Charging the iPad Mini 2 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 Mini 2 with a Bissau-Guinean power outlet.

Bissau-Guinean power outlet

Varying different standards and plug types can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country for the first time traveller. These instructions have been specifically written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPad Mini 2 when travelling to Guinea-Bissau.The following simple instructions shows you how to supply power to the iPad Mini 2 when you're in Guinea-Bissau using the 220 volt 50Hz Type C wall outlet, the Bissau-Guineans will use a Europlug for wall outlets. If you are visiting Guinea-Bissau from another country ensure your iPad Mini 2 can accept a 240v supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v make sure that the device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to avoid the device from overheating whilst powering it. If you're planning on taking a trip to a Bissau-Guinean city like Bissau or GabĂș we also suggest reading the Guinea-Bissau Wikipedia page [1] for more details. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini 2.

Charging the iPad Mini 2 in Guinea-Bissau

Can you use the iPad Mini 2 in Guinea-Bissau?

You can use the iPad Mini 2 in Guinea-Bissau by using a power adaptor.

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad Mini 2 in Guinea-Bissau?

If you are travelling to more than one country and bringing along more than your iPad Mini 2 then 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 in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by changing the heads. If your iPad Mini 2 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of power adapters and compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

This means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack 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 overall size down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage while travelling as well as being convenient for charging your iPad Mini 2 at the airport or on your flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend buying this type of versatile power adapter online - the travel charger illustrated below 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 adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unstable power supplies. These power converters come 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 adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Guinea-Bissau.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with 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 Mini 2 in Guinea-Bissau?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 2 from a Bissau-Guinean power outlet

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

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad Mini 2 using the Bissau-Guinean power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - this USB cable is normally already included with the device by Apple.
  2. Start by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it in the Bissau-Guinean power outlet. The power outlet is identified by the 2 circular adjacent holes for live and neutral pins.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Apple Lightning power cable into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Switch on the Bissau-Guinean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 2 is powering up and takes around 1-4 hours to recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 2 from a Bissau-Guinean power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Guinea-Bissau Wikipedia page
  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, priced 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, between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 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, costs around $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).