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

Instructions showing how to charge the iPad Mini 2 with a Macanese power outlet by using the Lightning Apple connector and a Schuko Type F USB adapter, how to recharge the iPad Mini 2 using a three pin Type G USB adapter and recharging the iPad Mini 2 using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

Macanese power outlet

If you are planning a trip to Macau it's helpful to know if you can charge any electronics that you'll be bringing with you. However without knowing which power socket is being used in Macau you are likely to bring the wrong power adaptor, meaning needing to purchase a potentially overpriced power adaptor when you're there. Different region codes and plugs can often be daunting when planning on staying in another country, especially for the first time traveller. When travelling to Macau this page has useful instructions showing you how to charge the iPad Mini 2 using their G, D, F or M type 220 volt 50Hz power outlets, Type G power outlets are used by most Macanese. When you are visiting Macau from a different country check your iPad Mini 2 can accept a 240 volt supply. If the iPad Mini 2 originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure that the iPad Mini 2 is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to stop the device from overheating when charging it. If you intend on staying at a Macanese destination like Macau we suggest referring to the wikipedia.org page about Macau [1] for more indepth details prior to travelling to the area. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini 2.

Charging the iPad Mini 2 in Macau

Can you use the iPad Mini 2 in Macau?

Yes, you can use the iPad Mini 2 in Macau.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad Mini 2 in Macau?

When you are travelling with more than your iPad Mini 2 then the best international travel power adapter for Macau to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Macanese use four different types of plug sockets (types G, D, F and M) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type G.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the supplied heads over. If your model of iPad Mini 2 supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, along with additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices. Unlike other chargers having a four port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy seperate power chargers or occupying additional power outlets. By only needing to pack a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage while travelling and suitable for recharging your iPad Mini 2 at the airport or on the plane. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones, tablets and e-readers with only a single wall outlet.

For those travelling on a regular basis we recommend searching for a flexible power charger similar to this at an electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Macau

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of regions with unstable power grids. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Macau using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Macau. [12] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad Mini 2 in Macau?

Powering the iPad Mini 2 with a Macanese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Using an Apple Lightning cable with a 3 pinned Type G USB charger to recharge your iPad Mini 2 from a Macanese power outlet.

  1. In order to power your iPad Mini 2 using a Macanese power outlet you will need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should usually supply this USB cable with your iPad Mini 2).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type G USB power adapter and plugging it into the Macanese power outlet. The plug outlet (called a Type G power outlet [3]) can be identified by three vertical slots in a triangle shape for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Then connect one end of the cord into the USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Turn on the Macanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad Mini 2 will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 2 is charging which typically takes roughly 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad Mini 2 with a Macanese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 2 from a Macanese power outlet

Using an Apple USB Lightning cable with a Type D power charger to power your iPad Mini 2 from a Macanese power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the iPad Mini 2 using the Macanese power outlet you'll need to use a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this cable is usually already supplied with your device).
  2. Start by inserting the Type D USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can recognise this power supply by 3 holes in a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple USB Lightning power cord into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Switch on the Macanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad Mini 2 will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is charging which takes around 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 2 from a Macanese power outlet

Charging the iPad Mini 2 from a Macanese power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

Instructions showing how to charge the iPad Mini 2 with a Macanese power outlet by using the Lightning Apple connector and a Schuko Type F USB adapter.

  1. If you want to power the iPad Mini 2 using a Macanese power outlet you will need a Type F USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will typically include the USB cable with your iPad Mini 2).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type F USB power adapter and plugging it into the Macanese power outlet. You can identify this wall supply by two 4.8mm circular adjacent holes next to each other and two thin metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple USB power cord into the bottom of the mains USB 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 Macanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad Mini 2 will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is charging, typically taking around 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge.
Charging the iPad Mini 2 from a Macanese power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

Powering the iPad Mini 2 with a Macanese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

A step by step guide showing you how to recharge the iPad Mini 2 from a Macanese power outlet with an Apple Lightning cable with a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter.

  1. In order to charge the iPad Mini 2 from the Macanese power outlet you will need a Type M USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple should usually supply this USB cable with your iPad Mini 2.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type M USB power adapter in the Macanese power outlet. The plug outlet (sometimes called a Type M power outlet [10]) looks like three large round holes forming a triangle shape.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Lightning power cable into the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Turn on the Macanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is charging taking between 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad Mini 2 with a Macanese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org page about Macau
  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, estimated price under 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$25.
  6. iec.ch - Type D power outlet
  7. Type D USB power adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D USB chargers have large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, under C$15.
  8. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  9. 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, costs C$10-C$15.
  10. iec.ch - Type M power outlet
  11. 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, under C$25.
  12. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, under C$15.