Charging your iPad Air 2 from a power outlet in Gambia

How to connect a Gambian power outlet to an iPad Air 2

Gambian power outlet

Complicated combinations of voltages and standards can often cause confusion when planning to travel to another country if you've never been there before. These guidelines have been written to help assist visitors wanting to power the iPad Air 2 when they are visiting abroad.If visiting Gambia the following instructions show how to power the iPad Air 2 by using a 230 volt 50Hz Type G Gambian power outlet, with the Gambians using a 13 amp plug for wall outlets. If travelling to Gambia from a different country ensure that your iPad Air 2 can accept a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v check the iPad Air 2 is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged when charging it. If you are planning on visiting a Gambian city such as Serekunda refer to the wikipedia web page about Gambia [1] for further details on travelling to the location. These instructions assume that you've have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on an iPad Air 2.

Charging an iPad Air 2 in Gambia

Can you use an iPad Air 2 in Gambia?

You can connect an iPad Air 2 to a Gambian power outlet by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best power adapter for an iPad Air 2 in Gambia?

If you are travelling with more than your iPad Air 2 the best international travel charger for Gambia to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by changing the heads over. If your type of iPad Air 2 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these travel chargers along with additional support for more power hungry devices.

Having a 4 port adapter means you can charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack multiple power chargers on your Gambian trip or occupying additional wall outlets. Because you are only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand baggage while travelling. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers without using up an additional plug socket.

If you travel to Gambia we recommend buying this type of flexible travel charger at an electronics retailer. The travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Gambia

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is crucial when visiting counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These power converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Gambia 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 best selling compact power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Gambia.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly 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. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a 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 wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Gambia.
What is the best power adapter for an iPad Air 2 in Gambia?

Charging an iPad Air 2 from a Gambian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Using a USB Lightning connector and a Type G USB charger to power an iPad Air 2 with a Gambian power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPad Air 2 from a Gambian power outlet you will need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the USB cable is typically supplied with your device by Apple).
  2. Start by plugging the Type G USB power adapter in the Gambian power outlet. The wall outlet, technically called the Type G power outlet [3], can be identified by 3 rectangular holes containing plastic shutters in a triangular pattern for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Apple charging cord into 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 bottom of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Switch on the Gambian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is charging taking around one-four hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging an iPad Air 2 from a Gambian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gambia - wikipedia web page about Gambia
  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/typeG.htm - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - Provides power from a type G mains power supply
  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