Charging the iPad Air 2 when planning a trip to The Republic of the Congo

A guide showing how to power an iPad Air 2 from a Congo power outlet with the USB Lightning Apple cable and a two pin Europlug Type C USB charger, how to power an iPad Air 2 using a 3 pin Type D power adapter and how to power an iPad Air 2 using a 2 pin Type E power adapter

Congo power outlet

Varying different standards and plug types can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country for the first time traveller. This guide has been written to stop you having to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPad Air 2 when you're going abroad.When you're staying in The Republic of the Congo these useful instructions show how to supply power to the iPad Air 2 by using their standard Type E, C or D Congo 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. Most power changes regionally therefore we suggest reading the Africa page for a complete list of regions and countries. When travelling to The Republic of the Congo from a different country please check the iPad Air 2 can be used with a 240 volt supply. If your iPad Air 2 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check 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're planning on taking a trip to a Congo city like Kinshasa or Lubumbashi we also suggest reading the The Republic of the Congo Wikipedia page [1] for more details. These instructions assume that you've have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on an iPad Air 2.

Charging an iPad Air 2 in The Republic of the Congo

Can you use an iPad Air 2 in The Republic of the Congo?

You can use an iPad Air 2 in The Republic of the Congo by using a power adaptor.

What is the best power adapter for an iPad Air 2 in The Republic of the Congo?

When travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your iPad Air 2 then the best travel charger for The Republic of the Congo to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [10]. Congolese use three different types of power outlets (types E, C and D) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type C. 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 Air 2 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers, plus additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other travel chargers this will allow you to power more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel chargers. By only bringing a single international travel charger will keep the weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage while travelling as well as being convenient for charging your iPad Air 2 at the airport or on the flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel adapters can be used back at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets and phones with just a single wall outlet.

For those travelling often we suggest searching for this type of flexible travel charger online; the travel charger illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [10] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for The Republic of the Congo

The 4 port USB travel charger [10] 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 both The Republic of the Congo 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 option for travellers originating from America going to The Republic of the Congo using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs and is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 suitable for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting The Republic of the Congo.
What is the best power adapter for an iPad Air 2 in The Republic of the Congo?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Air 2 from a Congo power outlet

A guide showing how to power an iPad Air 2 from a Congo power outlet with the USB Lightning Apple cable and a two pin Europlug Type C USB charger.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad Air 2 using the Congo power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should normally supply the cable with the iPad Air 2).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can recognise this power supply by the two round holes adjacent to each other.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Switch on the Congo 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 Air 2 is powering up and takes around 1-4 hours to recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Air 2 from a Congo power outlet

How to use a Type D power charger for charging your iPad Air 2 from a Congo power outlet

Using a Lightning connector with a Type D USB charger to charge your iPad Air 2 with a Congo power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your iPad Air 2 using the Congo power outlet you will need to buy a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - this USB cable is typically already included with the device by Apple.
  2. Start by taking the Type D USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. The wall outlet (technically called the Type D power outlet [6]) can be recognised by 3 round holes in a triangular configuration for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Switch on the Congo 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 Air 2 is powering up and takes around 1-4 hours to recharge.
How to use a Type D power charger for charging your iPad Air 2 from a Congo power outlet

Powering an iPad Air 2 with a Congo power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

Using a Lightning connector with a Type E USB charger to charge your iPad Air 2 with a Congo power outlet.

  1. To charge an iPad Air 2 from a Congo power outlet you'll need a Type E USB power adapter [9] 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 E USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. You can recognise this plug supply by the two large holes 19mm adjacent to each other with a long metal grounding pin protruding the top forming a triangle shape.
  3. Connect one end of the USB power cord into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Turn on the Congo power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is charging which should take roughly one-four hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Powering an iPad Air 2 with a Congo power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congo,_Republic_of_the - The Republic of the Congo 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 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/typeD.htm - Type D power outlet
  7. Type D USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type D mains power outlet
  8. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeE.htm - Type E power outlet
  9. Type E USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type E mains power outlet
  10. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters