How to charge the iPad Air when staying in Burkina Faso

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge the iPad Air with a Burkinabe power outlet by using a USB Lightning connector and a Type C power charger and how to charge the iPad Air using a Type E power plug.

Burkinabe power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of standards and plugs can all cause confusion when planning on staying in another country, especially for the first time traveller. This page has been specifically written to stop you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPad Air when you are travelling abroad.This guide shows what you'll need to supply power to your iPad Air when you're visiting Burkina Faso by using the standard types E or C Burkinabe 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. When travelling anywhere you'll find that most power sockets vary from region to region therefore we suggest that you read our Wikiconnections travel power sockets guide where you'll find a complete list of powering devices in different countries. If travelling to Burkina Faso from another country please ensure that the iPad Air can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If the iPad Air originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) make sure the iPad Air is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to stop the device from overheating when powering up. If you plan on visiting a city such as Ouagadougou or Bobo-Dioulasso we suggest referring to the wikipedia.org page about Burkina Faso [1] for further information on travelling to the area. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Air.

Charging the iPad Air in Burkina Faso

Can the iPad Air be used in Burkina Faso?

You can connect the iPad Air to a Burkinabe power outlet by using a power convertor.

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

If travelling with more than your iPad Air 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]. There are two different standards of power outlets in Burkina Faso (types E and C) and bringing this will ensure 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 simply by switching the plugs. If your iPad Air supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

This means you can charge multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate power chargers. Because you are only packing a single lightweight travel charger will keep the overall weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling and suitable for recharging your iPad Air at the airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers with only a single plug socket.

We suggest buying this type of flexible power charger 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, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters 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 covering both Burkina Faso and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK 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 - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs. This offers almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with only 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Burkina Faso.
What is the best power charger for the iPad Air in Burkina Faso?

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

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

  1. In order to charge the iPad Air 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. Start the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it into the Burkinabe power outlet. You can identify this wall supply by 2 round holes next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple USB Lightning charging cable into the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Air.
  4. Switch on the Burkinabe power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad Air will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Air is recharging and takes between one-four hours to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad Air with a Burkinabe power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

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

Using a USB Lightning cable with a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter to recharge your iPad Air from a Burkinabe power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your iPad Air from 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. Begin by inserting the Type E USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This round wall supply, also called a Type E power outlet [6], can be recognised by the two large circular adjacent holes and one metal earth pin protruding in the top in a triangle configuration.
  3. Plug in 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 the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Air.
  4. Turn on the Burkinabe power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is charging which typically takes roughly 60-240 minutes to recharge.
Powering the iPad Air with a Burkinabe power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burkina_Faso - wikipedia.org page about Burkina Faso
  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