Charging the iPad Mini 2 from a power outlet in Tuvalu

Using a Lightning connector with a Type I USB charger to power the iPad Mini 2 with a Tuvaluan power outlet.

Tuvaluan power outlet

Complicated frequencies and standards can all be daunting when planning on staying in a foreign country, especially for the first time traveller. However this isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of standards used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge the iPad Mini 2 . When staying in Tuvalu the following instructions show how to power the iPad Mini 2 by using the 220 volt 50Hz I Type Tuvaluan plug outlet. Power supplies vary regionally therefore we suggest reading the list of World power supplies for a full list of countries. If you are visiting Tuvalu from another region please check your iPad Mini 2 can be charged using a 240v supply. If your iPad Mini 2 came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure the device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional converter to prevent the device from overloading when charging it. If you intend on visiting a Tuvaluan place such as Vaiaku we also recommend referring to the Tuvaluan country entry on wikipedia [1] for more details. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini 2.

Charging the iPad Mini 2 in Tuvalu

Can you use the iPad Mini 2 in Tuvalu?

You can connect the iPad Mini 2 to a Tuvaluan power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad Mini 2 in Tuvalu?

If travelling to multiple countries then the best international travel adapter for Tuvalu to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by changing the heads over. If your iPad Mini 2 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times by using one of these types of power adapters plus additional compatibility with certain power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other adapters this means you can recharge multiple devices at once without needing to bring individual power adapters on your trip. Because you are only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage while travelling. Due to their space saving versatility these types of chargers can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets using only a single power outlet.

If you travel regularly we suggest buying this type of versatile power charger at an electronics retailer. The travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Tuvalu

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting Tuvalu.
  • 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 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 perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Tuvalu. [6] [AD]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad Mini 2 in Tuvalu?

Charging the iPad Mini 2 from a Tuvaluan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter

Using a USB Lightning Apple connector with a three pin Type I USB charger to recharge the iPad Mini 2 from a Tuvaluan power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPad Mini 2 from a Tuvaluan 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 cable when you purchase your iPad Mini 2).
  2. Begin by inserting the Type I USB power adapter into the power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the three 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.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB 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 base of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Turn on the Tuvaluan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad Mini 2 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 2 is charging, typically taking between 60-240 minutes to fully recharge.
Charging the iPad Mini 2 from a Tuvaluan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Tuvaluan 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, costing around £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 £15-£20.
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, £10-£15.