Charging the iPad Mini when visiting Palau

Instructions showing you how to recharge your iPad Mini with a Palauan power outlet using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a 2 pin Type A USB charger and how to power the iPad Mini using a 3 pin Type B USB plug.

Palauan power outlet

Complicated combinations of voltages and region codes can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country especially to the first time traveller. This page has been written to stop you having to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPad Mini when staying in Palau.The following guide tells you exactly what you'll need to charge the iPad Mini when you're visiting Palau using the Type B or A Palauan 120 volt 60Hz power outlets. Power sockets differ depending on which country you are visiting therefore please read the World power supplies page for a complete list of regions and countries. If the iPad Mini does not power up or charges slowly when visiting Palau from a different country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Devices which originated from another country which use a higher voltage such as 240 volts either take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check the device is dual voltage (you'll find these are normally indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to ensure proper use. If you plan on taking a trip to a Palauan city like Koror or Airai read the Palau Wiki page [1] for further details. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in Palau

Can you use the iPad Mini in Palau?

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

What is the best power adapter for the iPad Mini in Palau?

When travelling to more than one country or bringing more than just your iPad Mini then the best travel charger for Palau to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Palauans use two different types of power outlets (types B and A) and using a travel adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type A.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts - 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 type of iPad Mini supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times by using one of these USB power adapters, and additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other adapters having a four port adapter will allow you to power more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy multiple power adapters. By only packing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage while travelling. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers using only a single power outlet.

For those travelling to Palau we suggest buying this type of versatile power adapter online; the travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Palau

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPad Mini, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is necessary 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 covering both Palau 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 portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Palau using type B American plug sockets.
  • 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 America using type B plugs. This gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a generous 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 Palau. [8] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for the iPad Mini in Palau?

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

Using a Lightning cable and a 2 pin Type A power adapter to recharge your iPad Mini with a Palauan power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPad Mini from the Palauan power outlet you will need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - this USB cable is normally already included with your iPad Mini.
  2. Start by plugging the Type A USB power adapter into the Palauan power outlet. You can identify this plug supply by the two adjacent slots where the plug outlet blades go.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB 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 Palauan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging, typically taking between 1 - 4 hours to recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini with a Palauan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

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

A guide showing how to power the iPad Mini from a Palauan power outlet with a Lightning connector and a 3 pin Type B power adapter.

  1. To charge the iPad Mini from a Palauan power outlet you'll need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], this USB cable is normally already included with the device.
  2. Insert the Type B USB power adapter into the Palauan power outlet. This power outlet, sometimes known as a Type B power outlet [6], can be recognised by 2 thin slots for live and neutral blades with a single hole below for the earth pin.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB to 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 Palauan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find 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.
Charging the iPad Mini from a Palauan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Palau Wiki 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 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, estimated price 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$20.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced C$15-C$20.