How to charge your iPad Mini 2 from a power outlet in Estonia

Using an Apple USB Lightning connector and a Type C Europlug USB adapter to recharge your iPad Mini 2 from an Estonian power outlet and charging the iPad Mini 2 using a 2 pinned Schuko Type F power plug.

Estonian power outlet

Various standards and voltages can often be daunting when planning on travelling to another country, especially if you've never visited before. This guide was specifically written to prevent visitors needing to worry if they'll be able to power the iPad Mini 2 abroad.If you are visiting Estonia these useful instructions show charging your iPad Mini 2 by using the standard types F or C Estonian 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. If travelling to Estonia from another country please double check your iPad Mini 2 can be used with a 240v supply. If the iPad Mini 2 originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts check that your device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from over-heating when powering up. If you plan on staying at an Estonian city such as Tallinn or Tartu we also recommend reading the wikipedia.org entry about Estonia [1] for more indepth details prior to travelling to the area. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini 2.

Charging the iPad Mini 2 in Estonia

Can you use the iPad Mini 2 in Estonia?

Yes, you can use the iPad Mini 2 in Estonia by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPad Mini 2 in Estonia?

If travelling to multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for Estonia is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Estonians use two different types of plug sockets (F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the supplied plugs. If your iPad Mini 2 supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters plus support for more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other chargers having a four port charger means you can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple travel adapters or occupying additional power outlets. Only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage whilst travelling and suitable for recharging your iPad Mini 2 at an airport or on a flight. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets with only a single wall outlet.

If you travel frequently we suggest buying a versatile travel adapter like this at an electronics retailer; the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different 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 via USB, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These travel adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Estonia and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power adapter for travellers originating from America visiting Estonia using 3 pin type B US plug sockets.
  • 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 from the US using type B plugs. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at 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 perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Estonia. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPad Mini 2 in Estonia?

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad Mini 2 from an Estonian power outlet

Using an Apple USB Lightning connector and a Type C Europlug USB adapter to recharge your iPad Mini 2 from an Estonian power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the iPad Mini 2 using the Estonian power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple normally supply this cable with your iPad Mini 2.
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter in the Estonian power outlet. This wall supply (called a Type C power outlet [3] or Europlug) is recognised by the two circular adjacent holes next to each other.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable 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 situated at the bottom of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Turn on the Estonian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is charging taking between 1-4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad Mini 2 from an Estonian power outlet

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

Using a USB Lightning connector and a double pin Type F Schuko USB adapter to recharge your iPad Mini 2 from an Estonian power outlet.

  1. In order to charge your iPad Mini 2 using an Estonian power outlet you will need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], normally included with the iPad Mini 2 by Apple.
  2. Insert the Type F USB power adapter in the Estonian power outlet. The recessed circular power supply, also called a Type F power outlet [6], can be recognised by two large round holes 19 mm apart from each other for live and neutral, plus a pair of two thin grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Turn on the Estonian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes between 1-4 hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini 2 with an Estonian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org 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, 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 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.