Charging the iPad 2 from a power outlet in Benin

Simple instructions showing you how to power the iPad 2 with a Beninese power outlet using a 30-pin Apple cable with a Type C USB charger and how to power the iPad 2 using a 2 pin Type E USB plug.

Beninese power outlet

Complicated standards and voltages can all lead to confusion when planning to stay in another country if you've never visited before. The following instructions tells you exactly what you'll need to power your iPad 2 when visiting Benin using the Type E or C Beninese 220 volt 50Hz power outlets. You'll discover power sockets will vary depending on which area you are travelling to so please read the power supplies list for a complete list of regions and countries. When visiting Benin from another region ensure that your iPad 2 can accept a 240 volt supply. If your iPad 2 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts check that your iPad 2 is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to avoid the device from overheating during charging. If you're planning to stay in a place like Cotonou or Abomey-Calavi please refer to the Beninese country Wiki page [1] for more indepth information. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 2.

Charging the iPad 2 in Benin

Can you use the iPad 2 in Benin?

You can use the iPad 2 in Benin.

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad 2 in Benin?

If you are travelling with more than your iPad 2 the best international travel charger for Benin to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Beninois use two different types of power outlets (types E and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by changing the heads. If your iPad 2 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of USB power adapters along with support for more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other adapters having a four port adapter will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power adapters or occupying additional power sockets. Because you are only packing a single international travel charger will also keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage. Because of their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used 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 below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Benin

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices using USB, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, North 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 option for travellers originating from America going to Benin.
  • 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 originating from America using type B plugs and offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Benin.
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad 2 in Benin?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad 2 from a Beninese power outlet

Simple instructions showing you how to power the iPad 2 with a Beninese power outlet using a 30-pin Apple cable with a Type C USB charger.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad 2 using a Beninese power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple usually include this USB cable with the iPad 2).
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it in the Beninese power outlet. The wall outlet is identified by 2 circular adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the mains power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector is found at the base of the iPad 2.
  4. Turn on the Beninese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad 2 is powering up which typically takes roughly 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad 2 from a Beninese power outlet

Charging the iPad 2 from a Beninese power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

Using an Apple USB 30 pin connector with a two pinned Type E power adapter to power the iPad 2 from a Beninese power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad 2 using the Beninese power outlet you will need to buy a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should typically include this USB cable with the iPad 2).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type E USB power adapter in the wall supply. This recessed round plug supply can be recognised by two 4.8mm round holes 19mm adjacent to each other for live and neutral plus a metal earth pin protruding in the top to form a triangle pattern.
  3. Plug in one end of the 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector can be found at the base of the iPad 2.
  4. Turn on the Beninese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging, typically taking roughly 1 - 4 hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPad 2 from a Beninese power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benin - Beninese country Wiki page
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1683/en_US/ipad_ios7_user_guide.pdf - Official iPad user guide
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeE.htm - Type E power outlet
  7. Type E USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type E mains power outlet
  8. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters