Charging the iPad 4 when planning a trip to Guinea-Bissau

Using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a 2 pin Type C USB charger to charge your iPad 4 with a Bissau-Guinean power outlet.

Bissau-Guinean power outlet

Various combinations of frequencies and standards can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country for the first time traveller. This isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards being used in the world this article shows exactly what to buy in advance to power your iPad 4 . These instructions have been specifically written to prevent travellers worrying if they'll be able to charge the iPad 4 abroad.The following guide will show exactly what you'll need to charge your iPad 4 when you are in Guinea-Bissau using a 220 volt 50Hz Type C plug outlet, with the Bissau-Guineans using Europlugs for charging. If you are visiting Guinea-Bissau from another country ensure that your iPad 4 can be charged using a 240v supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) make sure that the device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to prevent the device from overheating during charging. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 4.

Charging the iPad 4 in Guinea-Bissau

Can you use the iPad 4 in Guinea-Bissau?

You can connect the iPad 4 to a Bissau-Guinean power outlet.

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad 4 in Guinea-Bissau?

If you are travelling with more than your iPad 4 or visiting more than one country the best travel charger for Guinea-Bissau to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your type of iPad 4 is compatible with Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB power chargers, and additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other travel chargers this will allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy multiple power adapters for your Bissau-Guinean trip or using up additional power sockets. Because you are only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage while travelling as well as being suitable for charging your iPad 4 at the airport or on your flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets with just a single wall outlet.

We recommend buying an adaptable travel charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Guinea-Bissau

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact option for travellers originating from America going to Guinea-Bissau using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs and offers practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 Guinea-Bissau. [6]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad 4 in Guinea-Bissau?

Powering the iPad 4 with a Bissau-Guinean power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Using a Lightning connector with a two pinned Europlug Type C USB charger to charge your iPad 4 with a Bissau-Guinean power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPad 4 from a Bissau-Guinean power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], the USB cable is typically already included with the device by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the Bissau-Guinean power outlet. You can recognise this power supply by the 2 round adjacent holes for live and neutral pins.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad 4.
  4. Switch on the Bissau-Guinean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging, typically taking between 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad 4 with a Bissau-Guinean power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Bissau-Guinean country page on Wikipedia
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, costing between $10 to $15 USD (£10-£15 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 (around £15 GBP / under C$15).
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, between $15 to $20 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).