How to charge your iPad 2 from a power outlet in Gambia

How to connect a Gambian power outlet to the iPad 2

Gambian power outlet

Various voltages and region codes can all be daunting when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never visited before. This guide was specifically written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPad 2 when you're in going to Gambia.If you are travelling to Gambia these instructions show how to power the iPad 2 using their standard 230 volt 50Hz Type G Gambian plug outlet, the Gambians will use 13 amp plugs for power outlets. If travelling to Gambia from another region check your iPad 2 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v ensure the iPad 2 is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to prevent the device from over-heating when powering up. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 2.

Charging the iPad 2 in Gambia

Can the iPad 2 be used in Gambia?

You can use the iPad 2 in Gambia by using the correct power adaptor.

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

When travelling with more than your iPad 2 or visiting multiple countries the best travel adapter for Gambia to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger.

As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the plugs over. If your model of iPad 2 supports Fast Charge (note not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB power chargers along with additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices.

This means you can recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack seperate power adapters or using up additional power outlets. Because you are only needing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage while travelling and suitable for charging your iPad 2 at an airport or on a plane. Due to their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones, tablets and e-readers without needing an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling on a regular basis we recommend buying a versatile travel charger similar to this online. The power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Gambia

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 2, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Gambia.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also 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 more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Gambia. [6] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad 2 in Gambia?

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

Using a USB 30-pin cable with a Type G USB adapter to charge your iPad 2 from a Gambian power outlet.

  1. To supply power to your iPad 2 from the Gambian power outlet you'll need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should typically include the cable with your iPad 2).
  2. First plug the Type G USB power adapter into the Gambian power outlet. The power supply (technically known as a Type G power outlet [3]) can be identified by the three slots containing plastic shutters in a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth pins.
  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 2. The iPad 2 dock connector is found at the base of the iPad 2.
  4. Switch on the Gambian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad 2 will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up which typically takes between 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
Charging the iPad 2 from a Gambian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Gambia country entry on
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - A Type G USB charger has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin, between $10 to $15 USD (under £15 GBP / under C$15).
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, costs around $5 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$10-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 (under £15 GBP / under C$20).