How to charge the iPad Mini 2 when planning a trip to Saint Martin

Using the Apple Lightning connector and a two pinned Type C power adapter to charge the iPad Mini 2 from a St Martins power outlet and recharging the iPad Mini 2 using a double pin Type F Schuko power plug.

St Martins power outlet

Various voltages and plugs can all be confusing when planning on visiting another country to the first time traveller. This guide was specifically written to prevent you having to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPad Mini 2 abroad.The following step-by-step instructions shows exactly how to supply power to your iPad Mini 2 when going to Saint Martin by using their Type F or C St Martins 230 volt 60Hz wall outlets, Type F wall outlets will be used by most Saint Martins. When you are travelling to Saint Martin from another country please check that your iPad Mini 2 can accept a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v ensure that the device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to avoid the device from overheating whilst powering it up. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini 2.

Charging the iPad Mini 2 in Saint Martin

Can you use the iPad Mini 2 in Saint Martin?

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

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad Mini 2 in Saint Martin?

If travelling to more than one country then the best international travel charger for Saint Martin is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two standards of power outlets in Saint Martin (types F and C) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world just by changing the included plugs. If your model of iPad Mini 2 supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these power adapters, and support for more power hungry devices. This will allow you to recharge more than one device at once without needing to pack individual travel adapters for your trip or occupying additional wall sockets. By only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage while travelling. Due to their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when you return home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones, tablets and speakers using just a single plug socket.

We suggest searching for an adaptable travel adapter like this online, the power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Saint Martin

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, however 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 crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Saint Martin 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 Saint Martin using type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also 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 and offers almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for almost half 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 perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Saint Martin.
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad Mini 2 in Saint Martin?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 2 from a St Martins power outlet

Using the Apple Lightning connector and a two pinned Type C power adapter to charge the iPad Mini 2 from a St Martins power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPad Mini 2 using a St Martins power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (typically already supplied with your device by Apple).
  2. Begin by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it in the power outlet. The plug supply (called the Europlug) can be identified by the two holes next to each other.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB Lightning power cord into the bottom of the mains power charger 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. Switch on the St Martins power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 2 is recharging which typically takes around one-four hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 2 from a St Martins power outlet

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

The Wiki Connections guide showing how to power the iPad Mini 2 with a St Martins power outlet with a Lightning Apple cable with a Schuko Type F USB adapter.

  1. To supply power to your iPad Mini 2 from the St Martins power outlet you will need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple usually supply this USB cable when you purchase your iPad Mini 2.
  2. Firstly insert the Type F USB power adapter in the St Martins power outlet. This round plug outlet (sometimes known as the Schuko outlet) can be identified by two large round holes 19 mm apart from each other, plus metal grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Turn on the St Martins power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 2 is charging, typically taking around 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini 2 with a St Martins power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Martin - wikipedia.org entry about Saint Martin
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1595/en_US/ipad_user_guide.pdf - Official iPad user guide
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet
  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
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  7. Type F USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type F mains power outlet
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters