Charging your iPad Mini from a power outlet in Bhutan

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPad Mini with a Bhutanese power outlet with the Apple USB Lightning connector with a 2 pin Europlug Type C power adapter, powering the iPad Mini using a 3 pin Type G power charger and recharging the iPad Mini using a Type D USB charger

Bhutanese power outlet

Varying different voltages and plugs can often lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country for the first time traveller. This guide has been written to prevent visitors worrying if they'll be able to charge their iPad Mini abroad.If planning a trip to Bhutan the following useful instructions show how to supply power to the iPad Mini by using their types G, C, D, F or M 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. If you are visiting Bhutan from another country make sure that the iPad Mini can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure the device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to stop the device from being damaged whilst powering it up. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in Bhutan

Can the iPad Mini be used in Bhutan?

Yes, you can connect the iPad Mini to a Bhutanese power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

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What is the best travel adapter for the iPad Mini in Bhutan?

When travelling with more than your iPad Mini or visiting more than one country the best international travel charger for Bhutan to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Bhutanese use five different types of power outlets (G, C, D, F and M) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for both types C and G. As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by switching the included heads. If your model of iPad Mini is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these USB travel chargers, plus additional compatibility with certain power hungry devices. Unlike other travel chargers having a 4 port adapter will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack individual travel chargers on your Bhutanese trip. By only packing a single USB travel charger will keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones, tablets and speakers using only a single power outlet.

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

Alternative travel adapter for Bhutan

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is necessary for visitors of regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Bhutan and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 adapter for travellers originating from America going to Bhutan.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs and is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one 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 suitable for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Bhutan. [14]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPad Mini in Bhutan?

Powering the iPad Mini with a Bhutanese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Instructions showing how to charge your iPad Mini with a Bhutanese power outlet with the Apple USB Lightning connector and a 3 pin Type G USB charger.

  1. To charge your iPad Mini using the Bhutanese power outlet you will need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this USB cable is typically supplied with your iPad Mini by Apple).
  2. Start by plugging the Type G USB power adapter into the power supply. The power supply (sometimes called the Type G power outlet [3]) looks like three rectangular slots forming a triangle configuration for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Apple charging cord into the bottom of 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 bottom of the iPad Mini.
  4. Switch on the Bhutanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPad Mini screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up and takes roughly 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini with a Bhutanese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from a Bhutanese power outlet

Using a Lightning Apple cable and a Type C Europlug power charger to charge your iPad Mini with a Bhutanese power outlet.

  1. If you want to power the iPad Mini from a Bhutanese power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], this USB cable is typically supplied with your iPad Mini by Apple.
  2. Firstly insert the Type C USB power adapter in the Bhutanese power outlet. You can identify this plug supply by the 2 circular holes next to each other.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB mains charger 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 Bhutanese 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 charging taking around 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from a Bhutanese power outlet

How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from a Bhutanese power outlet

Using the USB Lightning Apple cable with a Type D USB adapter to power the iPad Mini from a Bhutanese power outlet.

  1. In order to power your iPad Mini from a Bhutanese power outlet you'll need to buy a Type D USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], the USB cable is normally already supplied with your iPad Mini.
  2. Start by plugging the Type D USB power adapter into the Bhutanese power outlet. You can identify this plug supply by the 3 round holes in a triangular shape.
  3. Connect one end of the USB cable into the mains power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Mini.
  4. Turn on the Bhutanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging, typically taking between 1 - 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from a Bhutanese power outlet

Powering the iPad Mini with a Bhutanese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Using the Apple USB Lightning connector with a two pin Type F USB adapter to power the iPad Mini from a Bhutanese power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad Mini using the Bhutanese power outlet you'll need a Type F USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (usually supplied with the device by Apple).
  2. Start by taking the Type F USB power adapter and plugging it into the wall supply. This recessed round power outlet, also known as a Schuko outlet, can be identified by two round adjacent holes, plus two grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple cable into the bottom of the mains power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Mini.
  4. Turn on the Bhutanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is charging, typically taking between 1 to 4 hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad Mini with a Bhutanese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Powering the iPad Mini with a Bhutanese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

Using the USB Lightning Apple cable with a Type M power adapter to power the iPad Mini with a Bhutanese power outlet.

  1. To charge your iPad Mini using the Bhutanese power outlet you will need to buy a Type M USB power adapter [13] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this USB cable is typically supplied with your iPad Mini by Apple).
  2. Start by plugging the Type M USB power adapter into the power supply. The power supply (sometimes called the Type M power outlet [12]) looks like three round holes in a triangle pattern.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB Lightning cable into the mains 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. Turn on the Bhutanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging, typically taking roughly one to four hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad Mini with a Bhutanese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Bhutanese Wikipedia web page
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - A Type G USB charger has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin, around C$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, under C$15.
  6. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  7. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, under C$20.
  8. iec.ch - Type D power outlet
  9. Type D USB power adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D USB chargers have large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, priced at around C$15.
  10. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  11. Type F USB power adapter - Type F USB chargers are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, priced at under C$20.
  12. iec.ch - Type M power outlet
  13. Type M USB power adapter - South African Type M USB chargers have three large circular pins in a triangular shape with the top earthed pin longer and larger in diameter, costing under C$20.
  14. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced under C$20.