Charging your iPad from a power outlet in Cameroon

The Wiki Connections page showing how to recharge the iPad from a Cameroonian power outlet with a 30-pin Apple connector with a two pinned Type C power adapter and charging the iPad using a 2 pin Type E power charger.

Cameroonian power outlet

Various combinations of region codes and voltages can all be confusing when planning on staying in another country, especially if you've never been there before. These guidelines have been specifically written to assist people wanting to charge the iPad when staying in Cameroon.When going to travel to Cameroon the following useful instructions show how to charge the iPad by using their types E or C 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets. If you are visiting Cameroon from a different region please check the iPad can accept a 240v supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts check the device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to prevent the device from overheating during charging. If you intend on travelling to a Cameroonian place such as Douala we also suggest reading the Cameroonian entry on Wikipedia.org [1] for further information. This page details the original iPad first generation, visit the Apple category page for the latest range of Apple iPads. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 5 or greater on the iPad.

Charging the iPad in Cameroon

Can you use the iPad in Cameroon?

You can use the iPad in Cameroon.

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad in Cameroon?

If you are travelling to multiple countries then the best travel power adapter for Cameroon is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Cameroonians use two different standards of plug sockets (types E and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by switching the supplied plugs over. If your iPad can support Fast Charge (note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these USB power adapters, plus additional support for certain power hungry devices.

This will allow you to power more than one device at the same time without needing to pack multiple power chargers on your trip. By only packing a single USB travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers with just a single power outlet.

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

Alternative travel adapter for Cameroon

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPad, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel adapters 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 best selling compact option for travellers originating from North America visiting Cameroon using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs and offers the same set of features as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Cameroon.
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad in Cameroon?

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

The Wiki Connections page showing how to recharge the iPad from a Cameroonian power outlet with a 30-pin Apple connector with a two pinned Type C power adapter.

  1. To power the iPad using the Cameroonian power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple should normally include this USB cable with the iPad.
  2. Start by inserting the Type C USB power adapter into the Cameroonian power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the two circular holes next to each other.
  3. Plug in one end of the 30 pin cable into the bottom of the power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector is found at the bottom of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the Cameroonian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is charging which takes between 1 to 4 hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad with a Cameroonian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

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

The Wiki Connections page showing how to recharge the iPad from a Cameroonian power outlet by using a 30-pin Apple connector with a two pinned Type E power adapter.

  1. To charge your iPad using the Cameroonian power outlet you will 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 by Apple).
  2. Begin by taking the Type E USB power adapter and plugging it into the Cameroonian power outlet. This recessed round power outlet (sometimes called the Type E power outlet [6] or CEE 7/7 plug) can be recognised by two 4.8mm adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral along with one long metal grounding pin protruding in the top forming a triangle pattern.
  3. Plug in one end of the 30 pin cable into the bottom of the power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector is found at the bottom of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the Cameroonian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is charging, typically taking between 1 to 4 hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad with a Cameroonian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cameroon - Cameroonian entry on Wikipedia.org
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1632/en_US/ipad_ios5_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