Charging the iPad 3 when planning a trip to Burkina Faso

The Wiki Connections page showing how to recharge your iPad 3 from a Burkinabe power outlet with a 30-pin Apple connector with a Type C USB charger and how to power the iPad 3 using a 2 pin Type E power charger.

Burkinabe power outlet

Varying different voltages and region codes can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country, especially if you've never been there before. However 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 purchase in advance to power your iPad 3 . If visiting Burkina Faso these instructions show powering the iPad 3 by using their standard E or C type Burkinabe 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets. You'll find power will differ regionally therefore we suggest reading the Africa page for a complete list of regions and countries. When visiting Burkina Faso from another region ensure your iPad 3 can be charged using a 240v supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v make sure 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. If you intend on staying in a destination such as Ouagadougou we recommend reading the Burkina Faso Wikipedia page [1] for more details. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 3.

Charging the iPad 3 in Burkina Faso

Can you use the iPad 3 in Burkina Faso?

You can use the iPad 3 in Burkina Faso by using a power adaptor.

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad 3 in Burkina Faso?

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your iPad 3 then the best travel adapter for Burkina Faso is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Burkinabe use two different types of wall outlets (types E and C) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type C. As these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the included heads. If your iPad 3 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times by using one of these USB power adapters along with compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other travel chargers this means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power adapters. By only bringing a single lightweight travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage and convenient for recharging your iPad 3 at the airport or on your flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets and phones without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend buying this type of flexible travel charger online. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Burkina Faso

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] 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 crucial when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Burkina Faso and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting Burkina Faso.
  • 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 North America using type B plugs and is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at 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 Burkina Faso.
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad 3 in Burkina Faso?

Powering the iPad 3 with a Burkinabe power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

The Wiki Connections page showing how to recharge your iPad 3 from a Burkinabe power outlet with a 30-pin Apple connector with a Type C USB charger.

  1. If you want to power your iPad 3 using the Burkinabe power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], usually supplied with your iPad 3.
  2. Start by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can recognise this plug supply by the two adjacent holes for live and neutral pins.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector can be found at the base of the iPad 3.
  4. Turn on the Burkinabe power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad 3 is powering up and takes around 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad 3 with a Burkinabe power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Powering the iPad 3 with a Burkinabe power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

Using a 30-pin Apple cable and a 2 pin Type E power adapter to recharge your iPad 3 with a Burkinabe power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPad 3 from a Burkinabe power outlet you'll need to buy a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - this USB cable is typically supplied with your iPad 3.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type E USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can recognise this plug supply by the two large adjacent holes for live and neutral pins along with a long metal grounding pin protruding the top to form a triangle shape.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple 30 pin USB cable into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector is found at the bottom of the iPad 3.
  4. Turn on the Burkinabe power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad 3 screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging which should take roughly 1 - 4 hours to recharge.
Powering the iPad 3 with a Burkinabe power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burkina_Faso - Burkina Faso Wikipedia page
  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 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music
  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