Charging your iPad Mini from a power outlet in Belize

A page showing how to recharge the iPad Mini from a Belizean power outlet with the Apple USB Lightning connector with a three pin Type B power adapter, powering the iPad Mini using a 3 pin Type G power adapter and how to power the iPad Mini using a Type A USB plug

Belizean power outlet

Varying different frequencies and standards can often be confusing when planning on staying in a foreign country, especially if you've never been there before. The following instructions will show exactly what you'll need to power your iPad Mini when travelling to Belize using the Type G, A or B Belizean 110 volt 60Hz power outlets. If the iPad Mini charges slowly or does not power up when you are visiting Belize from another country check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally devices which originate from another country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts sometimes take longer to charge or won't power up, check the device is a dual voltage device (you'll find these are usually marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to ensure proper use. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in Belize

Can the iPad Mini be used in Belize?

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

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What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad Mini in Belize?

If you are travelling with more than your iPad Mini the best international travel adapter for Belize is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are three standards of wall outlets that Belizeans use (G, A and B) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for both types A and G. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your iPad Mini can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these travel chargers, plus additional support for certain power hungry devices.

Having a four port adapter means you can recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy seperate travel chargers on your Belizean trip or using up additional power sockets. Only bringing a single international travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand luggage while travelling. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple phones, tablets and e-readers with just a single wall outlet.

We recommend buying a versatile power adapter like this at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Belize

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors 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 useful for travellers to counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Belize and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK 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 going to Belize using 3 pin type B 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 from the US using type B plugs. This is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet for almost half the 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 suitable for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Belize. [10]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad Mini in Belize?

How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPad Mini from a Belizean power outlet

Instructions on how to power the iPad Mini from a Belizean power outlet with a Lightning cable and a 3 pin Type G power charger.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad Mini using the Belizean power outlet you'll need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], the cable is normally already included with the device.
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type G USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can identify the power supply by the three holes forming a triangular configuration for live, neutral and earth.
  3. 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 can be found at the bottom of the iPad Mini.
  4. Switch on the Belizean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPad Mini screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is charging taking around one to four hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPad Mini from a Belizean power outlet

How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPad Mini from a Belizean power outlet

Using the Apple Lightning connector with a two pin Type A power adapter to recharge your iPad Mini with a Belizean power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPad Mini from a Belizean power outlet you'll need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (usually included with the device by Apple).
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type A USB power adapter and plugging it in the Belizean power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the two adjacent slots for live and neutral pins.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the mains USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad Mini.
  4. Turn on the Belizean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Mini is powering up taking roughly 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge.
How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPad Mini from a Belizean power outlet

Charging the iPad Mini from a Belizean power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Instructions on how to recharge the iPad Mini from a Belizean power outlet with a Lightning connector and a 3 pin Type B power adapter.

  1. To charge the iPad Mini from a Belizean power outlet you will need to use a Type B USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (typically already included with the device by Apple).
  2. First you'll need to plug the Type B USB power adapter in the Belizean power outlet. This power outlet, sometimes known as a Type B power outlet [8], can be recognised by 2 thin slots next to each other where the live and neutral blades go with a semicircle hole below for the long grounded pin.
  3. Plug in one end of the Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB 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 Belizean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPad Mini screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is charging which typically takes around one to four hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPad Mini from a Belizean power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Belize Wikipedia page
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - A Type G USB charger has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin, estimated price around C$15.
  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 A power outlet
  7. Type A USB power adapter - An unearthed Type A USB charger has 2 parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes near the tip of each blade, costing under C$20.
  8. iec.ch - Type B power outlet
  9. Type B USB power adapter - 3 pinned Type B USB chargers have a single unearthed round pin along with 2 shorter parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes in the end of each blade, under C$20.
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costing under C$20.