Charging the iPad Mini 4 when staying in Benin

Using a Lightning Apple cable and a double pinned Type C USB adapter to power your iPad Mini 4 with a Beninese power outlet and how to power the iPad Mini 4 using a Type E power adapter.

Beninese power outlet

Differing frequencies and standards can all be confusing when planning on staying in a foreign country especially if you've never visited before. This page was specifically written to prevent you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPad Mini 4 abroad.This page has step-by-step instructions demonstrating what you'll need to power your iPad Mini 4 when you're in Benin using the standard E or C type 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. Most power sockets change depending on which region you travelling to so we recommend that you read our Wikiconnections global power supplies list for a full list of destinations. When you are travelling to Benin from another country double check the iPad Mini 4 can accept a 240v supply. If the iPad Mini 4 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v ensure that your device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to prevent the device from overheating when powering up. If you intend on staying at a Beninese city such as Cotonou refer to the Beninese country entry on wikipedia [1] for more details. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 9 or greater on the iPad Mini 4.

Charging the iPad Mini 4 in Benin

Can you use the iPad Mini 4 in Benin?

You can connect the iPad Mini 4 to a Beninese power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad Mini 4 in Benin?

When travelling to multiple countries or bringing more than just your iPad Mini 4 the best international travel charger for Benin to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two types of power outlets that Beninois use (types E and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by changing the plugs over. If your iPad Mini 4 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these types of power adapters, plus additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other adapters this means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to buy multiple power chargers on your Beninese trip or occupying additional wall outlets. Because you are only packing a single USB travel charger will keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage and convenient for charging your iPad Mini 4 at the airport or on a flight. Due to their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple phones, tablets and e-readers without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend buying an adaptable travel adapter similar to this at your preferred electronics retailer; the multipurpose power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested with 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 Mini 4, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting regions with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These power converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Benin 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 America going to Benin using type B US 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 America using type B plugs and gives almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at almost half 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Benin.
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad Mini 4 in Benin?

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad Mini 4 from a Beninese power outlet

Using an Apple USB Lightning cable and a Europlug Type C USB charger to power the iPad Mini 4 with a Beninese power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPad Mini 4 using the Beninese power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - normally already supplied with your iPad Mini 4 by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it into the Beninese power outlet. You can recognise this power outlet by two round 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 adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 4. The iPad Mini 4 lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Mini 4.
  4. Turn on the Beninese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad Mini 4 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 4 is charging, typically taking between 60-300 minutes to fully recharge.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad Mini 4 from a Beninese power outlet

Powering the iPad Mini 4 with a Beninese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

The WikiConnections guide on how to charge the iPad Mini 4 from a Beninese power outlet by using an Apple USB Lightning cable and a Type E power adapter.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad Mini 4 from a Beninese power outlet you'll need to use a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the USB cable is typically supplied with the device by Apple).
  2. Begin by inserting the Type E USB power adapter into the power outlet. The sunken round plug outlet (known as the Type E power outlet [6] or CEE 7/7 plug) can be recognised by two round adjacent holes next to each other along with one long metal earth pin protruding from the top in a triangular shape.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 4. The iPad Mini 4 lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Mini 4.
  4. Turn on the Beninese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 4 is powering up which takes between one to five and a half hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini 4 with a Beninese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benin - Beninese country entry on wikipedia
  2. https://help.apple.com/ipad/9/ - iPad Mini 4 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