Charging the iPad Mini when planning a trip to Pakistan

Instructions showing you how to power the iPad Mini from a Pakistani power outlet with the USB Lightning Apple cable and a 2 pin Type C USB charger, recharging the iPad Mini using a 3 pin Type G power charger and how to power the iPad Mini using a 3 pin Type D power adapter

Pakistani power outlet

Varying different standards and plug types can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country for the first time traveller. These instructions have been specifically written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPad Mini when you're travelling abroad.This page has simple instructions showing you how to supply power to the iPad Mini when you're visiting Pakistan using the types G, C, D or M 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets. Most power changes regionally therefore we suggest reading the Asia page for a complete list of regions and countries. When travelling to Pakistan from a different country please check that the iPad Mini can accept a 240 volt supply. If your iPad Mini came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v make sure that your iPad Mini is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to stop the device from being damaged when powering up. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in Pakistan

Can you use the iPad Mini in Pakistan?

You can use the iPad Mini in Pakistan.

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad Mini in Pakistan?

If you are travelling with more than your iPad Mini or visiting more than one country the best international travel adapter for Pakistan is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are four different types of power outlets that Pakistanis use (G, C, D and M) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for both types C and G. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by changing the heads. If your iPad Mini can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers, plus additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. This means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power adapters for your Pakistani trip 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 fold up and store in hand baggage. Because of their flexibility these types of travel adapters can be used back at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend buying an adaptable 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 tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Pakistan

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unstable power supplies. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Pakistan 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 best selling compact option for travellers originating from America going to Pakistan.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This gives almost 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 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 Pakistan. [12] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad Mini in Pakistan?

Charging the iPad Mini from a Pakistani power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Instructions on how to recharge your iPad Mini with a Pakistani power outlet using a Lightning connector with a Type G USB charger.

  1. If you want to power your iPad Mini from the Pakistani power outlet you will need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should normally supply the cable with the iPad Mini).
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type G USB power adapter and inserting it in the wall supply. The wall outlet (technically called the Type G power outlet [3]) can be recognised by 3 vertical holes containing plastic shutters forming a triangle shape for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Connect one end of the USB Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB charger 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. Switch on the Pakistani 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 powering up and takes around one to four hours to completely recharge.
Charging the iPad Mini from a Pakistani power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad Mini from a Pakistani power outlet

Instructions showing you how to power the iPad Mini from a Pakistani power outlet with the USB Lightning Apple cable and a 2 pin Type C USB charger.

  1. If you want to power your iPad Mini from a Pakistani power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - this USB cable is normally already included with the device by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the Pakistani power outlet. The wall outlet is identified by the 2 round holes next to each other where the twin pins slide into.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB charger 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. Switch on the Pakistani 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 is charging which typically takes roughly one to four hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad Mini from a Pakistani power outlet

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

Instructions showing you how to power the iPad Mini from a Pakistani power outlet with the Apple USB Lightning connector with a Type D USB charger.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad Mini using the Pakistani power outlet you will need to use a Type D USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - this USB cable is normally already included with the device by Apple.
  2. Insert the Type D USB power adapter into the Pakistani power outlet. You can recognise this plug supply by the three holes forming a triangle pattern.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Apple Lightning cable into the USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad Mini.
  4. Switch on the Pakistani 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 powering up and takes around 1-4 hours to recharge.
How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from a Pakistani power outlet

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

Instructions showing you how to power the iPad Mini from a Pakistani power outlet with the USB Lightning Apple cable with a Type M USB charger.

  1. To charge the iPad Mini from a Pakistani power outlet you'll need a Type M USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will typically supply the cable with the iPad Mini).
  2. Plug the Type M USB power adapter into the wall supply. The power outlet (technically called the Type M power outlet [10]) can be recognised by 3 large holes forming a triangle pattern.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Apple Lightning cable into the mains power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad Mini.
  4. Switch on the Pakistani 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 powering up and takes around 1-4 hours to recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini with a Pakistani power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Pakistan Wikipedia 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, costs C$10-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, costs C$20-C$25.
  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$15.
  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, under 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, C$20-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.