Charging the iPad Mini 2 when planning a trip to Colombia

Using a Lightning connector with a Type A USB charger to recharge your iPad Mini 2 with a Colombian power outlet and charging the iPad Mini 2 using a Type B USB plug.

Colombian power outlet

Differing combinations of region codes and voltages can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country, especially if you've never been there before. This guide has been written to stop you having to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPad Mini 2 when you're going abroad.When you are planning a holiday to Colombia this page contains useful instructions showing powering the iPad Mini 2 by using their standard Type B or A Colombian 110 volt 60Hz plug outlets. You will discover that power supplies change depending on which region you are in therefore we recommend reading the World power supplies page for a complete list of regions and countries. If the iPad Mini 2 charges slowly or does not power up when you are visiting Colombia from another country check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically devices which come from a country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) may take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check the device is a dual voltage device (you'll find these are usually marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to ensure proper use. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini 2.

Charging the iPad Mini 2 in Colombia

Can you use the iPad Mini 2 in Colombia?

You can use the iPad Mini 2 in Colombia.

What is the best power adapter for the iPad Mini 2 in Colombia?

When travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your iPad Mini 2 the best international travel adapter for Colombia is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two different types of power outlets that Colombians use (B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the included heads. If your iPad Mini 2 supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers, plus additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other travel chargers this will allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy individual power adapters for your Colombian trip or using up additional power sockets. Because you are only needing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage and convenient for recharging your iPad Mini 2 at an airport or on the plane. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend buying this type of versatile power adapter online - the travel charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Colombia

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of counties with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Colombia.
  • 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 the US using type B plugs. This gives practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at 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 suitable for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Colombia.
What is the best power adapter for the iPad Mini 2 in Colombia?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 2 from a Colombian power outlet

Using a Lightning connector with a Type A USB charger to recharge your iPad Mini 2 with a Colombian power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad Mini 2 using the Colombian power outlet you will need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - this USB cable is normally already included with the device by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type A USB power adapter into the Colombian power outlet. The wall outlet (technically called the Type A power outlet [3]) is identified by the 2 thin slots next to each other where the twin pins slide into.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Switch on the Colombian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging which takes between 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 2 from a Colombian power outlet

How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 2 from a Colombian power outlet

A guide showing how to power the iPad Mini 2 from a Colombian power outlet with the USB Lightning Apple cable and a 3 pin Type B power adapter.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad Mini 2 using the Colombian power outlet you will need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - this USB cable is normally already included with the device by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type B USB power adapter into the Colombian power outlet. This plug supply, technically called the Type B power outlet [6], can be recognised by 2 thin slots next to each other for live and neutral blades with a single hole below for the slightly long grounded pin.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB power cord into the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Turn on the Colombian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad Mini 2 screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging, typically taking between 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 2 from a Colombian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colombia - Wikipedia.org web page about Colombia
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1595/en_US/ipad_user_guide.pdf - Official iPad user guide
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeA.htm - Type A power outlet
  4. Type A USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type A mains power outlet
  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
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeB.htm - Type B power outlet
  7. Type B USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type B mains power outlet
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters