How to charge the iPad Mini 2 from a power outlet in Mexico

The WikiConnections page on how to recharge the iPad Mini 2 with a Mexican power outlet by using the Lightning Apple cable with a 2 pinned Type A USB charger and how to recharge the iPad Mini 2 using a three pin Type B USB adapter.

Mexican power outlet

Complicated region codes and plug types can all be confusing when planning to travel to a different country especially for the first time traveller. This guide has been specifically written to help assist travellers wanting to charge their iPad Mini 2 when they're abroad.These instructions shows what you'll need to supply power to your iPad Mini 2 when you are travelling to Mexico by using their B or A type 127 volt 60Hz power outlets, please be aware Type B wall outlets will be typically used by a majority of Mexicans. Type A electrical sockets aren't as commonplace but still used by some hotels in Mexico. If the iPad Mini 2 does not power up or charges slowly when travelling to Mexico from another country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically devices which originate from a different country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) sometimes take longer to charge or won't turn on, check that the iPad Mini 2 is a dual voltage device (usually marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to ensure proper use. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini 2.

Charging the iPad Mini 2 in Mexico

Can the iPad Mini 2 be used in Mexico?

You can connect the iPad Mini 2 to a Mexican power outlet.

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

When travelling with more than your iPad Mini 2 the best travel charger for Mexico is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Mexicans use two different types of plug sockets (B and A) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the plugs over. If your model of iPad Mini 2 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel chargers plus support for more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters having a four port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack seperate power chargers on your trip to Mexico. Because you are only packing a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage while travelling. Due to their versatility these types of power chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and e-readers with only a single wall outlet.

If you travel frequently we suggest buying this type of flexible power charger at your preferred electronics retailer. The power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Mexico

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPad Mini 2, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is necessary when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America going to Mexico.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Mexico.
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad Mini 2 in Mexico?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 2 from a Mexican power outlet

The WikiConnections page on how to recharge the iPad Mini 2 with a Mexican power outlet by using the Lightning Apple cable with a 2 pinned Type A USB charger.

  1. To supply power to your iPad Mini 2 from the Mexican power outlet you'll need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will usually supply this cable with your iPad Mini 2.
  2. Plug the Type A USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can recognise the power supply by 2 thin slots adjacent to each other. Type A power outlets in Mexico aren't as commonplace but could still used by some hotels.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB Apple cord into the mains USB adapter 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 Mexican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging and takes between 1-4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 2 from a Mexican power outlet

How to use a Type B power charger for charging your iPad Mini 2 from a Mexican power outlet

Using a USB Lightning Apple connector and a Type B USB adapter to charge the iPad Mini 2 with a Mexican power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the iPad Mini 2 using the Mexican power outlet you'll need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will typically supply this cable with your iPad Mini 2.
  2. Insert the Type B USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can recognise the plug outlet by 2 slots with a single semicircle shaped hole below for the ground pin. Type B electrical sockets will be the most common outlets found in Mexico.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB 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 bottom of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Turn on the Mexican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad Mini 2 will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is charging which takes around one to four hours to recharge.
How to use a Type B power charger for charging your iPad Mini 2 from a Mexican power outlet

See also

  1. https://www.visitmexico.com/en - Visit Mexico Web Site
  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/typeA.htm - Type A power outlet
  4. Type A USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type A mains power outlet, estimated price 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, priced at under C$140.
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeB.htm - Type B power outlet
  7. Type B USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type B mains power outlet, costs 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.