Charging the iPad Mini from a power outlet in Ecuador

The Wiki Connections page showing how to charge your iPad Mini with an Ecuadorian power outlet using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type A USB charger and how to power the iPad Mini using a 3 pin Type B USB plug.

Ecuadorian power outlet

Varying complicated region codes and voltages can all be daunting when planning on visiting another country for the first time traveller. These instructions have been specifically written to stop people worrying if they'll be able to charge their iPad Mini when staying in Ecuador.When you are travelling to Ecuador these instructions show how to supply power to the iPad Mini by using their standard B or A type Ecuadorian 120 volt 60Hz plug outlets. Power sockets will vary depending on which country you are travelling to so we recommend reading the power supplies list for a complete list of regions and countries. If the iPad Mini charges slowly or does not power up when you are visiting Ecuador from another region please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Electrical devices which originated from another 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 (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.

Charging the iPad Mini in Ecuador

Can the iPad Mini be used in Ecuador?

Yes, you can connect the iPad Mini to an Ecuadorian power outlet.

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

When you are travelling to more than one country or bringing more than just your iPad Mini then the best travel charger for Ecuador to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Ecuadorians use two different standards of wall outlets (types B and A) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type A. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by changing the heads. If your model of iPad Mini is compatible with Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers, and compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

Unlike other adapters this will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power adapters. Only needing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage while travelling. Because of their versatility these types of travel chargers can be used back at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible travel charger at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Ecuador

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, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Ecuador 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 converter for travellers originating from North America visiting Ecuador.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise 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 offers the same set of features as the BESTEK with 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 Ecuador.
What is the best power adapter for the iPad Mini in Ecuador?

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

Using a USB Lightning Apple cable and a 2 pin Type A power adapter to recharge your iPad Mini with an Ecuadorian power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad Mini using the Ecuadorian 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 normally already supplied with your iPad Mini.
  2. Start by plugging the Type A USB power adapter into the Ecuadorian power outlet. The wall outlet, sometimes known as the Type A power outlet [3], can be recognised by 2 thin adjacent slots for live and neutral pins.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Apple USB charging cord into 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 Ecuadorian 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 iPad is recharging, typically taking between one-four hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPad Mini from an Ecuadorian power outlet

How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from an Ecuadorian power outlet

The WikiConnections page showing how to charge your iPad Mini with an Ecuadorian power outlet using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type B USB charger.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad Mini using the Ecuadorian power outlet you'll need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - this USB cable is typically supplied with your iPad Mini.
  2. Insert the Type B USB power adapter in the Ecuadorian power outlet. You can recognise this plug supply by the two slots next to each other for live and neutral blades with a semicircle hole below for the long grounded pin.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB Lightning power cable into the bottom of the USB 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 Ecuadorian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad Mini screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up and takes around one to four hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from an Ecuadorian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecuador - Ecuador Wikipedia page
  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