type I USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can recognise the wall supply by the 3 thin slots in an upside-down triangular shape with a single vertical pin at the base and the top pair of slots sloping upward for the live, neutral and ground blades.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple charging cord into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 4. The iPad Mini 4 lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad Mini 4.
  4. Switch on the Samoan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes around one-five and a half hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type I power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 4 from a Samoan power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Samoan Wikipedia web 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, estimated price £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, around £10.