Charging the iPad Mini 2 when visiting Benin

A guide showing you how to recharge your iPad Mini 2 from a Beninese power outlet by using a USB Lightning Apple connector with a Europlug Type C USB adapter and recharging the iPad Mini 2 using a Type E power adapter.

Beninese power outlet

Complicated combinations of standards and voltages can often cause confusion when planning to stay in a different country, especially if you've never visited before. The following step by step guide shows you how to power your iPad Mini 2 when you're visiting Benin by using their Type E or C Beninese 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets. When travelling to Benin from another country check the iPad Mini 2 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check that your iPad Mini 2 is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to prevent the device from being damaged whilst powering it up. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini 2.

Charging the iPad Mini 2 in Benin

Can you use the iPad Mini 2 in Benin?

Yes, you can connect the iPad Mini 2 to a Beninese power outlet.

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What is the best travel charger for the iPad Mini 2 in Benin?

When you are travelling with more than just your iPad Mini 2 and visiting more than one country the best travel power adapter for Benin is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two types of wall outlets that Beninese use (E and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the supplied heads. If your type of iPad Mini 2 can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of power adapters, and compatibility with more power hungry devices. Having a 4 port adapter will also allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple power chargers. Because you are only packing a single travel charger will also keep the overall size down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when you return home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers and using only a single power outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible power adapter at your preferred electronics retailer; the multipurpose travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Benin

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power adapter for travellers originating from America visiting 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 from America using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper 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 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 perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Benin. [8]
What is the best travel charger for the iPad Mini 2 in Benin?

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

Using a Lightning connector and a two pinned Type C power adapter to charge your iPad Mini 2 from a Beninese power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to your iPad Mini 2 from the Beninese power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], typically already included with your device by Apple.
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type C USB power adapter in the Beninese power outlet. This power outlet, sometimes called a Europlug, is identified by two adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Switch on the Beninese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad Mini 2 will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes roughly 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad Mini 2 with a Beninese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Charging the iPad Mini 2 from a Beninese power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

Using a USB Lightning cable and a double pin Type E USB charger to power the iPad Mini 2 with a Beninese power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPad Mini 2 using the Beninese power outlet you'll need to buy a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple typically supply this USB cable when you purchase the iPad Mini 2).
  2. Begin by taking the Type E USB power adapter and inserting it in the Beninese power outlet. The sunken round power outlet (known as the CEE 7/7 outlet) can be identified by two 4.8mm adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral pins with a single long metal earth pin protruding from the top in a triangle pattern.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB Lightning power cord into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Turn on the Beninese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up which takes between one to four hours to recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPad Mini 2 from a Beninese power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Benin Wikipedia web page
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet, priced between $10 to $15 USD (under £10 GBP / under C$20).
  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, priced at between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / under C$15).
  6. iec.ch - Type E power outlet
  7. Type E USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type E mains power outlet, priced at between $15 to $20 USD (£5-£10 GBP / under C$20).
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced under $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).