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

A step-by-step guide showing how to charge the iPad Mini from a Brazilian power outlet with a USB Lightning Apple connector and a two pinned Type C Europlug power charger and charging the iPad Mini using a Type N power plug.

Brazilian power outlet

Brazil uses 2 different types of voltage depending on the location - both 127 volts and 240 volts. Always ensure that you familiarise yourself with the voltage of the outlet prior to using any electrical appliance in a Brazilian power outlet. Instructions on this page assume that you understand which voltage you will be using, however the safest option is always to use a dual voltage device or appliance.

Various region codes and plugs can often cause confusion when planning on staying in a foreign country to the first time traveller. This guide was specifically written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPad Mini abroad.If you are visiting Brazil these useful instructions show charging your iPad Mini by using the standard Type N or C 60Hz power outlets, you will discover most Brazilians will normally use Type N sockets in their wall outlets. If the iPad Mini slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when you are visiting Brazil from a different region then check that it is compatible with a Brazilian power supply. Typically devices which originated from a different country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) sometimes take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check that the iPad Mini is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to ensure proper use. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in Brazil

Can the iPad Mini be used in Brazil?

You can connect the iPad Mini to a Brazilian power outlet.

Brazil

What is the best travel charger for the iPad Mini in Brazil?

If travelling with more than just your iPad Mini then the best travel charger for Brazil is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two types of plug sockets in Brazil (N and C) and using a travel charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world just by changing the supplied plugs. If your iPad Mini supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of power chargers and additional compatibility with more power demanding devices. Unlike other travel adapters having a 4 port adapter will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to pack individual travel adapters or using up additional power outlets. Only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the overall size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage whilst travelling and on hand for charging your iPad Mini at an airport or on the plane. Due to their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones, tablets and speakers and using only a single plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we recommend buying a versatile travel adapter like this at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Brazil

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, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unreliable power supplies. These travel converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Brazil 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 power adapter for travellers originating from America visiting Brazil using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs. This offers the same functionality as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Brazil. [8]
What is the best travel charger for the iPad Mini in Brazil?

Charging the iPad Mini from a Brazilian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

A step-by-step guide showing how to charge the iPad Mini from a Brazilian power outlet with a USB Lightning Apple connector and a two pinned Type C Europlug power charger.

  1. To supply power to the iPad Mini from the Brazilian power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will typically include the USB cable when you first purchase the iPad Mini.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it in the power outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by 2 adjacent holes where the live and neutral plug outlet pins go. Prior to 2010 older buildings may use this power supply.
  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. The iPad Mini lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Mini.
  4. Switch on the Brazilian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Mini is recharging and takes roughly one to four hours to recharge.
Charging the iPad Mini from a Brazilian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Powering the iPad Mini with a Brazilian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type N USB adapter

Using an Apple USB Lightning connector and a three pin Type N USB adapter to recharge your iPad Mini from a Brazilian power outlet.

  1. If you want to power the iPad Mini using a Brazilian power outlet you'll need to use a Type N USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - this cable is typically included with your device by Apple.
  2. Begin by taking the Type N USB power adapter and inserting it into the power supply. You can identify this squashed hexagon shaped plug outlet by the 3 circular holes forming a flattened triangular shape. Please note that since 1st January 2010 all buildings use this power supply.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB Apple Lightning power cord into the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Mini.
  4. Turn on the Brazilian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad Mini will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up which takes roughly 1-4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad Mini with a Brazilian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type N USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org page about Brazil
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, estimated cost £5-£10.
  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 price £15-£20.
  6. iec.ch - Type N power outlet
  7. Type N USB power adapter - The three 4mm rounded pins on a grounded Brazilian Type N USB charger form a flattened triangular pattern, costs £35-£40.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, around £10.