Charging the iPad Mini when staying in Micronesia

Instructions on how to charge your iPad Mini from a Micronesian power outlet with a USB Lightning connector and a Type A USB adapter and how to power the iPad Mini using a Type B power adapter.

Micronesian power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of voltages and region codes can often cause confusion when planning to visit another country especially to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of common standards being used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what to purchase in advance to power the iPad Mini in Micronesia. These step by step instructions will show how to power your iPad Mini when you are visiting Micronesia using the standard B or A type 120 volt 60Hz wall outlets. Power supplies vary regionally therefore we recommend reading the Oceania and power supplies page for a full list of regions and countries. If your iPad Mini slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when you are travelling to Micronesia from another country please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Devices which originated from a different country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) either take longer to charge or won't power up, check the device is dual-voltage (usually marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to ensure proper use. If you plan on staying at a Micronesian city such as Weno refer to the Micronesian Wikipedia web page [1] for more details. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in Micronesia

Can the iPad Mini be used in Micronesia?

Yes, you can use the iPad Mini in Micronesia.

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What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad Mini in Micronesia?

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

As these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the heads over. If your type of iPad Mini can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times by using one of these types of power adapters plus additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other adapters this means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to buy multiple power chargers on your Micronesian trip or occupying additional wall sockets. Only packing a single USB travel charger will also keep the size down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage and suitable for charging your iPad Mini at an airport or on the flight. Because of their flexibility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without needing an additional wall outlet.

We suggest searching for a flexible power adapter of this nature online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Micronesia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Micronesia 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 compact power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting Micronesia.
  • 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 much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Micronesia. [8]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad Mini in Micronesia?

Powering the iPad Mini with a Micronesian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Instructions on how to charge your iPad Mini from a Micronesian power outlet with a USB Lightning connector and a Type A USB adapter.

  1. To power the iPad Mini using a Micronesian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the cable is normally supplied with your device by Apple).
  2. Firstly plug the Type A USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the two thin adjacent slots where the live and neutral blades go.
  3. Connect one end of the USB Apple power cable into the USB mains 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 Micronesian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up which typically takes between one to four hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini with a Micronesian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

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

A guide showing how to recharge the iPad Mini from a Micronesian power outlet using a Lightning Apple cable and a three pinned Type B power adapter.

  1. To supply power to the iPad Mini from a Micronesian power outlet you'll need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should normally include this USB cable when you purchase your iPad Mini).
  2. Firstly plug the Type B USB power adapter in the power supply. This plug supply (known as the Type B power outlet [6]) can be recognised by 2 slots next to each other where the twin blades go with a single hole below for the earthed pin.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Mini.
  4. Turn on the Micronesian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad Mini will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Mini is recharging, typically taking roughly 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini with a Micronesian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Micronesian Wikipedia web 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, priced under C$5.
  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, costing 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, under C$5.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated price under C$20.