Charging your iPad 3 from a power outlet in Benin

Instructions on how to power the iPad 3 with a Beninese power outlet using the USB 30-pin Apple cable with a two pinned Type C power adapter and charging the iPad 3 using a two pin Type E power plug.

Beninese power outlet

Differing combinations of region codes and voltages can often be confusing when planning to stay in a new country especially if you've never visited before. This guide has been written to stop people having to worry if they can charge the iPad 3 abroad.This useful guide tells you how to supply power to your iPad 3 when staying in Benin using their standard E or C type 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. If you are visiting Benin from a different region please double check your iPad 3 can be charged using a 240v supply. If your iPad 3 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v ensure that your device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to stop the device from overloading during charging. If you intend on taking a trip to a destination such as Cotonou or Abomey-Calavi we recommend referring to the Beninese Wikipedia page [1] for more details. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 3.

Charging the iPad 3 in Benin

Can you use the iPad 3 in Benin?

You can connect the iPad 3 to a Beninese power outlet by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad 3 in Benin?

When travelling with more than just your iPad 3 or visiting more than one country then the best travel power adapter for Benin is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two different types of power outlets that Beninese use (types E and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

As these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by changing the included plugs over. If your iPad 3 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times by using one of these types of travel adapters along with additional support for more power hungry devices.

Unlike other travel chargers having a 4 port adapter means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to bring individual power adapters on your trip. By only needing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage and convenient for charging your iPad 3 at the airport or on the plane. Due to their space saving versatility these types of chargers can be used back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without using up an additional plug socket.

If you travel to Benin we recommend buying this type of versatile travel charger online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Benin

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 3, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable power grids. These power adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, North 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 power adapter for travellers originating from North America going to Benin.
  • 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 originating from the US using type B plugs. This offers the same set of features 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 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Benin.
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad 3 in Benin?

Charging the iPad 3 from a Beninese power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Using a USB 30 pin cable and a Type C USB adapter to power the iPad 3 with a Beninese power outlet.

  1. To charge your iPad 3 using the Beninese power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (usually already included with the iPad 3).
  2. Start by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the Beninese power outlet. You can recognise the wall outlet by the two round adjacent holes where the twin pins go.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector is found at the bottom of the iPad 3.
  4. Turn on the Beninese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes around one-four hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPad 3 from a Beninese power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPad 3 from a Beninese power outlet

Using a 30 pin connector and a Type E USB charger to power the iPad 3 from a Beninese power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPad 3 using the Beninese power outlet you will need to buy a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (usually included with the device).
  2. Plug the Type E USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can recognise this power outlet by two large adjacent holes and a long metal earth pin protruding in the top to form a triangle shape.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector is found at the bottom of the iPad 3.
  4. Switch on the Beninese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging taking around 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPad 3 from a Beninese power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benin - Beninese 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/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