Charging the iPad 4 when staying in Ghana

The WikiConnections guide showing how to recharge the iPad 4 from a Ghanaian power outlet using a USB Lightning Apple connector with a three pin Type G USB charger and recharging the iPad 4 using a three pinned Type D power charger.

Ghanaian power outlet

Various combinations of frequencies and standards can all be confusing when planning on visiting a new country especially if you've never been there before. If you are staying in Ghana this page contains instructions showing you how to charge your iPad 4 by using the Type G or D Ghanaian 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. When visiting Ghana from another country double check the iPad 4 can be charged using a 240v supply. If your iPad 4 came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure the device 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 whilst powering it up. If you intend to visit a place like Accra or Kumasi read the wikipedia.org entry about Ghana [1] for further details. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 4.

Charging the iPad 4 in Ghana

Can you use the iPad 4 in Ghana?

Yes, you can connect the iPad 4 to a Ghanaian power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad 4 in Ghana?

When travelling with more than your iPad 4 the best travel power adapter for Ghana is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Ghanaians use two different standards of wall outlets (G and D) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type G.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world just by changing the heads over. If your iPad 4 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these USB travel chargers along with support for more power hungry devices. Unlike other travel adapters this means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to buy multiple power chargers or occupying additional power sockets. By only needing a single international travel charger will keep the overall size down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage while travelling and on hand for charging your iPad 4 at the airport or on a plane. Due to their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and speakers and using only a single power outlet.

If you travel regularly we suggest buying this type of versatile travel charger at your preferred electronics retailer; the multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Ghana

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary for visitors of regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North 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 portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Ghana.
  • 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 and is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Ghana.
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad 4 in Ghana?

Powering the iPad 4 with a Ghanaian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

The WikiConnections guide showing how to recharge the iPad 4 from a Ghanaian power outlet using a USB Lightning Apple connector with a three pin Type G USB charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to your iPad 4 from a Ghanaian power outlet you will need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (usually already included with the iPad 4).
  2. Start by taking the Type G USB power adapter and inserting it in the Ghanaian power outlet. The wall supply (sometimes known as a Type G power outlet [3]) looks like 3 rectangular holes with shutters in a triangle pattern.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB Lightning cord into the mains USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad 4.
  4. Turn on the Ghanaian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad 4 will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging which should take around 1 - 4 hours to recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad 4 with a Ghanaian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Powering the iPad 4 with a Ghanaian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

Simple instructions showing you how to power your iPad 4 with a Ghanaian power outlet with a Lightning connector and a Type D USB adapter.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad 4 from a Ghanaian power outlet you will need to use a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the USB cable is usually included with the iPad 4).
  2. Start by plugging the Type D USB power adapter in the Ghanaian power outlet. This wall outlet, technically called a Type D power outlet [6], looks like 3 circular holes forming a triangle configuration.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad 4.
  4. Switch on the Ghanaian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes roughly 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPad 4 with a Ghanaian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghana - wikipedia.org entry about Ghana
  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. 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