How to charge the iPad from a power outlet in Benin

Instructions on how to charge the iPad from a Beninese power outlet with a 30 pin connector and a 2 pinned Type C power charger and powering the iPad using a Type E power charger.

Beninese power outlet

Various voltages and plugs can all be confusing when planning to visit another country especially to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of sockets being used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need to purchase in advance to power the iPad in Benin. This guide has been written to prevent you having to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPad abroad.If you are staying in Benin this page has useful instructions showing how to power your iPad using the standard Type E or C 220 volt 50Hz power outlets. When travelling to Benin from another country check your iPad can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) ensure that the device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to avoid the device from overheating when powering up. This page details the original iPad first generation, visit the Apple category page for the latest range of Apple iPads. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 5 or greater on the iPad.

Charging the iPad in Benin

Can the iPad be used in Benin?

You can use the iPad in Benin by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best power charger for the iPad in Benin?

When you are travelling with more than just your iPad and visiting more than one country then the best travel charger for Benin to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Beninese use two different standards of power outlets (E and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the plugs over. If your iPad is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these power adapters, and support for more power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other adapters having a 4 port adapter means you can charge more than one device at the same time without needing to buy seperate power adapters. Because you are only needing to bring a single lightweight travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage whilst travelling. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of adapters can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones, tablets and e-readers using just a single plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we suggest buying this type of versatile travel adapter at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Benin

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPad, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Benin and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 North America visiting Benin using type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective 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 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Benin.
What is the best power charger for the iPad in Benin?

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

Using a USB 30 pin Apple connector with a Type C power adapter to charge the iPad from a Beninese power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPad using the Beninese power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the USB cable is usually already included with your iPad by Apple).
  2. Firstly insert the Type C USB power adapter into the Beninese power outlet. This unearthed wall outlet can be recognised by the 2 holes next to each other where the live and neutral pins sit.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the mains power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector is found at the base of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the Beninese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging and takes roughly 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad with a Beninese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Type E power charger for charging your iPad from a Beninese power outlet

The Wiki Connections guide showing how to power the iPad with a Beninese power outlet with an Apple USB 30-pin cable and a two pin Type E USB adapter.

  1. In order to charge your iPad using a Beninese power outlet you'll need to use a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple will usually supply the USB cable when you purchase your iPad.
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type E USB power adapter into the Beninese power outlet. The sunken round wall outlet can be recognised by the two 4.8mm holes 19mm apart from each other and one metal grounding pin protruding in the top to form a triangular shape.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector is found at the base of the iPad.
  4. Turn on the Beninese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging which should take around one-four hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type E power charger for charging your iPad from a Beninese power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benin - wikipedia page about Benin
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1632/en_US/ipad_ios5_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. 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