How to charge the iPad Mini when staying in Guam

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge the iPad Mini with a Guamanian power outlet by using a USB Lightning cable with a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter and powering the iPad Mini using a 3 pinned Type B USB charger.

Guamanian power outlet

Various region codes and plugs can often be confusing when planning to travel to a different country if you've never visited before. When visiting Guam the following instructions show charging your iPad Mini using their B or A type 110 volt 60Hz power outlets. If the iPad Mini doesn't power up or recharges slowly when you are travelling to Guam from a different region please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Electrical devices which originate from a different country which use a higher voltage (for example 220 volts) can take longer to charge or won't turn on, check your device is dual voltage (you'll find these are usually marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to ensure proper use. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in Guam

Can the iPad Mini be used in Guam?

You can connect the iPad Mini to a Guamanian power outlet by using a power convertor.

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

When you are travelling with more than just your iPad Mini or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for Guam to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different standards of power outlets in Guam (types B and A) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by changing the supplied heads over. If your model of iPad Mini can support Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters this will also allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring multiple travel adapters on your trip to Guam or occupying additional power outlets. By only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling and suitable for recharging your iPad Mini at the airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel chargers can be used back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones without using up an additional wall outlet.

If you travel regularly we recommend searching for this type of versatile travel adapter online - the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Guam

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of regions with unreliable power grids. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Guam 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 power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Guam.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise 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 and is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Guam. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad Mini in Guam?

Charging the iPad Mini from a Guamanian power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge the iPad Mini with a Guamanian power outlet by using a USB Lightning cable with a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter.

  1. If you want to charge the iPad Mini from the Guamanian power outlet you'll need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this cable is usually already supplied with the iPad Mini by Apple).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type A USB power adapter and plugging it into the Guamanian power outlet. The plug outlet, technically known as the Type A power outlet [3], is recognised by the two thin slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Mini.
  4. Turn on the Guamanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up, typically taking around 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPad Mini from a Guamanian power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

Powering the iPad Mini with a Guamanian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Using the Lightning Apple connector and a Type B power charger to recharge your iPad Mini from a Guamanian power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPad Mini from the Guamanian power outlet you'll need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this cable is usually already supplied with the iPad Mini by Apple).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type B USB power adapter and plugging it into the Guamanian power outlet. The plug outlet, technically known as the Type B power outlet [6], is recognised by the two thin slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral blades with a single semicircle shaped hole below for the slightly longer earthed pin.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Mini.
  4. Turn on the Guamanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up which takes around 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad Mini with a Guamanian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Guamanian Wikipedia page
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type A power outlet
  4. 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, estimated cost 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, under C$15.
  6. iec.ch - Type B power outlet
  7. 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, 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.