Charging your iPad Mini 4 from a power outlet in Belgium

Using the Apple USB Lightning connector with a 2 pin Europlug Type C power adapter to power the iPad Mini 4 with a Belgian power outlet and how to charge the iPad Mini 4 using a Type E USB plug.

Belgian power outlet

If you are organizing a trip it's helpful to know in advance if you'll be able to charge your important electronics such as mobile phones or tablets when you get there. However, by not knowing which wall socket is being used in Belgium you are more likely to bring the wrong power charger, meaning needing to buy or borrow a suitable adaptor when you need to recharge which might be incompatible. Various combinations of region codes and voltages can all be confusing when planning on staying in another country, especially if you've never been there before. This page was written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPad Mini 4 abroad.The following step by step instructions shows how to supply power to your iPad Mini 4 when travelling to Belgium by using their standard E or C type 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, a majority of Belgians will use the Type E plugs in their wall outlets. You'll find power supplies will vary depending on which area you are travelling to so please read the Europe and power supplies page for a complete list of regions and countries. When you are visiting Belgium from another country make sure that the iPad Mini 4 can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure the device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to stop the device from being damaged whilst powering it up. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 9 or greater on the iPad Mini 4.

Charging the iPad Mini 4 in Belgium

Can the iPad Mini 4 be used in Belgium?

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

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

If travelling to more than one country or bringing more than your iPad Mini 4 then the best travel adapter for Belgium is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Belgians use two different standards of wall outlets (types E and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the supplied plugs. If your iPad Mini 4 can support Fast Charge (note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these USB power adapters, plus additional support for certain power hungry devices.

This will allow you to power more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack multiple power chargers or using up additional power sockets. By only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage. Because of their flexibility these types of power adapters can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones using only a single power outlet.

We recommend buying a versatile power charger of this nature online; the power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Belgium

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Belgium and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 portable option for travellers originating from America going to Belgium.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs. This is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Belgium. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad Mini 4 in Belgium?

Charging the iPad Mini 4 from a Belgian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Using the Apple USB Lightning connector with a 2 pin Europlug Type C power adapter to power the iPad Mini 4 with a Belgian power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPad Mini 4 from the Belgian power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the USB cable is normally already supplied with your iPad Mini 4).
  2. Start by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the power supply. This ungrounded power outlet is recognised by 2 round adjacent holes where the live and neutral pins go.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Apple power cable into the bottom of the power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 4. The iPad Mini 4 lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Mini 4.
  4. Switch on the Belgian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 4 is charging which should take between 1 to 4.5 hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPad Mini 4 from a Belgian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 4 from a Belgian power outlet

A page showing how to charge the iPad Mini 4 from a Belgian power outlet with a Lightning Apple cable and a Type E USB charger.

  1. In order to power the iPad Mini 4 from a Belgian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], this USB cable is normally supplied with your iPad Mini 4 by Apple.
  2. Firstly plug in the Type E USB power adapter in the Belgian power outlet. You can identify the wall supply by the two large round holes 19mm apart from each other plus one metal earth pin protruding from the top to form a triangle shape.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Apple charging cord into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 4. The iPad Mini 4 lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad Mini 4.
  4. Switch on the Belgian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPad Mini 4 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 4 is powering up taking roughly one-five and a half hours to recharge.
How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 4 from a Belgian power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia.org web page about Belgium
  2. Apple - iPad Mini 4 user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, 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 E power outlet
  7. Type E USB power adapter - There are two 4.8mm pins on Type E USB chargers which are placed 19mm apart and may include a hole for an earthing pin, priced between $10 to $15.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costs around $15.