How to charge the iPad Mini when staying in Gambia

Using a USB Lightning cable with a 3 pinned Type G USB charger to recharge your iPad Mini from a Gambian power outlet.

Gambian power outlet

Complicated voltages and sockets can all cause confusion when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of common standards used in the world this guide shows exactly what to pick up in advance to charge your iPad Mini in Gambia. This page has been specifically written to stop you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPad Mini when you are travelling abroad.If you are going to travel to Gambia the following instructions show charging your iPad Mini using their 230 volt 50Hz G Type plug outlet, the Gambians will use 13 amp plugs for power outlets. When you are visiting Gambia from a different country double check your iPad Mini can accept a 240 volt supply. If the iPad Mini originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure that the iPad Mini is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to avoid the device from over-heating whilst powering it up. If you intend on visiting a city such as Serekunda or Brikama refer to the Gambian Wikipedia page [1] for more information on visiting the area. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in Gambia

Can the iPad Mini be used in Gambia?

Yes, you can use the iPad Mini in Gambia.

What is the best power charger for the iPad Mini in Gambia?

If travelling with more than your iPad Mini then the best international travel power adapter for Gambia to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the supplied heads over. If your model of iPad Mini can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these power chargers plus support for certain power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters this will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate power chargers or using up additional wall sockets. Only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage. Due to their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones, tablets and e-readers with only a single plug socket.

We suggest buying this type of flexible travel adapter online, the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Gambia

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable power supplies. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Gambia 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 most popular compact option for travellers originating from North America going to Gambia using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly 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 is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Gambia.
What is the best power charger for the iPad Mini in Gambia?

How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPad Mini from a Gambian power outlet

Using an Apple Lightning cable with a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter to charge the iPad Mini with a Gambian power outlet.

  1. If you want to power the iPad Mini from the Gambian power outlet you'll need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple should usually supply this cable with your iPad Mini.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type G USB power adapter in the Gambian power outlet. This power supply (called a Type G power outlet [3]) looks like three vertical rectangular holes with plastic shutters forming a triangular shape.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Mini.
  4. Turn on the Gambian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad Mini will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Mini is recharging and takes between one-four hours to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPad Mini from a Gambian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gambia - Gambian 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/typeG.htm - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - Provides power from a type G mains power supply
  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. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters