Charging the iPad Mini 2 in Ghana

Instructions on how to charge your iPad Mini 2 from a Ghanaian power outlet using a USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type G USB adapter and recharging the iPad Mini 2 using a Type D power adapter.

Ghanaian power outlet

Varying different region codes and sockets can all be daunting when planning on staying in a foreign country especially if you've never been there before. If visiting Ghana these instructions show how to power your iPad Mini 2 by using the standard G or D type 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets. When you are travelling to Ghana from another country please check your iPad Mini 2 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts double check your iPad Mini 2 is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to prevent the device from overloading 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 Ghana

Can you use the iPad Mini 2 in Ghana?

Yes, you can connect the iPad Mini 2 to a Ghanaian power outlet.

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

When you are travelling to more than one country then the best international travel charger for Ghana to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Ghanaians use two different standards of power outlets (G and D) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type G.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the included heads over. If your iPad Mini 2 can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these travel adapters, plus compatibility with more power demanding devices.

Unlike other travel chargers this means you can charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack individual travel adapters for your trip or using up additional wall outlets. Because you are only needing to bring a single travel charger will also keep the overall size down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage while travelling. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of chargers can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets and smartphones using just a single wall outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible power adapter at an electronics retailer - the power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different 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 who only have USB devices such as the iPad Mini 2, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 converter for travellers originating from North America going to Ghana using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise 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 offers almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at almost half the 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Ghana.
What is the best travel charger for the iPad Mini 2 in Ghana?

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

Using a USB Lightning cable and a three pinned Type G USB charger to recharge the iPad Mini 2 with a Ghanaian power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge your iPad Mini 2 using a Ghanaian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the USB cable is usually included with the iPad Mini 2).
  2. First plug in the Type G USB power adapter into the Ghanaian power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by three vertical slots containing plastic shutters in a triangular pattern for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB mains charger 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 Ghanaian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad Mini 2 will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging which typically takes around 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 2 from a Ghanaian power outlet

Charging the iPad Mini 2 from a Ghanaian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

Using a USB Lightning cable and a three pinned Type D power charger to recharge the iPad Mini 2 with a Ghanaian power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPad Mini 2 using the Ghanaian power outlet you'll need a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the cable is normally supplied with the device).
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type D USB power adapter in the power supply. This power outlet (technically called a Type D power outlet [6]) looks like three holes in a triangular pattern for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Switch on the Ghanaian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad Mini 2 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging which typically takes around 1 - 4 hours to completely recharge.
Charging the iPad Mini 2 from 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, estimated cost under $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  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, around $5 USD (£4-£5 GBP / C$130-C$140).
  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, costing between $15 to $20 USD (around £20 GBP / under C$20).
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costs under $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).