Charging your iPad Mini 4 from a power outlet in Australia

A guide on how to charge your iPad Mini 4 with an Australian power outlet with the Apple Lightning cable and a Type I USB charger.

Australian power outlet

Varying different voltages and sockets can often be daunting when planning to visit a new country especially for the first time traveller. These instructions have been written to prevent visitors worrying if they'll be able to charge the iPad Mini 4 when staying abroad.If planning a trip to Australia these instructions show powering the iPad Mini 4 by using the 230 volt 50Hz Type I plug supply. Most power will differ depending on which region you are visiting so please read the power supplies and Oceania page for a full list of countries. When visiting Australia from another region ensure that your iPad Mini 4 can accept a 240 volt supply. If your iPad Mini 4 came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure that your device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to stop the device from being damaged when charging it. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 9 or greater on the iPad Mini 4.

Charging the iPad Mini 4 in Australia

Can the iPad Mini 4 be used in Australia?

Yes, you can connect the iPad Mini 4 to an Australian power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

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

When travelling with more than just your iPad Mini 4 or visiting more than one country the best international travel charger for Australia to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger.

Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by switching the supplied plugs over. If your iPad Mini 4 can support Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times with one of these types of USB power adapters and additional support for more power demanding devices.

This will also allow you to power more than one device at once without needing to buy multiple power adapters or occupying additional power sockets. Only bringing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage. Because of their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple phones and tablets without needing an additional wall outlet.

We recommend buying a versatile power adapter like this at your preferred electronics retailer - the travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Australia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices using USB, however for visitors 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 regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Australia 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 most popular portable power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Australia.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs and is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Australia. [6] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for the iPad Mini 4 in Australia?

Powering the iPad Mini 4 with an Australian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter

Instructions showing how to charge your iPad Mini 4 with an Australian power outlet with the Apple Lightning connector and a 3 pin Type I USB charger.

  1. If you want to power the iPad Mini 4 using the Australian power outlet you'll need a Type I USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (usually supplied with your device by Apple).
  2. Start by inserting the Type I USB power adapter into the Australian power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the three thin slots in a triangle shape with the top pair of slots sloping upward for the live, neutral and ground blades. Please note that the live and neutral blades are reversed compared to Argentinian power outlets, please check that your Type I power adaptor is compatible with an Australian power outlet.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 4. The iPad Mini 4 lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Mini 4.
  4. Switch on the Australian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the iPad Mini 4 screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up and takes around 60 to 300 minutes to completely recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini 4 with an Australian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Australian Wikipedia page
  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, 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, priced at 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, costing under C$20.