Charging the iPad Mini from a power outlet in Armenia

Using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type C Europlug power adapter to recharge your iPad Mini with an Armenian power outlet and powering the iPad Mini using a Type F Schuko power charger.

Armenian power outlet

Complicated combinations of region codes and plugs can often be daunting when planning to travel to a new country, especially to the first time traveller. This isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need to pick up in advance to charge the iPad Mini . These instructions have been written to stop you having to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPad Mini when staying in Armenia.When you are travelling to Armenia these instructions show charging the iPad Mini by using the types F or C 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets. When travelling to Armenia from a different country please double check the iPad Mini can accept a 240v supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) double check the device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to stop the device from being damaged when powering up. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in Armenia

Can you use the iPad Mini in Armenia?

You can use the iPad Mini in Armenia.

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

If you are travelling with more than your iPad Mini the best international travel charger for Armenia to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Armenians use two different standards of wall outlets (types F and C) and using a travel adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the included heads. If your iPad Mini supports Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of power adapters along with compatibility with more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other travel adapters having a four port adapter will allow you to power more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack multiple power adapters or occupying additional wall sockets. Because you are only packing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand baggage. Because of their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers with just a single power outlet.

We recommend buying a versatile power adapter like this at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Armenia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices using USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Armenia and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international 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 Armenia.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs and offers 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 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 Armenia. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad Mini in Armenia?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from an Armenian power outlet

Using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type C Europlug power adapter to recharge your iPad Mini with an Armenian power outlet.

  1. If you want to power the iPad Mini from an Armenian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (usually included with the device by Apple).
  2. Insert the Type C USB power adapter into the Armenian power outlet. This unearthed plug supply (known as a Type C power outlet [3]) can be recognised by 2 round holes adjacent to each other where the live and neutral pins slide into.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple Lightning cable 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 is found at the bottom of the iPad Mini.
  4. Switch on the Armenian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is charging which typically takes around one to four hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from an Armenian power outlet

Powering the iPad Mini with an Armenian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type F Schuko power adapter to recharge your iPad Mini with an Armenian power outlet.

  1. To power your iPad Mini using the Armenian power outlet you will need to use a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], typically already included with the device by Apple.
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type F USB power adapter into the wall supply. The sunken round plug supply (sometimes known as a Schuko outlet or Type F power outlet [6]) can be recognised by two round holes 19 mm next to each other where the live and neutral pins go and a pair of thin metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple Lightning cable 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 is found at the bottom of the iPad Mini.
  4. Switch on the Armenian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPad Mini screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is charging taking around one to four hours to fully recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad Mini with an Armenian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia web page about Armenia
  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, 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, 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, estimated price between $15 to $20.