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

A guide on how to power the iPad Mini with an Austrian power outlet with a USB Lightning Apple connector and a 2 pinned Type C power adapter and charging the iPad Mini using a Schuko Type F USB adapter.

Austrian power outlet

Various standards and plugs can all be confusing when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never visited before. These instructions have been written to prevent you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPad Mini abroad.The following step-by-step guide will show you how to power the iPad Mini when you're in Austria by using their F or C type Austrian 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, most Austrians will typically use the Type F sockets in their plug outlets. When you are visiting Austria from another region please make sure your iPad Mini can be used with a 240v supply. If the iPad Mini came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check your iPad Mini is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged whilst powering it. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in Austria

Can you use the iPad Mini in Austria?

Yes, you can use the iPad Mini in Austria by using a power convertor.

Austria

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad Mini in Austria?

When you are travelling with more than your iPad Mini and visiting more than one country then the best travel charger for Austria to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Austrians use two different types of plug sockets (types F and C) and using a power charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C.

As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by switching the plugs over. If your iPad Mini is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of power chargers, along with additional support for certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port charger will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple travel adapters for your Austrian trip. Only packing a single travel charger will keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage whilst travelling. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets without using up an additional power outlet.

We recommend searching for a multipurpose travel adapter like this at an electronics retailer, the power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Austria

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, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from America going to Austria.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Austria. [8]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad Mini in Austria?

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad Mini from an Austrian power outlet

A guide on how to power the iPad Mini with an Austrian power outlet with a USB Lightning Apple connector and a 2 pinned Type C power adapter.

  1. To supply power to your iPad Mini from the Austrian power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will usually supply this USB cable when you purchase the iPad Mini.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter in the power supply. This power outlet can be recognised by the 2 adjacent holes.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Mini.
  4. Switch on the Austrian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad Mini screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes between one to four hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad Mini from an Austrian power outlet

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

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

  1. In order to power the iPad Mini using an Austrian power outlet you'll need to use a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will usually supply the USB cable when you purchase the iPad Mini).
  2. Firstly plug the Type F USB power adapter into the Austrian power outlet. You can recognise the power supply by two large circular adjacent holes for live and neutral and two thin metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple USB cable into the bottom of the mains power 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 Austrian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad Mini will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up which typically takes between 1-4 hours to recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini with an Austrian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org entry about Austria
  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, estimated cost 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, estimated cost between $15 to $20.
  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, under $20.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costing around $15.