Charging your iPad Mini from a power outlet in Netherlands

A page showing how to recharge the iPad Mini from a Dutch power outlet by using the USB Lightning Apple cable with a Europlug Type C USB charger and recharging the iPad Mini using a Schuko Type F USB plug.

Dutch power outlet

If packing for a trip it's useful to know if you'll be able to charge all your vital electrical devices such as mobiles and cameras when you're there. However, without knowing which wall socket is being used in Netherlands you are more likely to bring the wrong power charger, meaning needing to buy or borrow a suitable adaptor when you need to recharge which might be incompatible and damage the device. Complicated region codes and voltages can often be confusing when planning on visiting a foreign country, especially to the first time traveller. These instructions have been specifically written to prevent you having to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPad Mini when staying in Netherlands.This step-by-step guide shows you exactly what you'll need to charge the iPad Mini when you're travelling to Netherlands using the F or C type Dutch 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, you'll discover a majority of Dutch use the Type F wall outlets. If you are visiting Netherlands from another country double check the iPad Mini can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v double check the device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overheating during charging. If you intend on travelling to a Dutch city like Amsterdam we suggest reading the Dutch entry on Wikipedia.org [1] for further information. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in Netherlands

Can the iPad Mini be used in Netherlands?

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

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad Mini in Netherlands?

If you are travelling to multiple countries then the best travel power adapter for Netherlands is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Dutch use two different standards of wall outlets (types F and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the supplied plugs. If your iPad Mini supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times by using one of these USB power 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 buy individual travel chargers on your Dutch trip. Only needing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage while travelling as well as being convenient for recharging your iPad Mini at an airport or on the flight. Due to their space saving versatility these types of chargers can be used when you return home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets and phones without needing an additional plug socket.

If you travel to Netherlands we suggest buying a flexible power adapter similar to this at your preferred electronics retailer, the travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Netherlands

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices using USB, however for visitors also wanting 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 for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Netherlands 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 going to Netherlands.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Netherlands. [8] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad Mini in Netherlands?

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

A page showing how to recharge the iPad Mini from a Dutch power outlet by using the USB Lightning Apple cable with a Europlug Type C USB charger.

  1. To charge the iPad Mini from the Dutch power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the USB cable is normally already supplied with your iPad Mini).
  2. Begin by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it into the Dutch power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the two round holes next to each other.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB mains 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. Switch on the Dutch 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 one-four hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad Mini from a Dutch power outlet

How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your iPad Mini from a Dutch power outlet

Using the Apple USB Lightning connector with a 2 pin Schuko Type F power adapter to power the iPad Mini with a Dutch power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPad Mini from a Dutch power outlet you'll need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], this USB cable is normally supplied with your iPad Mini by Apple.
  2. Plug the Type F USB power adapter into the power supply. The round plug supply, sometimes known as a Schuko plug, can be identified by the two circular adjacent holes, plus two thin grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Connect one end of the USB 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 base of the iPad Mini.
  4. Turn on the Dutch power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging which should take around 60-240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your iPad Mini from a Dutch power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Dutch entry on Wikipedia.org
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, under C$20.
  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 F power outlet
  7. 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, C$15-C$20.
  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.