Charging your iPad Mini from a power outlet in Benin

Instructions showing how to charge your iPad Mini with a Beninese power outlet with the Apple USB Lightning connector with a 2 pin Europlug Type C power adapter and charging the iPad Mini using a Type E power adapter.

Beninese power outlet

Varying different standards and sockets can often be daunting when planning to visit a new country especially for the first time traveller. These instructions have been specifically written to prevent visitors having to worry if they'll be able to charge the iPad Mini when they're travelling abroad.When you're staying in Benin the following useful instructions show how to power your iPad Mini by using their standard Type E or C 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. Most power supplies will change depending on which area you are visiting so please read the power supplies and Africa page for a full list of regions and countries. When visiting Benin from another country ensure your iPad Mini can accept a 240 volt supply. If your iPad Mini came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure that your device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to stop the device from being damaged when charging it. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in Benin

Can the iPad Mini be used in Benin?

Yes, you can connect the iPad Mini to a Beninese power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad Mini in Benin?

If you are travelling with more than your iPad Mini then the best travel charger for Benin to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Beninois use two different standards of plug sockets (types E and C) and using a travel adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by changing the supplied plugs over. If your iPad Mini can support Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these types of power adapters and additional support for more power demanding devices.

This means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to bring individual power adapters or occupying additional wall sockets. Because you are only bringing a single international travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage while travelling and on hand for recharging your iPad Mini at an airport or on your flight. Due to their versatility these types of chargers can be used back at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets and phones without needing an additional plug socket.

If you travel to Benin we suggest searching for this type of versatile power adapter at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different 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 Mini, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover 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 North America visiting Benin using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs and offers the same set of features as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a flexible 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Benin.
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad Mini in Benin?

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

Using the Apple USB Lightning connector with a two pin Type C power adapter to power the iPad Mini from a Beninese power outlet.

  1. To power your iPad Mini using the Beninese power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this USB cable is typically supplied with your iPad Mini by Apple).
  2. Start by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the wall supply. The wall outlet is recognised by 2 adjacent holes where the live and neutral pins go.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Apple charging cable into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad Mini.
  4. Switch on the Beninese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad Mini will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Mini is powering up which typically takes between one-four hours to recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini 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 Mini from a Beninese power outlet

The WikiConnections page showing how to charge your iPad Mini from a Beninese power outlet with a Lightning Apple cable and a Type E USB charger.

  1. If you want to charge the iPad Mini from the Beninese power outlet you will need to use a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - this USB cable is typically supplied with your device by Apple.
  2. Plug the Type E USB power adapter into the power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the two large round holes 19mm apart from each other plus one metal earth pin protruding in the top to form a triangle shape.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Apple charging cord into the bottom of the USB power 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. Switch on the Beninese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPad Mini screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up and takes roughly 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
How to use a Type E power charger for charging your iPad Mini from a Beninese power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benin - Wikipedia.org entry about Benin
  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 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. 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. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters