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

The Wiki Connections page showing how to recharge your iPad Air from a Congo power outlet with the USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type D USB charger, charging the iPad Air using a Type C Europlug power charger and how to charge the iPad Air using a 2 pin Type E power adapter

Congo power outlet

Differing voltages and plug types can often be daunting when planning to visit a new country, especially if you've never been there before. However this isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards being used in the world this article shows exactly what you'll need to pick up in advance to power your iPad Air . These instructions have been written to stop you having to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPad Air when you are abroad.This page has step-by-step instructions which shows how to supply power to the iPad Air when you're visiting The Republic of the Congo using the types E, C or D 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets. Power sockets will vary depending on which area you are travelling to so please read the Africa and power supplies page for a full list of regions and countries. When travelling to The Republic of the Congo from a different country please check the iPad Air can accept a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure that your iPad Air is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to avoid the device from overheating during charging. If you're planning on travelling to a destination such as Kinshasa read the Wikipedia entry about The Republic of the Congo [1] for further details. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Air.

Charging the iPad Air in The Republic of the Congo

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

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

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

When travelling with more than just your iPad Air and visiting multiple countries the best international 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]. There are three standards of plug sockets in The Republic of the Congo (E, C and D) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your type of iPad Air is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel adapters along with compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

Unlike other adapters this will allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to pack multiple power adapters for your Congo trip. By only bringing a single international travel charger will keep the overall size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage and convenient for recharging your iPad Air at the airport or on your flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel adapters can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers without using up an additional wall outlet.

If you travel to different places we suggest searching for a versatile power charger like this at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated here 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 who only have USB devices such as the iPad Air, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unstable power supplies. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, 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 most popular portable 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 - Likewise 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. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting The Republic of the Congo.
What is the best power adapter for the iPad Air in The Republic of the Congo?

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

The Wiki Connections page showing how to charge your iPad Air with a Congo power outlet with the USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type C Europlug power adapter.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPad Air using a Congo power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - this USB cable is normally already included with the device.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can identify the power supply by the two adjacent holes for live and neutral pins.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB charging cord into the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Air.
  4. Turn 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 is powering up which typically takes roughly 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Air from a Congo power outlet

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

The Wiki Connections page showing how to recharge your iPad Air from a Congo power outlet with the USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type D USB charger.

  1. If you want to power your iPad Air from a Congo power outlet you'll need a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - this USB cable is typically already supplied with your iPad Air.
  2. Start by taking the Type D USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. The wall outlet, sometimes known as the Type D power outlet [6], looks like 3 round holes in a triangular configuration.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Apple Lightning power cable into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad Air.
  4. Turn on the Congo power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad Air screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is charging and takes around 1-4 hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type D power charger for charging your iPad Air from a Congo power outlet

Charging the iPad Air from a Congo power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

Using a Lightning Apple cable and a 2 pin Type E power adapter to power the iPad Air from a Congo power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPad Air from a Congo power outlet you'll need a Type E USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - typically supplied with your iPad Air.
  2. Start by plugging the Type E USB power adapter into the wall supply. The sunken round power supply can be recognised by two circular holes 19mm apart from each other with a single metal earth pin protruding in the top forming a triangular shape.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad Air.
  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 is charging which takes between 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPad Air from a Congo power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congo,_Republic_of_the - Wikipedia entry about The Republic of the Congo
  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