Charging the iPad Mini 2 when planning a trip to Latvia

Using a Lightning connector with a Europlug Type C power adapter to recharge your iPad Mini 2 with a Latvian power outlet and charging the iPad Mini 2 using a Type F Schuko power charger.

Latvian power outlet

Varying different region codes and voltages can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country, especially if you've never been there before. These instructions have been specifically written to prevent travellers worrying if they'll be able to charge the iPad Mini 2 abroad.This page has step-by-step instructions showing you how to charge the iPad Mini 2 when you are in Latvia using the types F or C 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets. You'll find power will differ from region to region therefore we suggest reading the Europe page for a complete list of regions and countries. When visiting Latvia from a different region please make sure that your iPad Mini 2 can be charged using a 240v supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure that your iPad Mini 2 is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to avoid the device from overloading whilst powering it. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini 2.

Charging the iPad Mini 2 in Latvia

Can you use the iPad Mini 2 in Latvia?

Yes, you can connect the iPad Mini 2 to a Latvian power outlet.

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad Mini 2 in Latvia?

If you are travelling with more than your iPad Mini 2 or visiting more than one country then the best travel charger for Latvia to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two standards of plug sockets that Latvians use (F and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and 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 model of iPad Mini 2 supports Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB power adapters, and 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. By only bringing a single international travel charger will also keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets with just a single power outlet.

For those travelling to different destinations we suggest buying an adaptable travel charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Latvia

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 2, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable power grids. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Latvia 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 portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Latvia.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs and is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 Latvia. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad Mini 2 in Latvia?

Charging the iPad Mini 2 from a Latvian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Using a USB Lightning Apple cable and a 2 pin Type C USB charger to charge your iPad Mini 2 with a Latvian power outlet.

  1. If you want to power the iPad Mini 2 from a Latvian power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should normally supply the cable with the iPad Mini 2).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can identify this power supply by the two adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Apple Lightning power cable into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Switch on the Latvian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad Mini 2 screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging, typically taking between one-four hours to completely recharge.
Charging the iPad Mini 2 from a Latvian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 2 from a Latvian power outlet

A page showing how to charge your iPad Mini 2 with a Latvian power outlet using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a 2 pin Type F USB charger.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad Mini 2 using the Latvian power outlet you will need to use a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], usually supplied with your iPad Mini 2.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type F USB power adapter into the Latvian power outlet. The sunken circular wall outlet, also known as a Type F power outlet [6] or Schuko plug, can be identified by the two 4.8mm round holes 19 mm next to each other along with two metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB power adapter 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 Latvian 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 2 is powering up and takes around one to four hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 2 from a Latvian power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Latvia Wikipedia page
  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, estimated cost 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, priced at under 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.