How to charge your iPad Mini from a power outlet in Guinea-Bissau

Using a Lightning Apple connector and a two pinned Type C Europlug USB charger to power your iPad Mini from a Bissau-Guinean power outlet.

Bissau-Guinean power outlet

Various region codes and plugs can often cause confusion when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never visited before. This guide has been specifically written to stop visitors needing to worry if they can power the iPad Mini abroad.If you are visiting Guinea-Bissau these useful instructions show powering your iPad Mini using a standard 220 volt 50Hz Type C Bissau-Guinean plug outlet, the Bissau-Guineans will use Europlugs for wall outlets. Most power sources will change from country to country therefore we suggest that you read the WikiConnections world power supplies page where you'll find a complete list of regions and countries. If travelling to Guinea-Bissau from another region check your iPad Mini can be used with a 240 volt supply. If the iPad Mini originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) double check your device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from over-heating when powering up. If you plan on staying at a city such as Bissau or GabĂș we also recommend reading the Guinea-Bissau Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth details prior to travelling to the area. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in Guinea-Bissau

Can the iPad Mini be used in Guinea-Bissau?

You can connect the iPad Mini to a Bissau-Guinean power outlet.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad Mini in Guinea-Bissau?

When you are travelling to multiple countries or bringing along more than just your iPad Mini the best travel adapter for Guinea-Bissau to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your iPad Mini supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB travel chargers plus support for more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other chargers this means you can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple travel adapters or occupying additional power outlets. Only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage while travelling. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets and using only a single plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we recommend searching for this type of flexible power charger at your preferred electronics retailer. The travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries 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 via USB, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unreliable power supplies. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America going to Guinea-Bissau.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and gives the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Guinea-Bissau.
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad Mini in Guinea-Bissau?

Powering the iPad Mini with a Bissau-Guinean power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

The WikiConnections page on how to recharge the iPad Mini with a Bissau-Guinean power outlet by using an Apple Lightning cable with a Type C power adapter.

  1. In order to power the iPad Mini using a Bissau-Guinean power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], normally included with the iPad Mini by Apple.
  2. Insert the Type C USB power adapter in the Bissau-Guinean power outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by the 2 holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB Apple Lightning power cord into the power adapter 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. Switch on the Bissau-Guinean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Mini is recharging taking roughly one to four hours to recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini with a Bissau-Guinean power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

See also

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