Charging your iPad Mini from a power outlet in Sri Lanka

A guide on how to charge your iPad Mini from a Sri Lankan power outlet with the USB Lightning Apple connector with a 3 pin Type M USB charger, charging the iPad Mini using a three pin Type G power plug and charging the iPad Mini using a three pin Type D power plug

Sri Lankan power outlet

Varying different frequencies and region codes can all be daunting when planning on staying in a different country, especially to the first time traveller. This page has been written to help prepare travellers wanting to charge the iPad Mini abroad.This page is a simple guide telling you how to charge your iPad Mini when travelling to Sri Lanka by using their standard types G, D or M 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, please be aware Type G power outlets are typically used by most Sri Lankans. Power supplies vary from region to region therefore we suggest reading the power supplies page for a full list of countries. When you are travelling to Sri Lanka from another country check that the iPad Mini can be used with a 240v supply. If it was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check that your iPad Mini is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to stop the device from being damaged whilst powering it up. If you're planning on travelling to a Sri Lankan place such as Colombo please refer to the Wikipedia web page about Sri Lanka [1] for further details on visiting the location. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in Sri Lanka

Can you use the iPad Mini in Sri Lanka?

You can connect the iPad Mini to a Sri Lankan power outlet by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best power adapter for the iPad Mini in Sri Lanka?

If you are travelling with more than your iPad Mini the best international travel charger for Sri Lanka to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Sri Lankans use three different standards of power outlets (types G, D and M) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type G. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by switching the included heads. If your type of iPad Mini supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times with one of these USB travel chargers, and compatibility with more power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other adapters this will allow you to recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring seperate travel adapters. By only needing a single travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage and convenient for charging your iPad Mini at the airport or on a plane. Due to their space saving versatility these types of chargers can be used back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend buying this type of flexible travel charger at an electronics retailer. The travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Sri Lanka

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, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is necessary when visiting regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Sri Lanka 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 most popular portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Sri Lanka using type B American plug sockets.
  • 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 America using type B plugs and is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Sri Lanka. [10] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for the iPad Mini in Sri Lanka?

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

Using a Lightning Apple cable and a Type G power adapter to recharge your iPad Mini with a Sri Lankan power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge your iPad Mini using the Sri Lankan power outlet you will need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple typically supply the cable when you buy the iPad Mini.
  2. Start by plugging the Type G USB power adapter in the Sri Lankan power outlet. This wall outlet, technically called the Type G power outlet [3], can be identified by the 3 vertical rectangular slots forming a triangular configuration.
  3. Connect one end of the Lightning cord into the bottom of the 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 Sri Lankan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the iPad Mini screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Mini is powering up which should take between 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from a Sri Lankan power outlet

Powering the iPad Mini with a Sri Lankan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

Using a Lightning Apple cable and a Type D power adapter to power your iPad Mini with a Sri Lankan power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad Mini using a Sri Lankan power outlet you'll need to buy a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], this USB cable is usually supplied with the device by Apple.
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type D USB power adapter in the power outlet. The power supply, technically known as a Type D power outlet [6], can be recognised by three holes forming a triangular configuration.
  3. Connect one end of the Lightning cord into the bottom of the 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 Sri Lankan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the iPad Mini screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Mini is powering up which should take between 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad Mini with a Sri Lankan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

How to use a Type M power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from a Sri Lankan power outlet

A guide on how to charge your iPad Mini from a Sri Lankan power outlet with the USB Lightning Apple connector with a 3 pin Type M USB charger.

  1. If you want to charge the iPad Mini from the Sri Lankan power outlet you will need to buy a Type M USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (usually included with the device).
  2. Start by plugging the Type M USB power adapter into the Sri Lankan power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the 3 large circular holes in a triangular shape for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB Apple power 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 is situated at the base of the iPad Mini.
  4. Turn on the Sri Lankan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPad Mini will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Mini is charging, typically taking between one to four hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type M power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from a Sri Lankan power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia web page about Sri Lanka
  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, costing 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, estimated price C$10-C$15.
  8. iec.ch - Type M power outlet
  9. 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.
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, under C$15.