How to charge the iPad Mini 2 from a power outlet in Ecuador

Using the Apple Lightning cable with a Type A USB adapter to recharge your iPad Mini 2 from an Ecuadorian power outlet and charging the iPad Mini 2 using a Type B power adapter.

Ecuadorian power outlet

Varying different combinations of frequencies and region codes can often be confusing when planning on visiting another country especially to the first time traveller. This page is a useful guide telling you exactly how to charge your iPad Mini 2 when you're travelling to Ecuador by using the B or A type 120 volt 60Hz wall outlets. If the iPad Mini 2 doesn't power up or recharges slowly when travelling to Ecuador from another country please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Devices which come from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts may take longer to charge or won't power up, check your iPad Mini 2 is a dual voltage device (usually marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional 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 Ecuador

Can you use the iPad Mini 2 in Ecuador?

Yes, you can use the iPad Mini 2 in Ecuador by using a power convertor.

What is the best travel charger for the iPad Mini 2 in Ecuador?

If you are travelling to more than one country and bringing along more than just your iPad Mini 2 the best travel power adapter for Ecuador to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different standards of wall outlets that Ecuadorians use (types B and A) and using a travel charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by switching the plugs over. If your model of iPad Mini 2 supports Fast Charge (note not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times with one of these types of USB travel chargers and additional compatibility with more power demanding devices. Unlike other travel adapters having a 4 port charger means you can power multiple devices at the same time without needing to bring individual power chargers for your trip to Ecuador or using up additional wall sockets. By only bringing a single USB travel charger will also keep the overall size down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their space saving versatility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers and using just a single plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we suggest buying this type of flexible travel adapter online. The power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Ecuador

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 2, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North 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 best selling compact option for travellers originating from America visiting Ecuador using 3 pin 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 gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half the 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 Ecuador. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for the iPad Mini 2 in Ecuador?

Powering the iPad Mini 2 with an Ecuadorian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

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

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad Mini 2 from the Ecuadorian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple should typically include the USB cable when you first purchase your iPad Mini 2.
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type A USB power adapter in the Ecuadorian power outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by 2 thin slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB Lightning charging cord into the USB mains 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 Ecuadorian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPad Mini 2 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes between one to four hours to recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini 2 with an Ecuadorian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

How to use a Type B power charger for charging your iPad Mini 2 from an Ecuadorian power outlet

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPad Mini 2 from an Ecuadorian power outlet by using the Apple Lightning cable with a Type B USB adapter.

  1. To supply power to your iPad Mini 2 from the Ecuadorian power outlet you'll need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should usually include the USB cable when you first purchase your iPad Mini 2).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type B USB power adapter into the power supply. You can identify this plug outlet by the 2 slots adjacent to each other where the short twin blades sit with a single hole below for the longer earthed pin.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB Lightning power cord into the USB mains 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. Turn on the Ecuadorian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging and takes roughly 60 to 240 minutes to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type B power charger for charging your iPad Mini 2 from an Ecuadorian power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia entry about Ecuador
  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, costs 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 price £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, £10-£15.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, £10-£15.