Charging your iPad Mini 4 from a power outlet in Colombia

Using the Apple USB Lightning connector with a double pinned Type A power adapter to power the iPad Mini 4 with a Colombian power outlet and recharging the iPad Mini 4 using a 3 pin Type B power charger.

Colombian power outlet

Varying different region codes and voltages can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never been there before. This page contains instructions demonstrating what you'll need to power your iPad Mini 4 when staying in Colombia using the standard B or A type Colombian 110 volt 60Hz power outlets. If your iPad Mini 4 doesn't power up or recharges slowly when you are travelling to Colombia from another country check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically devices which originate from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts sometimes take longer to charge or won't power up, check that the device is a dual voltage device (you'll find these are usually marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to ensure proper use. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 9 or greater on the iPad Mini 4.

Charging the iPad Mini 4 in Colombia

Can the iPad Mini 4 be used in Colombia?

Yes, you can connect the iPad Mini 4 to a Colombian power outlet by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad Mini 4 in Colombia?

If you are travelling with more than your iPad Mini 4 the best international travel charger for Colombia to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Colombians use two different types of power 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 heads over. If your type of iPad Mini 4 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these USB power chargers, plus additional support for certain power hungry devices.

This means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel adapters for your Colombian trip. By only needing a single USB travel charger will keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage and on hand for recharging your iPad Mini 4 at the airport or on your flight. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used back 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 travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries 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 who only have USB devices such as the iPad Mini 4, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Colombia using type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 recharging the iPad Mini 4 in Colombia?

How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPad Mini 4 from a Colombian power outlet

Using a Lightning cable and a 2 pin Type A USB charger to charge your iPad Mini 4 with a Colombian power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPad Mini 4 from a Colombian power outlet you will need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], typically already included with the device by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type A USB power adapter in the Colombian power outlet. You can identify this plug supply by the 2 thin slots next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  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 4. The iPad Mini 4 lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad Mini 4.
  4. Switch on the Colombian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPad Mini 4 screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up and takes around 60 to 300 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPad Mini 4 from a Colombian power outlet

Powering the iPad Mini 4 with a Colombian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Using the Apple USB Lightning connector with a three pinned Type B power adapter to power the iPad Mini 4 with a Colombian power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPad Mini 4 from the Colombian power outlet you will need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should normally supply the USB cable when you buy your iPad Mini 4).
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type B USB power adapter and inserting it in the Colombian power outlet. This plug supply, sometimes known as a Type B power outlet [6], can be recognised by two 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 USB charging cord into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 4. The iPad Mini 4 lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Mini 4.
  4. Turn on the Colombian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging, typically taking roughly 1 - 4.5 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad Mini 4 with a Colombian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colombia - Wikipedia.org entry about Colombia
  2. https://help.apple.com/ipad/9/ - iPad Mini 4 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