Charging your iPad 4 from a power outlet in Gabon

Using a Lightning cable and a 2 pin Europlug Type C power adapter to power the iPad 4 from a Gabonese power outlet.

Gabonese power outlet

Varying different region codes and voltages can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never been there before. These instructions have been written to stop you having to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPad 4 when staying in Gabon.This page contains instructions telling you how to charge your iPad 4 when travelling to Gabon using the 220 volt 50Hz Type C plug outlet, with the Gabonese using Europlugs for charging. You will discover that power sockets change depending on which area you are travelling to so please read the power supplies and Africa page for a full list of regions and countries. When travelling to Gabon from another region ensure that your iPad 4 can be charged using a 240v supply. If your iPad 4 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check that your iPad 4 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. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 4.

Charging the iPad 4 in Gabon

Can the iPad 4 be used in Gabon?

Yes, you can connect the iPad 4 to a Gabonese power outlet by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPad 4 in Gabon?

When travelling to more than one country or bringing more than your iPad 4 then the best travel adapter for Gabon is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. As these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by switching the supplied plugs over. If your iPad 4 can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these types of travel chargers, and compatibility with certain power hungry devices. This will also allow you to power more than one device at once without needing to buy individual power adapters. Only needing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand baggage. Because of their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers with just a single wall outlet.

We recommend buying a versatile power charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer - the travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Gabon

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPad 4, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting Gabon 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 travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet for almost half the 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 suitable for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Gabon. [6] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPad 4 in Gabon?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from a Gabonese power outlet

Using the USB Lightning Apple cable with a Type C Europlug USB charger to charge your iPad 4 with a Gabonese power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPad 4 from a Gabonese power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple usually include this cable with the iPad 4.
  2. Start by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the power supply. You can identify the wall outlet by the two adjacent holes where the live and neutral pins go.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the mains USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad 4.
  4. Turn on the Gabonese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is charging, typically taking between 1 to 4 hours to recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from a Gabonese power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia entry about Gabon
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, estimated price between $10 to $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).
  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, priced at between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / under C$15).
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, between $15 to $20 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).