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

A page on how to recharge the iPad Mini with a Tobagonian power outlet by using the Lightning Apple cable with a 2 pinned Type A power charger and how to recharge the iPad Mini using a three pinned Type B USB adapter.

Tobagonian power outlet

Various voltages and standards can often be confusing when planning to travel to another country, especially for the first time traveller. If you're visiting Tobago these useful instructions show powering your iPad Mini using their standard types B or A Tobagonian 115 volt 60Hz wall outlets, a majority of Tobagonians use Type B wall outlets. If the iPad Mini slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when you are visiting Tobago from a different country please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally devices which originated from a country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts may take longer to charge or won't power up, check your device is dual voltage (usually marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to ensure proper use. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in Tobago

Can the iPad Mini be used in Tobago?

You can connect the iPad Mini to a Tobagonian power outlet.

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

When you are travelling with more than just your iPad Mini then the best travel charger for Tobago is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Tobagonians use two different types of plug sockets (B and A) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the plugs over. If your model of iPad Mini can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB power chargers plus support for more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel chargers having a four port charger will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate power adapters on your trip to Tobago. Because you are only needing to bring a single international USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage whilst travelling. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers without needing an additional power outlet.

We suggest buying a versatile travel adapter like this at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below 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 Tobago

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Tobago and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power adapter for travellers originating from America visiting Tobago using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs and gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half 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 suitable for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Tobago. [8]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad Mini in Tobago?

How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPad Mini from a Tobagonian power outlet

A page on how to recharge the iPad Mini with a Tobagonian power outlet by using the Lightning Apple cable with a 2 pinned Type A power charger.

  1. To supply power to the iPad Mini using the Tobagonian power outlet you'll need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (normally included with your device by Apple).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type A USB power adapter in the Tobagonian power outlet. You can recognise this wall supply by two thin adjacent slots where the live and neutral plug outlet pins go.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB Apple cord into the USB adapter 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 Tobagonian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging and takes between 1-4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPad Mini from a Tobagonian power outlet

Charging the iPad Mini from a Tobagonian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Using a Lightning Apple connector and a three pinned Type B USB adapter to charge the iPad Mini from a Tobagonian power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad Mini using a Tobagonian power outlet you'll need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will typically supply this cable with your iPad Mini.
  2. Plug the Type B USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can recognise the power supply by 2 slots next to each other where the short live and neutral plug outlet blades slide into with a single hole below for the grounded pin.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB power charger 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. Turn on the Tobagonian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad Mini will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is charging, typically taking around 60-240 minutes to recharge.
Charging the iPad Mini from a Tobagonian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Tobagonian Wikipedia page
  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, estimated price 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, costs 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 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, priced around $15.