Charging the iPad 2 when staying in Guinea-Bissau

How to connect a Bissau-Guinean power outlet to the iPad 2

Bissau-Guinean power outlet

Different frequencies and standards can all be daunting when planning on staying in a different country, especially to the first time traveller. This step-by-step guide will show exactly how to supply power to the iPad 2 when staying in Guinea-Bissau by using their standard 220 volt 50Hz Type C plug outlet, with the Bissau-Guineans using Europlugs for power outlets. If visiting Guinea-Bissau from a different country please ensure your iPad 2 can accept a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check that the device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional transformer to prevent the device from over-heating when charging it. If you intend on staying at a Bissau-Guinean city such as Bissau refer to the Guinea-Bissau Wikipedia page [1] for further details on travelling to the location. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 2.

Charging the iPad 2 in Guinea-Bissau

Can the iPad 2 be used in Guinea-Bissau?

Yes, you can connect the iPad 2 to a Bissau-Guinean power outlet.

What is the best travel charger for the iPad 2 in Guinea-Bissau?

When you are travelling to multiple countries or bringing more than just your iPad 2 the best international travel charger for Guinea-Bissau to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by switching the heads. If your type of iPad 2 supports Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times by using one of these travel chargers along with support for more power hungry devices.

Having a 4 port adapter means you can charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack multiple power chargers on your Bissau-Guinean trip or occupying additional wall outlets. Because you are only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage while travelling. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when you return home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without needing an additional wall outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible travel adapter at your preferred electronics retailer - the power adapter illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Guinea-Bissau

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable power grids. These power adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 portable option for travellers originating from America going to Guinea-Bissau using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs and is a cheaper alternative to 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 more flexible 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Guinea-Bissau.
What is the best travel charger for the iPad 2 in Guinea-Bissau?

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad 2 from a Bissau-Guinean power outlet

Learn how to charge your iPad 2 from a Bissau-Guinean power outlet with a 30 pin cable and a Type C USB adapter.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPad 2 from a Bissau-Guinean power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple typically supply the USB cable with the iPad 2.
  2. Firstly you'll need to plug the Type C USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the two round adjacent holes for live and neutral.
  3. Plug in one end of the cord into the bottom of the mains 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. Switch on the Bissau-Guinean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging, typically taking roughly 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad 2 from a Bissau-Guinean power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guinea-Bissau - Guinea-Bissau Wikipedia 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. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters