How to charge the iPad Mini from a power outlet in Andorra

Using a USB Lightning Apple connector and a two pinned Type C power adapter to charge the iPad Mini from an Andorran power outlet and powering the iPad Mini using a Type F power adapter.

Andorran power outlet

Varying different combinations of standards and voltages can often cause confusion when planning on visiting a different country especially if you've never been there before. These instructions were specifically written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPad Mini when you're in going to Andorra.These simple instructions will show what you'll need to charge the iPad Mini when visiting Andorra by using their Type F or C Andorran 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, Type F plug outlets will be normally used by most Andorrans. When visiting Andorra from another country please double check your iPad Mini can accept a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v ensure that the device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overheating when powering up. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in Andorra

Can the iPad Mini be used in Andorra?

You can use the iPad Mini in Andorra by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad Mini in Andorra?

When travelling with more than your iPad Mini and visiting multiple countries the best travel power adapter for Andorra to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Andorrans use two different standards of power outlets (F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the plugs over. If your model of iPad Mini is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these power adapters, and support for more power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other chargers having a 4 port adapter means you can power more than one device at the same time without needing to buy seperate power adapters. Because you are only needing to bring a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Because of their space saving versatility these types of adapters can be used back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without needing an additional plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we suggest buying this type of flexible travel adapter at your preferred electronics retailer; the multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Andorra

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, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Andorra and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting Andorra using type B American 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 originating from North America using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Andorra. [8]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad Mini in Andorra?

Powering the iPad Mini with an Andorran power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Using a USB Lightning Apple connector and a two pinned Type C power adapter to charge the iPad Mini from an Andorran power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to your iPad Mini from the Andorran power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the cable is typically included with the iPad Mini by Apple).
  2. Insert the Type C USB power adapter in the Andorran power outlet. You can identify this power outlet by the 2 round holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Apple USB Lightning cord into the bottom of 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. Switch on the Andorran power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad Mini will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes between 60 to 240 minutes to recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad Mini with an Andorran power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from an Andorran power outlet

Using the Apple Lightning connector and a two pinned Schuko Type F power charger to charge the iPad Mini with an Andorran power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPad Mini using an Andorran power outlet you will need to use a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple typically supply this USB cable when you buy the iPad Mini.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type F USB power adapter in the power outlet. The recessed circular wall supply can be identified by the two large round holes 19 mm apart from each other, plus a pair of grounding clips above and below.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Apple Lightning power cord into the mains USB 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. Switch on the Andorran power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad Mini will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up taking between one to four hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from an Andorran power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia web page about Andorra
  2. Apple - official iPad 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, estimated cost around $15.
  6. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  7. Type F USB power adapter - Type F USB chargers are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, priced under $15.
  8. 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.