How to charge the iPad Mini 4 from a power outlet in Canada

The Wiki Connections guide on how to power the iPad Mini 4 with a Canadian power outlet by using an Apple Lightning connector and a double pinned Type A USB adapter.

Canadian power outlet

Various voltages and standards can all cause confusion when planning to stay in a different country especially for the first time traveller. When staying in Canada this page contains instructions showing powering your iPad Mini 4 using the standard 120 volt 60Hz Type A power outlet, the Canadians will use a NEMA 1-15 P ungrounded plug for charging. You will discover power sockets change from country to country therefore please read the Wiki Connections travel power sockets list for a full list of powering devices in different regions. If the iPad Mini 4 slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when you are visiting Canada from a different region then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically devices which originate from a different country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) sometimes take longer to charge or won't power up, so check that the device is dual-voltage (you'll find these are usually marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to ensure proper use. If you plan on taking a trip to tourist destinations such as Toronto please refer to the Canadian entry on wikipedia.org [1] for more details prior to the location. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 9 or greater on the iPad Mini 4.

Charging the iPad Mini 4 in Canada

Can you use the iPad Mini 4 in Canada?

Yes, you can use the iPad Mini 4 in Canada by using a power convertor.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPad Mini 4 in Canada?

If travelling with more than your iPad Mini 4 or visiting multiple countries the best travel charger for Canada to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by changing the supplied heads. If your iPad Mini 4 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these power adapters, along with support for certain power demanding devices like tablets.

This means you can recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to buy seperate power adapters or using up additional wall outlets. By only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without needing an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling often we recommend searching for a flexible travel adapter like this at an electronics retailer, the multipurpose power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous 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 wanting to charge devices via USB, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Canada and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power adapter for travellers originating from America visiting Canada using 3 pinned type B US 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 North America using type B plugs and gives the same set of features as the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Canada.
What is the best travel adapter for the iPad Mini 4 in Canada?

Powering the iPad Mini 4 with a Canadian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

The Wiki Connections guide on how to power the iPad Mini 4 with a Canadian power outlet by using an Apple Lightning connector and a double pinned Type A USB adapter.

  1. In order to power the iPad Mini 4 using the Canadian power outlet you'll need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (normally already supplied with the device).
  2. Begin by taking the Type A USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. You can recognise the plug outlet by 2 thin slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 4. The iPad Mini 4 lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad Mini 4.
  4. Switch on the Canadian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad Mini 4 will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up, typically taking roughly 1-4.5 hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini 4 with a Canadian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canada - Canadian entry on wikipedia.org
  2. https://help.apple.com/ipad/9/ - iPad Mini 4 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