Charging the iPad Mini when planning a trip to Estonia

Instructions showing you how to power the iPad Mini from an Estonian power outlet with the USB Lightning Apple cable and a 2 pin Type C USB charger and charging the iPad Mini using a Schuko Type F power charger.

Estonian power outlet

Complicated combinations of frequencies and region codes can often be confusing when planning on visiting another country for the first time traveller. These instructions have been specifically written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPad Mini when travelling to Estonia.This page has step-by-step instructions showing you how to supply power to the iPad Mini when you're visiting Estonia using the types F or C 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. If you are visiting Estonia from another country ensure your iPad Mini 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 is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power converter to stop the device from being damaged when charging it. If you plan to stay in a place such as Tallinn or Tartu we also suggest reading the Wikipedia entry about Estonia [1] for more details. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in Estonia

Can you use the iPad Mini in Estonia?

You can use the iPad Mini in Estonia.

What is the best power adapter for the iPad Mini in Estonia?

When travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your iPad Mini then the best travel adapter for Estonia is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different types of power outlets that Estonians 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 from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the included plugs. If your iPad Mini supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers, plus additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other travel chargers this will allow you to charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy individual power adapters for your Estonian trip or using up additional power sockets. Because you are only needing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of travel adapters can be used back at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend buying this type of versatile power adapter online - the travel charger illustrated below 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 Estonia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unreliable power supplies. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Estonia.
  • 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 the US using type B plugs. This gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with only 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Estonia. [8] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for the iPad Mini in Estonia?

Powering the iPad Mini with an Estonian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Instructions showing you how to power the iPad Mini from an Estonian power outlet with the USB Lightning Apple cable and a 2 pin Type C USB charger.

  1. To charge the iPad Mini from an Estonian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will normally supply the cable with the iPad Mini).
  2. Begin by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. This ungrounded plug supply (sometimes called the Europlug or Type C power outlet [3]) can be recognised by 2 circular adjacent holes for live and neutral pins.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Apple Lightning cable into the mains power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad Mini.
  4. Switch on the Estonian 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 is powering up and takes around 1-4 hours to recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini with an Estonian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

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

Instructions showing you how to power the iPad Mini from an Estonian power outlet with the Apple USB Lightning connector with a Type F Schuko power adapter.

  1. If you want to power your iPad Mini using the Estonian 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 typically already included with the device by Apple).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type F USB power adapter into the Estonian power outlet. You can recognise this plug supply by the two large holes 19 mm adjacent to each other along with a pair of thin grounding clips above and below.
  3. Connect one end of the USB Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB charger 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. Switch on the Estonian 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 is charging which typically takes roughly one to four hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your iPad Mini from an Estonian power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia entry about Estonia
  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, C$15-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, priced at around 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.