How to charge the iPad Mini 2 when staying in Scotland

Using a USB Lightning cable with a 3 pinned Type G USB charger to recharge your iPad Mini 2 from a Scottish power outlet.

Scottish power outlet

Complicated voltages and sockets can all cause confusion when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of common standards used in the world this guide shows exactly what to pick up in advance to charge your iPad Mini 2 in Scotland. This page has been specifically written to stop you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPad Mini 2 when you are travelling abroad.If you are going to travel to Scotland the following instructions show powering your iPad Mini 2 using their 230 volt 50Hz G Type power outlet, the Scottish will use BS 1363 13 amp plugs for power outlets. When you are visiting Scotland from a different country double check your iPad Mini 2 can accept a 240v supply. If the iPad Mini 2 originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure that the iPad Mini 2 is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to avoid the device from over-heating whilst powering it up. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini 2.

Charging the iPad Mini 2 in Scotland

Can the iPad Mini 2 be used in Scotland?

You can connect the iPad Mini 2 to a Scottish power outlet by using a power convertor.

What is the best power charger for the iPad Mini 2 in Scotland?

If you are travelling with more than just your iPad Mini 2 or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Scotland is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by changing the supplied heads over. If your model of iPad Mini 2 supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these power chargers, and additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port charger means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate power chargers for your trip or occupying additional power outlets. By only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will keep the overall size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage as well as being on hand for charging your iPad Mini 2 at an airport or on the flight. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers with only a single wall outlet.

For those travelling regularly we recommend searching for this type of versatile travel adapter online. The power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Scotland

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPad Mini 2, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of regions with unstable power grids. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering 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 compact option for travellers originating from North America going to Scotland.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs and is a more cost effective alternative to 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 a more generous 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Scotland. [6] [AD]
What is the best power charger for the iPad Mini 2 in Scotland?

Charging the iPad Mini 2 from a Scottish power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

A guide showing you how to charge the iPad Mini 2 with a Scottish power outlet by using the Lightning Apple connector and a Type G power charger.

  1. If you want to charge the iPad Mini 2 from the Scottish power outlet you'll need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple should usually supply this cable with your iPad Mini 2.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type G USB power adapter in the Scottish power outlet. This power supply (called a Type G power outlet [3]) looks like three vertical rectangular holes containing plastic shutters forming a triangular shape.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Turn on the Scottish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad Mini 2 will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 2 is recharging and takes between one-four hours to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPad Mini 2 from a Scottish power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

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, costs under $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, costing between $15 to $20.
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced between $15 to $20.