How to charge the iPad Mini when planning a trip to Qatar

A guide showing how to power your iPad Mini with a Qatari power outlet with a Lightning Apple connector with a Type G power adapter and how to recharge the iPad Mini using a 3 pinned Type D power plug.

Qatari power outlet

Different combinations of frequencies and standards can often lead to confusion when planning on staying in a foreign country especially if you've never been there before. These instructions were specifically written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPad Mini when you're in Qatar.This page contains a simple guide showing what you'll need to power the iPad Mini when you are visiting Qatar using their types G or D Qatari 240 volt 50Hz plug outlets, you will find most Qataris use Type G plug outlets. If visiting Qatar from a different country make sure the iPad Mini can accept a 240v supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts check that your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged during charging. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in Qatar

Can you use the iPad Mini in Qatar?

Yes, you can connect the iPad Mini to a Qatari power outlet.

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

If travelling to more than one country then the best international travel charger for Qatar is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Qataris use two different types of plug sockets (types G and D) and using a power charger like this ensures that you are covered for type G.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied heads. If your iPad Mini can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times with one of these types of USB travel chargers and additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port charger will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to bring multiple travel chargers for your trip to Qatar or using up additional wall outlets. By only packing a single international USB travel charger will keep the size down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage while 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 smartphones and tablets without using up an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling regularly we recommend buying this type of flexible power adapter at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Qatar

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPad Mini, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is crucial when visiting counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Qatar and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 option for travellers originating from North America visiting Qatar using 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 originating from North America using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Qatar. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPad Mini in Qatar?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from a Qatari power outlet

Using a Lightning Apple cable with a Type G power adapter to charge your iPad Mini from a Qatari power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPad Mini using a Qatari power outlet you will need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple typically supply this USB cable when you purchase the iPad Mini.
  2. Begin the process by inserting the Type G USB power adapter in the Qatari power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by the 3 vertical rectangular holes containing shutters forming a triangular configuration for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Lightning charging cable into the mains USB 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 Qatari power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up which typically takes between one to four hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from a Qatari power outlet

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

A step by step guide showing how to recharge your iPad Mini from a Qatari power outlet by using the Apple Lightning connector and a 3 pinned Type D power charger.

  1. If you want to charge your iPad Mini using a Qatari power outlet you will need to use a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will usually supply the USB cable when you purchase the iPad Mini.
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type D USB power adapter into the Qatari power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by 3 round holes forming a triangle configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Apple Lightning charging cord into the mains USB 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. Switch on the Qatari power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad Mini will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes between 60 to 240 minutes to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from a Qatari power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Qatari 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, priced at 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, estimated cost under C$15.
  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, around C$15.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, under C$20.