How to charge the iPad Mini when visiting Macedonia

Using a Lightning Apple cable with a two pin Type C Europlug power charger to charge the iPad Mini from a Macedonian power outlet and charging the iPad Mini using a two pin Type F Schuko power plug.

Macedonian power outlet

Varying different combinations of region codes and sockets can often be daunting when planning on staying in a different country, especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used in the world this article tells you exactly what to buy in advance to power the iPad Mini in Macedonia. These guidelines have been written to stop travellers having to worry if they'll be able to power their iPad Mini abroad.If you're travelling to Macedonia this page contains useful instructions showing you how to charge your iPad Mini by using the Type F or C Macedonian 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. If travelling to Macedonia from a different region make sure the iPad Mini can accept a 240v supply. If the iPad Mini was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure the device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged whilst powering it up. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in Macedonia

Can the iPad Mini be used in Macedonia?

Yes, you can use the iPad Mini in Macedonia.

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad Mini in Macedonia?

If travelling with more than just your iPad Mini the best travel power adapter for Macedonia is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Macedonians use two different standards of power outlets (F and C) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied plugs. If your model of iPad Mini is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these types of USB power adapters, and compatibility with more power demanding devices.

Unlike other travel chargers this means you can recharge multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple power chargers. By only packing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers without using up an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling frequently we suggest searching for this type of versatile power charger at your preferred electronics retailer; the multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Macedonia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unstable power grids. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Macedonia and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Macedonia 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 originating from the US using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 Macedonia. [8] [AD]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad Mini in Macedonia?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from a Macedonian power outlet

Using a USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type C Europlug USB charger to recharge the iPad Mini with a Macedonian power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge your iPad Mini using the Macedonian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should typically include the cable when you buy the iPad Mini).
  2. Plug the Type C USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can recognise the wall supply by the 2 round holes adjacent to each other.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Lightning charging cord into the bottom of the USB mains adapter 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. Turn on the Macedonian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad Mini screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging which should take around 1 - 4 hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from a Macedonian power outlet

Powering the iPad Mini with a Macedonian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Using a Lightning connector and a Schuko Type F USB charger to power the iPad Mini with a Macedonian power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to your iPad Mini from the Macedonian power outlet you will need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple normally supply this USB cable when you purchase your iPad Mini).
  2. Begin by plugging the Type F USB power adapter into the Macedonian power outlet. You can recognise the wall supply by the two round holes 19 mm adjacent to each other and two thin grounding clips above and below.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB charging cable into the mains USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Mini.
  4. Turn on the Macedonian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging and takes around 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini with a Macedonian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia page about Macedonia
  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, 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.