Charging your iPad Mini from a power outlet in Scotland

How to connect a Scottish power outlet to the iPad Mini

Scottish power outlet

Varying different frequencies and region codes can all lead to confusion when planning on travelling to another country if you've never been there before. These instructions have been written to stop you having to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPad Mini abroad.If planning a trip to Scotland these instructions show charging the iPad Mini using the 230 volt 50Hz G Type Scottish power outlet, with the Scottish using a BS 1363 13 amp plug for wall outlets. If you are travelling to Scotland from a different country please double check your iPad Mini can be charged using a 240v supply. If the iPad Mini was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts make sure that your iPad Mini is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged when charging it. If you intend on staying somewhere such as Edinburgh or Stirling we recommend reading the Scottish Wikipedia page [1] for more details. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in Scotland

Can you use the iPad Mini in Scotland?

You can use the iPad Mini in Scotland.

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

When you are travelling with more than your iPad Mini then the best travel charger for Scotland is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the included plugs over. If your iPad Mini can support Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these USB power adapters, plus additional compatibility with certain power hungry devices. Unlike other travel chargers having a four port adapter means you can recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring seperate travel adapters or occupying additional wall sockets. Because you are only bringing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the overall size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage. 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 overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and e-readers without needing an additional plug socket.

If you travel to Scotland we recommend buying a versatile power adapter 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 different countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Scotland

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 those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 Scotland.
  • 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 the US using type B plugs. This gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a 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 perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Scotland. [6] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPad Mini in Scotland?

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

Using a USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type G power adapter to power the iPad Mini with a Scottish power outlet.

  1. If you want to power the iPad Mini from a Scottish power outlet you will need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], typically already included with the iPad Mini.
  2. Start by inserting the Type G USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can identify the power supply by the 3 vertical holes with plastic shutters forming a triangle pattern for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Apple Lightning power 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 can be found at the bottom of the iPad Mini.
  4. Switch on the Scottish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging, typically taking roughly one to four hours to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from a Scottish power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Scottish Wikipedia page
  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, around $15.
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated cost between $15 to $20.