Charging your iPad Mini from a power outlet in Iraq

A step by step guide showing how to power the iPad Mini from an Iraqi power outlet using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type C Europlug power charger, recharging the iPad Mini using a 3 pin Type G power plug and charging the iPad Mini using a three pinned Type D power adapter

Iraqi power outlet

Differing combinations of region codes and plugs can often lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country for the first time traveller. If staying in Iraq the following useful instructions show how to power your iPad Mini by using their standard Type G, C or D 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets. If you are visiting Iraq from another country make sure that the iPad Mini can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure your device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to avoid the device from being damaged when charging it. If you intend to visit a destination such as Baghdad please refer to the Wikipedia page about Iraq [1] for more indepth information. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in Iraq

Can the iPad Mini be used in Iraq?

Yes, you can connect the iPad Mini to an Iraqi power outlet by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPad Mini in Iraq?

When travelling to more than one country or bringing along more than your iPad Mini the best international travel adapter for Iraq is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Iraqis use three different standards of wall outlets (types G, C and D) and using a travel adapter like this ensures that you are covered for both types C and G.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the heads over. If your type of iPad Mini is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times by using one of these USB travel chargers, plus compatibility with certain power hungry devices. This will allow you to power more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack multiple power adapters or occupying additional power sockets. Because you are only bringing a single international travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand luggage while travelling as well as being convenient for recharging your iPad Mini at an airport or on a flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones, tablets and speakers using only a single power outlet.

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

Alternative travel adapter for Iraq

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPad Mini, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable power supplies. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Iraq 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 portable option for travellers originating from America going to Iraq.
  • 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 offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Iraq. [10] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPad Mini in Iraq?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from an Iraqi power outlet

Using the USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type G power adapter to power the iPad Mini from an Iraqi power outlet.

  1. In order to power your iPad Mini from an Iraqi power outlet you'll need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (usually included with the device by Apple).
  2. Firstly plug the Type G USB power adapter in the Iraqi power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the three vertical holes containing plastic shutters in a triangular configuration.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Apple USB charging cord into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Mini.
  4. Switch on the Iraqi power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is charging taking around 60-240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from an Iraqi power outlet

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad Mini from an Iraqi power outlet

A step by step guide showing how to power the iPad Mini from an Iraqi power outlet using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type C Europlug power charger.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad Mini using an Iraqi power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - usually supplied with the device by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter in the Iraqi power outlet. The power supply (known as a Type C power outlet [6]) can be recognised by two adjacent holes where the live and neutral pins go.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Mini.
  4. Turn on the Iraqi power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging which should take roughly one to four hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad Mini from an Iraqi power outlet

Powering the iPad Mini with an Iraqi power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

A step by step guide showing how to power the iPad Mini from an Iraqi power outlet using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type D USB charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad Mini using the Iraqi power outlet you'll need a Type D USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - usually supplied with your device by Apple.
  2. Start by plugging the Type D USB power adapter into the Iraqi power outlet. You can identify the wall outlet by three holes forming a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the mains USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad Mini.
  4. Turn on the Iraqi power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging, typically taking between 1 - 4 hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad Mini with an Iraqi power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia page about Iraq
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - A Type G USB charger has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin, between $10 to $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, between $15 to $20.
  6. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  7. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, costing between $10 to $15.
  8. iec.ch - Type D power outlet
  9. Type D USB power adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D USB chargers have large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, estimated price under $15.
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced around $15.