How to charge the iPad Mini 4 in Scotland

How to connect a Scottish power outlet to the iPad Mini 4

Scottish power outlet

If you are packing for a vacation it can be useful to know in advance if you can power your essential gadgets when you arrive. However without knowing which power socket is used in Scotland you are likely to bring the wrong power adaptor, thereby leaving you needing to borrow a potentially overpriced power adaptor on arrival. Varying different combinations of standards and plugs can often be confusing when planning to travel to a different country to the first time traveller. This guide was specifically written to stop you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPad Mini 4 when you are travelling abroad.This page has instructions showing exactly how to power the iPad Mini 4 when visiting Scotland by using the standard 230 volt 50Hz Type G Scottish wall outlet, with the Scottish using a BS 1363 13 amp plug for power outlets. When you are visiting Scotland from a different country double check your iPad Mini 4 can accept a 240 volt supply. If the iPad Mini 4 originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure that the iPad Mini 4 is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to avoid the device from overheating when charging it. If you plan to stay somewhere like Edinburgh or Glasgow we suggest referring to the Scottish page on wikipedia.org [1] for more indepth details prior to travelling to the area. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 9 or greater on the iPad Mini 4.

Charging the iPad Mini 4 in Scotland

Can the iPad Mini 4 be used in Scotland?

Yes, you can use the iPad Mini 4 in Scotland.

What is the best power charger for the iPad Mini 4 in Scotland?

If travelling with more than your iPad Mini 4 and 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 can handle from 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 included plugs. If your iPad Mini 4 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, and additional support for certain power demanding devices. Unlike other chargers having a four port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring individual travel chargers. Only needing to bring a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage. 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 overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers without needing an additional power outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend searching for a multipurpose power charger similar to this at an electronics retailer. The travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world 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 wanting to charge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Scotland 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 best selling compact option for travellers originating from North America going to Scotland using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • 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 4 in Scotland?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 4 from a Scottish power outlet

A page on how to power your iPad Mini 4 from a Scottish power outlet by using a USB Lightning cable with a Type G power charger.

  1. To supply power to the iPad Mini 4 using a Scottish power outlet you will need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple should typically supply the USB cable with your iPad Mini 4.
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type G USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify this wall supply by 3 slots containing plastic shutters forming a triangular pattern for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple cord into the mains USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 4. The iPad Mini 4 lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Mini 4.
  4. Turn on the Scottish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPad Mini 4 will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 4 is recharging and takes between one-five and a half hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 4 from a Scottish power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Scottish page on wikipedia.org
  2. Apple - iPad Mini 4 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, estimated cost 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, estimated cost 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, between $15 to $20.