How to charge your iPad Mini 2 from a power outlet in Canada

How to connect a Canadian power outlet to the iPad Mini 2

Canadian power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of region codes and plugs can often be confusing when planning to stay in another country, especially for the first time traveller. These instructions were written to stop visitors worrying if they can power the iPad Mini 2 abroad.When travelling to Canada this page has useful instructions showing you how to charge your iPad Mini 2 using their 120 volt 60Hz A Type plug outlet, with the Canadians using a NEMA 1-15 P ungrounded plug for charging. If the iPad Mini 2 slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when you are visiting Canada from a different country check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Electrical devices which originate from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts may take longer to charge or won't power up, so check that your device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to ensure proper use. If you intend on staying somewhere like Toronto we also suggest referring to the Canadian Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth details prior to travelling to the area. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini 2.

Charging the iPad Mini 2 in Canada

Can you use the iPad Mini 2 in Canada?

Yes, you can use the iPad Mini 2 in Canada.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad Mini 2 in Canada?

When you are travelling with more than your iPad Mini 2 then the best international travel power adapter for Canada to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the included heads over. If your model of iPad Mini 2 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these types of USB travel adapters, along with additional support for certain power demanding devices. Unlike other chargers this means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to pack individual travel adapters on your trip to Canada. Because you are only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage as well as being on hand for charging your iPad Mini 2 at an airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers with only a single wall outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend searching for this type of flexible power charger online, the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Canada

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPad Mini 2, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Canada using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half the 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Canada.
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad Mini 2 in Canada?

How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPad Mini 2 from a Canadian power outlet

Learn how to power your iPad Mini 2 from a Canadian power outlet with a USB Lightning cable with a Type A power charger.

  1. If you want to charge the iPad Mini 2 from the Canadian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should usually supply this cable with your iPad Mini 2).
  2. Plug in the Type A USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This power outlet (technically known as a Type A power outlet [3]) can be identified by two thin slots adjacent to each other.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Turn on the Canadian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 2 is recharging and takes between 1-4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPad Mini 2 from a Canadian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canada - Canadian Wikipedia page
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1595/en_US/ipad_user_guide.pdf - Official iPad user guide
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeA.htm - Type A power outlet
  4. Type A USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type A mains power outlet
  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
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters