How to charge the iPad Air 2 when staying in Burkina Faso

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge an iPad Air 2 with a Burkinabe power outlet with the Lightning Apple connector and a Type C power charger and charging an iPad Air 2 using a two pinned Type E power charger.

Burkinabe power outlet

Varying different combinations of standards and plugs can all be daunting when planning on travelling to a foreign country especially if you've never visited before. These instructions were written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPad Air 2 when going abroad.When you're visiting Burkina Faso the following instructions show charging your iPad Air 2 using their Type E or C 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets. You will find that most power sockets will vary regionally so we recommend reading our Wiki Connections travel power sockets guide where you'll find a complete list of powering devices in different regions. If travelling to Burkina Faso from another country please ensure that the iPad Air 2 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If the iPad Air 2 came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v check that your device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to stop the device from overheating when charging it. If you plan on travelling to a place like Ouagadougou please read the Burkinabe page on wikipedia.org [1] for more information on visiting the area. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on an iPad Air 2.

Charging an iPad Air 2 in Burkina Faso

Can the iPad Air 2 be used in Burkina Faso?

You can use an iPad Air 2 in Burkina Faso.

What is the best power charger for an iPad Air 2 in Burkina Faso?

If travelling with more than your iPad Air 2 then the best international travel power adapter for Burkina Faso to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Burkinabe use two different standards of wall outlets (E and C) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world just by changing the included heads over. If your model of iPad Air 2 can support Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel chargers and support for certain power demanding devices. Having a four port charger will allow you to charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to bring multiple travel adapters on your trip to Burkina Faso or occupying additional power outlets. By only packing a single lightweight travel charger will keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of travel chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones with only a single plug socket.

We suggest buying an adaptable power charger like this online - the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Burkina Faso

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 Air 2, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unstable power grids. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact option for travellers originating from North America going to Burkina Faso using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs and is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Burkina Faso.
What is the best power charger for an iPad Air 2 in Burkina Faso?

Charging an iPad Air 2 from a Burkinabe power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge an iPad Air 2 with a Burkinabe power outlet with the Lightning Apple connector and a Type C power charger.

  1. If you want to charge the iPad Air 2 from the Burkinabe power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will typically include the USB cable with your iPad Air 2).
  2. Begin by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This wall supply, also called a Type C power outlet [3], is recognised by the two circular adjacent holes.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the cord into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Turn on the Burkinabe power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is charging taking between 60-240 minutes to recharge.
Charging an iPad Air 2 from a Burkinabe power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPad Air 2 from a Burkinabe power outlet

Instructions on how to recharge your iPad Air 2 from a Burkinabe power outlet with the Lightning Apple connector and a Type E power charger.

  1. To supply power to an iPad Air 2 using a Burkinabe power outlet you will need to buy a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple normally include the USB cable with your iPad Air 2.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type E USB power adapter and plugging it into the power supply. This sunken round wall supply (called a CEE 7/7 outlet or Type E power outlet [6]) can be recognised by the two large circular adjacent holes next to each other where the twin pins slide into and one metal earth pin protruding in the top in a triangle configuration.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Turn on the Burkinabe power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad Air 2 will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Air 2 is recharging and takes between 60-240 minutes to recharge.
How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPad Air 2 from a Burkinabe power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burkina_Faso - Burkinabe page on wikipedia.org
  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