How to charge the iPad 2 when visiting Gabon

How to connect a Gabonese power outlet to the iPad 2

Gabonese power outlet

Varying different combinations of region codes and plug types can all be confusing when planning on staying in a new country if you've never been there before. This page has been specifically written to prevent people needing to worry if they can charge their iPad 2 when they're abroad.The following step-by-step instructions shows what you'll need to power the iPad 2 when you're travelling to Gabon using a standard 220 volt 50Hz Type C power outlet, with the Gabonese using a Europlug for wall outlets. When travelling you'll find power sockets will change regionally therefore please read our WikiConnections travel power supplies page where you'll find a full list showing powering devices in different countries. When you are visiting Gabon from another region please check that your iPad 2 can accept a 240 volt supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts make sure that your iPad 2 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 that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 2.

Charging the iPad 2 in Gabon

Can the iPad 2 be used in Gabon?

Yes, you can use the iPad 2 in Gabon.

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad 2 in Gabon?

If travelling with more than just your iPad 2 the best travel power adapter for Gabon is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the heads over. If your iPad 2 supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these travel adapters plus additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

This will allow you to recharge more than one device at once without needing to buy multiple travel chargers. Only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the size down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling as well as being convenient for recharging your iPad 2 at the airport or on a plane. Due to their versatility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets without using up an additional plug socket.

We suggest searching for this type of versatile power charger at your preferred electronics retailer; the multipurpose power charger illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Gabon

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPad 2, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Gabon using type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers 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 ideal for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Gabon.
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad 2 in Gabon?

Powering the iPad 2 with a Gabonese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Using the Apple 30-pin cable and a two pinned Type C power charger to charge the iPad 2 from a Gabonese power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad 2 from the Gabonese power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple should typically include this cable when you buy the iPad 2.
  2. Insert the Type C USB power adapter into the Gabonese power outlet. You can recognise this power outlet by the 2 circular holes adjacent to each other.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB 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 Gabonese 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 2 is powering up, typically taking between 60 to 240 minutes to recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad 2 with a Gabonese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

See also

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