Charging the iPad Mini 2 when planning a trip to Brazil

Using a Lightning connector with a Type C Europlug power adapter to recharge the iPad Mini 2 from a Brazilian power outlet and how to power the iPad Mini 2 using a 3 pin Type N power adapter.

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.

Varying different voltages and region codes can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country, especially if you've never been there before. These instructions have been specifically written to prepare travellers wanting to power the iPad Mini 2 abroad.If visiting Brazil this page has instructions showing you powering the iPad Mini 2 by using their standard N or C type Brazilian 60Hz power outlets, most Brazilians normally use Type N plugs in their wall outlets. If the iPad Mini 2 does not power up or charges slowly when visiting Brazil from a different region then check that it is compatible with a Brazilian power supply. Devices which originated from another country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts sometimes take longer to charge or won't power up, check that your iPad Mini 2 is dual voltage (you'll find these are normally marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to ensure proper use. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini 2.

Charging the iPad Mini 2 in Brazil

Can you use the iPad Mini 2 in Brazil?

You can use the iPad Mini 2 in Brazil by using a power adaptor.

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

When travelling with more than just your iPad Mini 2 or visiting more than one country the best international travel adapter for Brazil is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Brazilians use two different types of power outlets (types N and C) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the included heads. If your iPad Mini 2 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of power adapters along with compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

Unlike other adapters having a four port adapter will allow you to power more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel chargers or using up additional power sockets. Because you are only needing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage while travelling as well as being suitable for charging your iPad Mini 2 at the airport or on your flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets and phones without needing an additional plug socket.

We recommend buying this type of versatile power adapter online; the travel charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Brazil

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPad Mini 2, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Brazil.
  • 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 originating from America using type B plugs and is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more flexible 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Brazil. [8] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for the iPad Mini 2 in Brazil?

Charging the iPad Mini 2 from a Brazilian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Using a Lightning connector with a Type C Europlug power adapter to recharge the iPad Mini 2 from a Brazilian power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPad Mini 2 from a Brazilian power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should normally supply the cable with the iPad Mini 2).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the wall supply. This ungrounded plug supply is identified by the 2 round holes adjacent to each other. Prior to January 2010 older buildings may use this power outlet.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB charger 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 Brazilian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging, typically taking between 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPad Mini 2 from a Brazilian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

How to use a Type N power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 2 from a Brazilian power outlet

Using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a 3 pin Type N power adapter to recharge your iPad Mini 2 with a Brazilian power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your iPad Mini 2 from a Brazilian power outlet you'll need a Type N USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], usually supplied with your iPad Mini 2 by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type N USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can recognise this flattened hexagon shaped plug supply by the three round holes in a flattened triangle shape for live, neutral and earth. Since 2010 all buildings use this power supply.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the mains power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Switch on the Brazilian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 2 is powering up taking roughly one-four hours to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type N power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 2 from a Brazilian power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Brazilian country entry on wikipedia
  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, 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, priced at around £15.
  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, £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.