Charging the iPad Mini when planning a trip to Antigua

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPad Mini with an Antiguan power outlet using a Lightning cable and a 2 pin Type A power adapter and how to power the iPad Mini using a 3 pin Type B power adapter.

Antiguan power outlet

If planning a vacation to Antigua it can often be helpful to know in advance if you'll be able to charge all your devices when you're there. Without knowing which power socket to expect you are likely to bring the wrong adaptor, therefore needing to buy or borrow a suitable power adaptor when you're there which might be incompatible and cause problems with your iPad Mini. Various combinations of voltages and sockets can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never been there before. This guide has been specifically written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPad Mini when staying in Antigua.These step by step instructions shows exactly what you'll need to power your iPad Mini when staying in Antigua using the Type B or A Antiguan 230 volt 60Hz power outlets, a majority of Antiguans will use the Type B plug outlets. If you are travelling to Antigua from another region please check that the iPad Mini can be used with a 240 volt supply. If your iPad Mini was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts double check the device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to stop the device from being damaged when charging it. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in Antigua

Can you use the iPad Mini in Antigua?

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

What is the best power adapter for the iPad Mini in Antigua?

When travelling with more than just your iPad Mini the best international travel adapter for Antigua is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Antiguans use two different types of power outlets (types B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by changing the heads. If your model of iPad Mini supports Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these travel chargers, plus additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. This means you can charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to bring seperate travel chargers or occupying additional wall sockets. Because you are only needing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall size down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage while travelling. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers using only a single wall outlet.

For those travelling to Antigua we suggest searching for a multipurpose travel charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Antigua

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 those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of counties with unreliable power supplies. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, 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 Antigua using 3 pinned type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also 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 offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Antigua. [8] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for the iPad Mini in Antigua?

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

Using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a 2 pin Type A power adapter to recharge your iPad Mini with an Antiguan power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your iPad Mini using the Antiguan power outlet you will need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], usually supplied with your iPad Mini.
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type A USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can identify this power supply by the two adjacent slots next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Connect one end of the USB charging cord into the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Mini.
  4. Turn on the Antiguan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Mini is powering up and takes around one to four hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPad Mini from an Antiguan power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

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

Using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a 3 pin Type B USB charger to charge your iPad Mini with an Antiguan power outlet.

  1. To power your iPad Mini using the Antiguan power outlet you will need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - usually supplied with your iPad Mini.
  2. Start by inserting the Type B USB power adapter into the wall supply. The wall outlet, sometimes known as the Type B power outlet [6], can be recognised by 2 thin slots parallel to each other for live and neutral blades with a semicircle hole below for the grounded pin.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad Mini.
  4. Switch on the Antiguan 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 is charging which typically takes roughly 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad Mini with an Antiguan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Antigua country wikipedia page
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type A power outlet
  4. Type A USB power adapter - An unearthed Type A USB charger has 2 parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes near the tip of each blade, around £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, estimated cost £10-£15.
  6. iec.ch - Type B power outlet
  7. Type B USB power adapter - 3 pinned Type B USB chargers have a single unearthed round pin along with 2 shorter parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes in the end of each blade, estimated cost £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 £10.