How to charge your iPad from a power outlet in Ghana

Using a USB 30 pin Apple connector with a Type G power charger to charge the iPad with a Ghanaian power outlet and how to charge the iPad using a three pin Type D USB charger.

Ghanaian power outlet

Varying different combinations of frequencies and standards can often lead to confusion when planning on staying in a foreign country to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what to buy in advance to power the iPad . These instructions were written to stop you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPad abroad.The following step-by-step guide will show you how to power the iPad when you are travelling to Ghana by using the G or D type 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets. If travelling to Ghana from a different region check the iPad can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) ensure that the device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from overloading when charging it. This page details the original iPad first generation, visit the Apple category page for the latest range of Apple iPads. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 5 or greater on the iPad.

Charging the iPad in Ghana

Can the iPad be used in Ghana?

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

What is the best travel charger for the iPad in Ghana?

If you are travelling to more than one country the best international travel power adapter for Ghana is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Ghanaians use two different standards of power outlets (G and D) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type G. Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied heads. If your iPad supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times with one of these travel adapters, plus support for more power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other chargers this will also allow you to power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple travel chargers for your trip. By only bringing a single travel charger will also keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage whilst travelling. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets and smartphones with only a single wall outlet.

We suggest searching for this type of versatile travel charger at an electronics retailer; the multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Ghana

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices via USB, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unreliable power supplies. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Ghana 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 going to Ghana using type B American plug sockets.
  • 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 from North America using type B plugs. This gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Ghana.
What is the best travel charger for the iPad in Ghana?

Powering the iPad with a Ghanaian 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 from a Ghanaian power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPad using the Ghanaian power outlet you'll need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will usually supply the USB cable when you purchase the iPad).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type G USB power adapter into the power outlet. You can recognise the power supply by three vertical rectangular slots with shutters forming a triangular configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple 30 pin USB cord into the bottom of the mains USB charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the Ghanaian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is charging, typically taking around one-four hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPad with a Ghanaian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPad from a Ghanaian power outlet

Using a USB 30 pin Apple connector with a Type D power charger to recharge the iPad with a Ghanaian power outlet.

  1. To power the iPad from a Ghanaian power outlet you will need a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], normally already supplied with the device.
  2. Insert the Type D USB power adapter in the Ghanaian power outlet. The wall supply (sometimes called a Type D power outlet [6]) can be recognised by the 3 holes in a triangular pattern.
  3. Connect one end of the cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector is found at the bottom of the iPad.
  4. Turn on the Ghanaian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging and takes roughly 60-240 minutes to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPad from a Ghanaian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghana - wikipedia entry about Ghana
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1632/en_US/ipad_ios5_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 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeD.htm - Type D power outlet
  7. Type D USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type D mains power outlet
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters