Charging your iPad Mini from a power outlet in Nicaragua

Instructions on how to power the iPad Mini from a Nicaraguan power outlet by using a USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type A USB charger and how to power the iPad Mini using a Type B USB plug.

Nicaraguan power outlet

Varying different frequencies and standards can often be confusing when planning on visiting a foreign 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 your iPad Mini . This guide has been written to prevent travellers worrying if they'll be able to power their iPad Mini abroad.These step by step instructions shows how to supply power to the iPad Mini when visiting Nicaragua using the Type B or A Nicaraguan 120 volt 60Hz power outlets. Most power will differ depending on which region you are visiting so we recommend reading the power supplies and North America page for a full list of countries. If the iPad Mini charges slowly or does not power up when you are travelling to Nicaragua from a different region then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Devices which originated from a different country which use a higher voltage (for example 220 volts) may take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check your iPad Mini is dual-voltage (usually marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to ensure proper use. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in Nicaragua

Can you use the iPad Mini in Nicaragua?

You can use the iPad Mini in Nicaragua.

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What is the best power adapter for the iPad Mini in Nicaragua?

When travelling to more than one country and bringing along more than your iPad Mini the best international travel adapter for Nicaragua is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Nicaraguans use two different standards of wall outlets (types B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A.

Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the plugs over. If your type of iPad Mini supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these travel chargers, and compatibility with certain power hungry devices. Unlike other travel chargers having a 4 port adapter will allow you to power more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack multiple power adapters or occupying additional power sockets. Because you are only bringing a single international travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage while travelling as well as being convenient for recharging your iPad Mini at an airport or on the flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers using just a single power outlet.

We recommend buying a versatile power charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer - the travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Nicaragua

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, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Nicaragua and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 Nicaragua.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more flexible 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Nicaragua. [8]
What is the best power adapter for the iPad Mini in Nicaragua?

Powering the iPad Mini with a Nicaraguan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Instructions on how to power the iPad Mini from a Nicaraguan power outlet by using a USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type A USB charger.

  1. To power the iPad Mini using the Nicaraguan power outlet you will need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - this USB cable is typically supplied with your iPad Mini by Apple.
  2. Start by plugging the Type A USB power adapter into the wall supply. The wall outlet (known as a Type A power outlet [3]) is identified by the 2 thin slots next to each other where the twin pins sit.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into 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. Turn on the Nicaraguan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is charging, typically taking between 1 to 4 hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad Mini with a Nicaraguan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Powering the iPad Mini with a Nicaraguan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Using an Apple USB Lightning connector with a three pinned Type B power adapter to power the iPad Mini with a Nicaraguan power outlet.

  1. To charge your iPad Mini using the Nicaraguan power outlet you will need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will usually include this USB cable with the iPad Mini.
  2. Start by inserting the Type B USB power adapter into the wall supply. The power supply (sometimes called the Type B power outlet [6]) is recognised by 2 slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral blades with a hole below for the earth pin.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Apple charging 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 Nicaraguan 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 iPad is powering up and takes around 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini with a Nicaraguan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia.org entry about Nicaragua
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type A power outlet
  4. Type A USB power adapter - An unearthed Type A USB charger has 2 parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes near the tip of each blade, priced 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, between $15 to $20.
  6. iec.ch - Type B power outlet
  7. Type B USB power adapter - 3 pinned Type B USB chargers have a single unearthed round pin along with 2 shorter parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes in the end of each blade, costs around $10.
  8. 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.