How to charge the iPad Air when planning a trip to Gabon

How to connect a Gabonese power outlet to the iPad Air

Gabonese power outlet

Complicated combinations of frequencies and region codes can often be daunting when planning on staying in a foreign country for the first time traveller. These guidelines were written to prevent travellers needing to worry if they can charge their iPad Air abroad.When you're visiting Gabon these instructions show how to power the iPad Air using a standard 220 volt 50Hz Type C power outlet, the Gabonese will use a Europlug for charging. When you are visiting Gabon from another region please make sure your iPad Air can be used with a 240 volt supply. If the iPad Air was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure the iPad Air is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from overheating when charging it. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Air.

Charging the iPad Air in Gabon

Can you use the iPad Air in Gabon?

Yes, you can connect the iPad Air to a Gabonese power outlet.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad Air in Gabon?

If travelling to more than one country the best international travel charger for Gabon is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the heads over. If your iPad Air is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these travel adapters plus compatibility with more power demanding devices. This will allow you to recharge more than one device at once without needing to pack individual travel adapters for your trip. By only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage and suitable for recharging your iPad Air at an airport or on a plane. Due to their versatility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple phones and tablets without using up an additional power outlet.

For those travelling to different continents we recommend buying this type of flexible power adapter online. The multipurpose travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Gabon

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPad Air, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Gabon and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting Gabon using type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more generous 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 majority of travellers from around the world visiting Gabon.
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad Air in Gabon?

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

Using a Lightning cable and a double pin Type C Europlug power charger to recharge the iPad Air with a Gabonese power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to your iPad Air from the Gabonese power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - the cable is typically included with the iPad Air by Apple.
  2. Begin by plugging the Type C USB power adapter in the power outlet. The power supply, also known as the Europlug, can be identified by two round holes next to each other.
  3. Then connect one end of the Lightning charging cable into the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Air.
  4. Switch on the Gabonese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up which should take between one to four hours to recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad Air with a Gabonese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

See also

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