How to charge your iPad Air from a power outlet in Ghana

The Wiki Connections guide on how to power your iPad Air with a Ghanaian power outlet by using the Apple Lightning cable with a Type G power charger and how to recharge the iPad Air using a three pinned Type D USB charger.

Ghanaian power outlet

Differing combinations of voltages and region codes can all cause confusion when planning on travelling to a foreign country to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of common standards used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your iPad Air in Ghana. These instructions have been written to prevent you having to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPad Air when Ghana.This page is a simple guide demonstrating what you'll need to charge the iPad Air when staying in Ghana by using the standard Type G or D 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. When you are visiting Ghana from a different region please ensure that the iPad Air can accept a 240v supply. If it was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) ensure that the iPad Air is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to avoid the device from being damaged during charging. If you intend to visit a Ghanaian destination such as Accra or Kumasi refer to the Ghana Wikipedia page [1] for further details prior to the location. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Air.

Charging the iPad Air in Ghana

Can the iPad Air be used in Ghana?

You can connect the iPad Air to a Ghanaian power outlet.

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

If travelling with more than just your iPad Air or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Ghana is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two different types of plug sockets that Ghanaians use (types G and D) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type G. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the plugs over. If your model of iPad Air supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times with one of these power adapters, along with additional support for certain power demanding devices.

Unlike other travel adapters having a 4 port charger will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to pack individual travel adapters or using up additional wall outlets. By only bringing a single travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage while travelling and suitable for recharging your iPad Air at an airport or on a flight. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets and phones without needing an additional power outlet.

We suggest buying a versatile power charger similar to this online, the multipurpose power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Ghana

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPad Air, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover 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 best selling compact option for travellers originating from North America visiting Ghana using type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at 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 Ghana.
What is the best travel charger for the iPad Air in Ghana?

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

Instructions showing how to charge the iPad Air with a Ghanaian power outlet with an Apple Lightning cable and a Type G USB adapter.

  1. In order to charge your iPad Air using a Ghanaian power outlet you will need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple normally include this cable with your iPad Air.
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type G USB power adapter in the power supply. You can recognise the wall supply by three vertical rectangular holes in a triangular pattern.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the mains power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Air.
  4. Turn on the Ghanaian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes between 1-4 hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPad Air with a Ghanaian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

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

Using a USB Lightning Apple connector and a three pinned Type D USB adapter to recharge your iPad Air from a Ghanaian power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPad Air using a Ghanaian power outlet you'll need to use a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (normally included with the iPad Air by Apple).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type D USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This power outlet, technically known as a Type D power outlet [6], can be recognised by the three round holes in a triangle configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB Apple Lightning power cord into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Air.
  4. Switch on the Ghanaian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is charging, typically taking around 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad Air with a Ghanaian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

See also

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