How to charge the iPad Mini 4 when planning a trip to Tonga

Using a USB Lightning Apple connector and a 3 pinned Type I power charger to recharge the iPad Mini 4 with a Tongan power outlet.

Tongan power outlet

Different region codes and plugs can all be daunting when planning to travel to a different country, especially if you've never visited before. If you are staying in Tonga this page has useful instructions showing how to power the iPad Mini 4 using the standard 240 volt 50Hz Type I power outlet. Most power sockets are different depending on which country you travelling to therefore please read our Wikiconnections world power supplies list where you'll find a full list showing charging devices in different destinations. When you are visiting Tonga from a different region please ensure that the iPad Mini 4 can be used with a 240v supply. If the iPad Mini 4 originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v check your iPad Mini 4 is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged whilst powering it. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 9 or greater on the iPad Mini 4.

Charging the iPad Mini 4 in Tonga

Can you use the iPad Mini 4 in Tonga?

Yes, you can use the iPad Mini 4 in Tonga.

Tonga

What is the best travel charger for the iPad Mini 4 in Tonga?

When you are travelling to multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Tonga is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the plugs over. If your model of iPad Mini 4 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of power chargers, along with support for certain power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other chargers this will also allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple travel chargers for your trip to Tonga or using up additional wall sockets. By only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage and suitable for recharging your iPad Mini 4 at an airport or on a plane. Because of their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers and using just a single plug socket.

We suggest buying this type of versatile travel adapter at an electronics retailer; the multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Tonga

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPad Mini 4, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering 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 converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from America going to Tonga.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for 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 perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Tonga. [6]
What is the best travel charger for the iPad Mini 4 in Tonga?

How to use a Type I power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 4 from a Tongan power outlet

Using a USB Lightning Apple connector and a 3 pinned Type I power charger to recharge the iPad Mini 4 with a Tongan power outlet.

  1. To power the iPad Mini 4 from a Tongan power outlet you will need to buy a Type I USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this cable is normally supplied with the iPad Mini 4).
  2. Firstly insert the Type I USB power adapter into the Tongan power outlet. You can identify this power outlet by the 3 slots for the live, neutral and ground blades.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Lightning charging cable into the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 4. The iPad Mini 4 lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Mini 4.
  4. Turn on the Tongan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up, typically taking roughly 1-4.5 hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type I power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 4 from a Tongan power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Tonga country page on Wikipedia
  2. Apple - iPad Mini 4 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, estimated cost around C$15.
  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 cost 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, estimated cost C$15-C$20.