How to charge your iPad Mini from a power outlet in Barbuda

A step by step guide showing you how to charge your iPad Mini from a Barbudan power outlet using a Lightning cable with a double pin Type A USB adapter and how to charge the iPad Mini using a three pinned Type B USB plug.

Barbudan power outlet

Varying different standards and plugs can often cause confusion when planning to stay in a different country especially if you've never been there before. These guidelines have been written to prepare people wanting to power the iPad Mini when they are visiting Barbuda.The following step-by-step guide will show you how to power the iPad Mini when you're visiting Barbuda by using their Type B or A Barbudan 230 volt 60Hz wall outlets. When travelling to Barbuda from another country check your iPad Mini can accept a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v ensure the iPad Mini is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from overloading when charging it. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in Barbuda

Can the iPad Mini be used in Barbuda?

You can use the iPad Mini in Barbuda by using the correct power adaptor.

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

When travelling with more than your iPad Mini and visiting multiple countries the best travel adapter for Barbuda to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two different standards of wall outlets that Barbudans use (types B and A) and using a travel charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied heads. If your iPad Mini supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these USB travel adapters plus compatibility with more power hungry devices. Unlike other travel adapters having a 4 port charger means you can charge more than one device at the same time without needing to buy seperate power adapters or using up additional power outlets. Because you are only needing to bring a single international travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage while travelling. Due to their versatility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets and smartphones with only a single wall outlet.

We suggest searching for an adaptable travel adapter of this nature at an electronics retailer, the multipurpose power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Barbuda

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPad Mini, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Barbuda 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 portable power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Barbuda.
  • 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 from America using type B plugs. This offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Barbuda.
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad Mini in Barbuda?

Charging the iPad Mini from a Barbudan power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

A step by step guide showing you how to charge the iPad Mini from a Barbudan power outlet using a Lightning cable with a Type A USB adapter.

  1. To supply power to your iPad Mini from the Barbudan power outlet you will need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will usually supply the USB cable when you purchase the iPad Mini.
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type A USB power adapter in the power outlet. The plug outlet (technically known as a Type A power outlet [3]) can be recognised by the 2 slots next to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet blades sit.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Apple Lightning charging cord into the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Mini.
  4. Switch on the Barbudan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up, typically taking roughly 1-4 hours to fully recharge.
Charging the iPad Mini from a Barbudan power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

Powering the iPad Mini with a Barbudan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Instructions showing how to charge the iPad Mini from a Barbudan power outlet with a Lightning cable with a Type B USB adapter.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad Mini from the Barbudan power outlet you'll need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will usually supply this USB cable when you purchase the iPad Mini.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type B USB power adapter in the power supply. This power outlet, technically called a Type B power outlet [6], can be identified by two thin slots where the twin plug outlet blades go with a semicircle shaped hole below for the long earthed pin.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Lightning charging cord into the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Mini.
  4. Turn on the Barbudan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Mini is powering up, typically taking roughly 1-4 hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini with a Barbudan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antigua_and_Barbuda - Barbudan country page on Wikipedia
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1595/en_US/ipad_user_guide.pdf - Official iPad user guide
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeA.htm - Type A power outlet
  4. Type A USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type A mains power outlet, priced at £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, £4-£5.
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeB.htm - Type B power outlet
  7. Type B USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type B mains power outlet, £10-£15.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, around £15.