Charging the iPad 2 when planning a trip to Ghana

Using the USB 30 pin Apple cable and a 3 pin Type G power adapter to recharge your iPad 2 with a Ghanaian power outlet and powering the iPad 2 using a 3 pin Type D power adapter.

Ghanaian power outlet

Differing combinations of frequencies and standards can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of standards being used in the world this article shows exactly what to purchase in advance to power your iPad 2 . When you are staying in Ghana the following useful instructions show how to charge your iPad 2 by using their standard G or D type Ghanaian 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. If you are visiting Ghana from another country ensure your iPad 2 can accept a 240 volt supply. If your iPad 2 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts double check the iPad 2 is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power converter to stop the device from over-heating whilst powering it up. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 2.

Charging the iPad 2 in Ghana

Can you use the iPad 2 in Ghana?

You can use the iPad 2 in Ghana by using a power adaptor.

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

If you are travelling to more than one country and bringing along more than your iPad 2 then the best travel power adapter for Ghana is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Ghanaians use two different types of power outlets (types G and D) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type G.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your iPad 2 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB power chargers, plus additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other adapters having a four port adapter will allow you to power more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy multiple power adapters for your Ghanaian trip. By only packing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage while travelling. Because of their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and speakers without using up an additional wall outlet.

If you travel to Ghana we suggest searching for an adaptable travel charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer - the travel charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Ghana

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable power supplies. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 compact option for travellers originating from America going to Ghana.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs and offers the same set of features as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for almost half the 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 suitable for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Ghana.
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad 2 in Ghana?

Powering the iPad 2 with a Ghanaian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Using the 30-pin Apple cable and a 3 pin Type G USB charger to charge your iPad 2 with a Ghanaian power outlet.

  1. To charge your iPad 2 using the Ghanaian power outlet you will need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - this USB cable is normally already included with your iPad 2.
  2. Insert the Type G USB power adapter into the Ghanaian power outlet. This power outlet (technically called the Type G power outlet [3]) looks like 3 vertical holes containing plastic shutters in a triangular configuration for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Connect one end of the power cable into the bottom of the USB 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. Turn on the Ghanaian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad 2 is charging which should take between 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
Powering the iPad 2 with a Ghanaian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPad 2 from a Ghanaian power outlet

Simple instructions showing how to recharge the iPad 2 with a Ghanaian power outlet using a 30-pin Apple cable and a Type D USB charger.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad 2 using the Ghanaian power outlet you'll need a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (this USB cable is normally already supplied with your iPad 2).
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type D USB power adapter and inserting it in the wall supply. The wall outlet, sometimes called the Type D power outlet [6], can be identified by three holes forming a triangle pattern for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the mains power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector is found at the bottom of the iPad 2.
  4. Switch on the Ghanaian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad 2 screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is charging taking around one to four hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPad 2 from a Ghanaian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghana - wikipedia.org web page about Ghana
  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/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 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeD.htm - Type D power outlet
  7. Type D USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type D mains power outlet
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters