How to charge the iPad from a power outlet in Gabon

How to connect a Gabonese power outlet to the iPad

Gabonese power outlet

Various region codes and plugs can often cause confusion when planning on visiting a foreign country for the first time traveller. These instructions were specifically written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPad when visiting abroad.If you're going to Gabon these instructions show how to power the iPad using their 220 volt 50Hz Type C Gabonese plug outlet, the Gabonese will use Europlugs for wall outlets. If travelling to Gabon from another country check your iPad can accept a 240 volt supply. If the iPad was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) double check the iPad is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from over-heating during charging. 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 are running Apple iOS 5 or greater on the iPad.

Charging the iPad in Gabon

Can you use the iPad in Gabon?

Yes, you can use the iPad in Gabon by using a power convertor.

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

When travelling with more than your iPad and visiting multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Gabon is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the included heads over. If your iPad is compatible with Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB power chargers and additional compatibility with more power demanding devices. Unlike other travel adapters having a 4 port adapter means you can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple travel chargers for your trip. Only needing to pack a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage while travelling and suitable for recharging your iPad at an airport or on a plane. Because of their flexibility these types of adapters can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets with only a single wall outlet.

We suggest buying this type of versatile travel adapter online. The power adapter illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Gabon

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPad, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for travellers to regions with unreliable power supplies. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Gabon and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Gabon.
  • 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 originating from the US using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half the 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 wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Gabon.
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad in Gabon?

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

Using a USB 30 pin cable with a Type C USB adapter to charge the iPad from a Gabonese power outlet.

  1. To supply power to your iPad from the Gabonese power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple should usually supply the USB cable when you purchase the iPad.
  2. First plug in the Type C USB power adapter into the wall outlet. The plug supply is recognised by the two round adjacent holes for live and neutral.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the mains power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the Gabonese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is charging which takes around 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad from a Gabonese power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gabon - Wikipedia.org page about Gabon
  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. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters