Charging the iPad Mini when visiting New Zealand

Using a Lightning cable and a 3 pin Type I power adapter to recharge your iPad Mini with a New Zealand power outlet.

New Zealand power outlet

Varying different region codes and voltages can all be daunting when planning on visiting another country for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need to pick up in advance to charge your iPad Mini . When you are staying in New Zealand the following useful instructions show how to charge your iPad Mini by using their standard 230 volt 50Hz I Type New Zealand plug outlet, the New Zealanders will use a special AS/NZS 3112 plug for wall outlets. Power sockets will change depending on which region you are visiting therefore we recommend reading the Oceania page for a complete list of regions and countries. When you are travelling to New Zealand from another country ensure that your iPad Mini can be charged using a 240v supply. If your iPad Mini was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check the device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power converter to stop the device from being damaged when powering up. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in New Zealand

Can you use the iPad Mini in New Zealand?

You can use the iPad Mini in New Zealand by using a power adaptor.

New Zealand

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad Mini in New Zealand?

When travelling with more than just your iPad Mini the best international travel charger for New Zealand to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Because 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 simply by switching the supplied plugs over. If your type of iPad Mini supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times by using one of these USB power adapters and additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other travel adapters having a four port adapter will allow you to power more than one device at once without needing to buy individual power adapters for your New Zealand trip. By only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage while travelling. Because of their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and speakers without using up an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling to New Zealand we suggest searching for an adaptable travel charger of this nature online; the travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for New Zealand

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices using USB, however for those 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 from voltage spikes. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both New Zealand and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting New Zealand.
  • 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 originating from America using type B plugs and gives practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with only 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting New Zealand. [6]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad Mini in New Zealand?

Powering the iPad Mini with a New Zealand power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter

A guide showing how to power the iPad Mini from a New Zealand power outlet using a Lightning Apple cable and a 3 pin Type I power charger.

  1. To power your iPad Mini using the New Zealand power outlet you will need to use a Type I USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the cable is normally already included with the device by Apple).
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type I USB power adapter into the power supply. The wall outlet, sometimes known as the Type I power outlet [3], can be identified by the 3 slots forming an upside-down triangular configuration with the top two slots sloping upwards for the live, neutral and ground blades.
  3. Connect one 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 can be found at the bottom of the iPad Mini.
  4. Turn on the New Zealand power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad Mini screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up and takes around one to four hours to fully recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad Mini with a New Zealand power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org web page about New Zealand
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type I power outlet
  4. Type I USB power adapter - Type I USB chargers use three short flat blades in a V format with the top blade acting as a grounding pin, 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, under C$15.
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, under C$20.