Guide to Buying a Refurbished iPad Mini - WeSellTek

What is a refurbished iPad mini?

For a second hand iPad mini to be classed as ‘refurbished’, it has to go through a refurbishment process to restore the device to factory condition. A refurbished iPad mini is not the same as a used iPad mini, as not all used devices require a refurbishment process before being sold.

Where can I buy a iPad mini?

You can buy an iPad mini from an accredited online retailer. Reputable sellers will offer a warranty with the device and will have several makes and models to choose from. You can easily search for your preferred make and model online and find an array of options.

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How much do iPad minis cost?

You can typically expect to pay between £200 and £400 for a refurbished second hand iPad mini. The price of a iPad mini will depend on the model you’re after, and the condition of the device. iPad minis that support 4G will be more expensive than wifi-only models. At WeSellTek, our refurbished iPad minis start at £199 and can cost up to £399.

How many different types of iPad minis are there?

There are currently 5 iPad mini models. The first iPad mini was released in 2013, and the most recent version, the iPad mini 5, was released in 2019. The iPad mini 1st generation, 2nd generation and 3rd generation have been discontinued by Apple, the latter in 2015. However, you can still find refurbished iPad minis of earlier generations if you look hard enough! It’s worth noting, that the iPad mini 4 and 5 offer the latest software and hardware, so if you’re looking for the most up to date technology and reliability, you are much safer buying an iPad mini 4 or iPad mini 5.

All iPad minis offer the same basic specs; a 7.9-inch multi-touch screen with a multi-touch display, LED backlighting and fingerprint/scratch-resistant coating. All iPad minis offer 720mp facetime capabilities, bar the iPad mini 5 which supports 1080mp display.

Are iPad minis worth buying?

Yes! iPad mini's are perfect for those on a budget who are looking for the look and the feel of a brand new iPad mini for a cheaper price. Preowned iPad mini's go through an extensive testing process, and you can find refurbished devices in fair condition to pristine condition, so whatever your budget, you can find a model that suits your needs. What’s more, unlike used or second-hand iPad minis, you won’t have to worry about poor battery life, previous user data, and faulty hardware. All of these elements will have been removed before the iPad is sold.

Why buy a refurbished iPad mini?

  • It’s cheaper than buying brand new
Preowned iPad mini's will always be far cheaper than buying a brand new model. Since the device has had a previous owner, prices are incredibly reduced compared to buying a device out of the box.
  • The iPad mini has been restored to perfect working condition.
Although some models may have some external signs of wear and tear, the internal software is put through a meticulous and rigorous 70 point diagnostics check, meaning there will be no faults with the device when you come to purchase. All pre-owned iPad mini models have been restored to factory condition. This means that any internal faults are found and fixed long before the device is on the market.

  • You can easily find the exact make and model you’d like.
Sometimes it can be difficult to find the exact make and model of iPad mini, as they are either too expensive or discontinued on the Apple store. If this is the case, then you will either have to fork out for a newer model or forget the idea altogether.
  • You can find price brackets that suit any budget
Depending on the budget you have, you can find a suitable refurbished iPad mini model that meets your needs without breaking the bank.
  • Any faulty software has been replaced
With used devices, you can be reassured there will be no faults in the device. Second-hand iPad mini's are not tested or checked before they are resold, meaning that there could be a fault in the software.
  • You can buy a iPad mini with a warranty
All iPad mini's come with a warranty, which protects you from any faults found with the software during use. WeSellTek’s refurbished devices come with a 12-month warranty as standard.

Do iPad minis come in original packaging?

You may not be able to find the original packaging when you buy a used iPad, but most iPad mini's should come with a brand new white box as well as charging accessories. Check with your iPad retailer for details, as it will vary between different online retailers.



Do iPads mini's have a warranty?

Yes, iPas mini's should come with a warranty as standard. A warranty will ensure the iPad is covered should you find any faults or issues with the software once you have purchased the device. A warranty will cover the cost for any fixes during the first 12 months and is a key feature of a refurbished iPad mini from a reputable retailer.

Do refurbished iPad minis come with new batteries?

All second hand devices will have a battery replaced if the performance of the battery falls below a certain percentage. At WeSellTek, our extensive refurbishment process includes a battery check and replacement if the battery performance is below 80% original capacity, meaning your refurbished iPad mini battery will be in perfect working order once you have purchased it.


Do iPad mini's have wireless charging?

The only Apple devices that support wireless charging are the newest iPhone models with glass-backed outer shells. No iPads support wireless charging, including iPad minis.


Do iPad mini's come with headphones?

Some online retailers will offer headphones with a refurbished device, however, this may be an additional extra. Check with various suppliers about what is included. Your refurbished second hand iPad mini should be sold in a box with the appropriate charging cables as standard. All refurbished devices at WeSellTek are sold with new boxes and charging accessories.

Tips for buying a iPad mini

Research the models
Buy from a reputable online retailer
Check which accessories come with the refurbished iPad Ensure your refurbished iPad mini comes with a warranty


iPad Mini 4 specs

  • Bluetooth 4.2 technology

  • 7.9-inch Retina display

  • 8-megapixel iSight camera

  • FaceTime HD camera

  • 1080p HD video recording

  • A8 chip with 64-bit architecture

  • M8 motion coprocessor

  • 10-hour battery life

  • Multi-Touch screen

  • 304 grams and 6.1 millimetres

  • Dual-core 1.5 GHz Typhoon CPU

  • PowerVR GX6450 GPU with quad-core graphics

  • IPS LCD Display

  • Memory options:

    16GB 2GB RAM 32GB 2GB RAM 64GB 2GB RAM 128GB 2GB RAM

  • Weight: 299 g (Wi-Fi) / 304 g (3G)

  • Nano-SIM, eSIM

  • Glass front, aluminium back, aluminium frame

iPad mini 5 specs

    • Released March 2019 Retina display

    • 7.9-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit Multi-Touch display

    • 2048x1536 resolution at 326 pixels per inch (PPI)

    • Wide colour display (P3)

    • True Tone display

    • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating

    • Fully laminated display

    • Anti-reflective coating

    • 1.8% reflectivity

    • 500 nits brightness

    • Supports Apple Pencil

    • A12 Bionic chip with 64bit architecture

    • Neural Engine

    • Embedded M12 coprocessor

    • 8-megapixel camera

    • 080p HD video recording

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