Charging the iPad Mini when staying in Tuvalu

Using a Lightning connector with a Type I USB charger to power the iPad Mini with a Tuvaluan power outlet.

Tuvaluan power outlet

Various frequencies and standards can all be daunting when planning on staying in a foreign country, especially for the first time traveller. However this isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of standards used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your iPad Mini . This page was specifically written to prevent you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPad Mini abroad.This page has simple instructions telling you what you'll need to power your iPad Mini when you're travelling to Tuvalu using their standard 220 volt 50Hz Type I plug supply. You will find power supplies vary depending on which country you visiting so please read our Wiki Connections global power supplies guide for a complete list of destinations. When visiting Tuvalu from another country double check the iPad Mini can accept a 240v supply. If the iPad Mini was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v ensure that your device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to prevent the device from overheating whilst powering it up. If you intend on staying at a Tuvaluan city such as Vaiaku refer to the Tuvaluan country entry on wikipedia [1] for more details. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in Tuvalu

Can the iPad Mini be used in Tuvalu?

Yes, you can use the iPad Mini in Tuvalu.

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

When travelling to multiple countries or bringing more than just your iPad Mini the best international travel charger for Tuvalu to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by changing the included plugs over. If your iPad Mini is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these USB travel chargers, along with support for more power demanding devices.

Having a four port adapter will also allow you to power more than one device at the same time without needing to pack individual travel chargers. By only needing a single lightweight travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones and using only a single power outlet.

For those travelling frequently we suggest searching for this type of versatile power charger online. The travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Tuvalu

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Tuvalu and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international 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 Tuvalu.
  • 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 only 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more flexible 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 Tuvalu. [6] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad Mini in Tuvalu?

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

Using a USB Lightning connector and a Type I USB adapter to power the iPad Mini with a Tuvaluan power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPad Mini from the Tuvaluan power outlet you will need to buy a Type I USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple will usually include the cable when you buy the iPad Mini.
  2. Insert the Type I USB power adapter into the wall supply. This plug outlet, sometimes called the Type I power outlet [3], can be identified by the three slots for the live, neutral and earth blades.
  3. Connect one end of the Lightning power cord 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 Tuvaluan 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 Mini is powering up which typically takes between one to four hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type I power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from a Tuvaluan power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Tuvaluan country entry on wikipedia
  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, C$10-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 price under C$20.
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, around C$15.