Charging your iPad Mini 2 from a power outlet in Gambia

How to connect a Gambian power outlet to the iPad Mini 2

Gambian power outlet

Varying different frequencies and region codes can all lead to confusion when planning on travelling to 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 your iPad Mini 2 abroad.If planning a trip to Gambia these instructions show charging the iPad Mini 2 using the 230 volt 50Hz G Type Gambian power outlet, with the Gambians using a 13 amp plug for wall outlets. If you are travelling to Gambia from a different country please double check your iPad Mini 2 can be charged using a 240v supply. If the iPad Mini 2 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts make sure that your iPad Mini 2 is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged when charging it. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini 2.

Charging the iPad Mini 2 in Gambia

Can the iPad Mini 2 be used in Gambia?

Yes, you can connect the iPad Mini 2 to a Gambian power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best travel charger for the iPad Mini 2 in Gambia?

When travelling with more than your iPad Mini 2 or visiting more than one country the best travel charger for Gambia to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world simply by changing the heads over. If your type of iPad Mini 2 supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these types of USB power adapters plus additional support for certain power hungry devices.

Unlike other travel chargers having a 4 port charger will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy seperate travel chargers for your Gambian trip or occupying additional wall outlets. Because you are only packing a single international travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage. Because of their flexibility these types of power adapters can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers with just a single plug socket.

If you travel often we suggest searching for a flexible power adapter like this at your preferred electronics retailer - the travel adapter illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Gambia

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 adapter 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 Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America 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 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Gambia.
What is the best travel charger for the iPad Mini 2 in Gambia?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 2 from a Gambian power outlet

Using the USB Lightning Apple cable with a three pinned Type G power adapter to recharge your iPad Mini 2 with a Gambian power outlet.

  1. In order to power your iPad Mini 2 from a Gambian power outlet you'll need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - typically already included with the device.
  2. Plug the Type G USB power adapter into the power supply. You can identify the wall supply by the three vertical holes with shutters in a triangle pattern for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Switch on the Gambian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 2 is charging, typically taking between 1 - 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 2 from a Gambian power outlet

See also

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