How to charge the iPad Mini when visiting Burkina Faso

The Wiki Connections guide on how to charge the iPad Mini from a Burkinabe power outlet using a USB Lightning Apple connector with a two pin Type C Europlug power charger and charging the iPad Mini using a double pin Type E USB plug.

Burkinabe power outlet

Differing combinations of voltages and standards can all be confusing when planning on visiting a new country if you've never been there before. This page contains step-by-step instructions showing exactly what you'll need to charge the iPad Mini when you are in Burkina Faso using their standard Type E or C 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets. You will discover that power sockets will vary depending on which country you are visiting therefore we suggest reading the travel power supplies page for a full list of countries. If you are visiting Burkina Faso from a different country please ensure your iPad Mini can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts make sure your device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to prevent the device from overloading when charging it. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in Burkina Faso

Can the iPad Mini be used in Burkina Faso?

Yes, you can use the iPad Mini in Burkina Faso.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPad Mini in Burkina Faso?

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing more than just your iPad Mini the best international travel charger for Burkina Faso is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Burkinabe use two different standards of wall outlets (types E and C) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the included plugs. If your iPad Mini is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these types of power adapters, plus compatibility with more power demanding devices.

This will allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple power chargers. By only packing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand luggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of chargers can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers without using up an additional power outlet.

For those travelling on a regular basis we suggest buying an adaptable travel adapter similar to this online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Burkina Faso

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPad Mini, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Burkina Faso and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Burkina Faso.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs and gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Burkina Faso.
What is the best travel adapter for the iPad Mini in Burkina Faso?

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad Mini from a Burkinabe power outlet

The Wiki Connections guide on how to charge the iPad Mini from a Burkinabe power outlet using a USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type C Europlug USB charger.

  1. To power the iPad Mini using a Burkinabe power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - the cable is typically supplied with the device.
  2. First plug in the Type C USB power adapter into the Burkinabe power outlet. This plug outlet is recognised by two adjacent holes next to each other.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Mini.
  4. Switch on the Burkinabe power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up which should take between 60-240 minutes to completely recharge.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad Mini from a Burkinabe power outlet

How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from a Burkinabe power outlet

Learn how to charge your iPad Mini from a Burkinabe power outlet by using a Lightning Apple cable with a double pin Type E USB charger.

  1. In order to charge the iPad Mini using the Burkinabe power outlet you'll need a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple should normally include this cable when you buy the iPad Mini.
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type E USB power adapter in the power supply. You can identify this plug outlet by two large round adjacent holes next to each other where the plug outlet pins go plus a metal grounding pin protruding in the top to form a triangle configuration.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Mini.
  4. Switch on the Burkinabe power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Mini is powering up which takes between 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from a Burkinabe power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burkina_Faso - Burkinabe Wikipedia web 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. 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