Charging an iPad Air 2 when staying in Rwanda

Using a USB Lightning Apple cable with a double pin Type C power adapter to recharge your iPad Air 2 with a Rwandan power outlet and charging an iPad Air 2 using a 3 pin Type J USB plug.

Rwandan power outlet

Complicated combinations of voltages and standards can often be daunting when planning to travel to another country if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this article shows exactly what you'll need to purchase in advance to charge your iPad Air 2 . These guidelines have been specifically written to help assist visitors wanting to power the iPad Air 2 when they are visiting abroad.If visiting Rwanda the following instructions show how to power the iPad Air 2 by using the Type J or C Rwandan 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. If travelling to Rwanda from a different country please ensure that your iPad Air 2 can accept a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v double check the device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to prevent the device from over-heating when charging it. These instructions assume that you've have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on an iPad Air 2.

Charging an iPad Air 2 in Rwanda

Can the iPad Air 2 be used in Rwanda?

Yes, you can connect an iPad Air 2 to a Rwandan power outlet.

What is the best travel charger for recharging an iPad Air 2 in Rwanda?

When travelling to multiple countries then the best travel adapter for Rwanda to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Banyarwanda use two different standards of power outlets (J and C) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by changing the heads over. If your iPad Air 2 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these types of travel adapters and additional support for more power hungry devices.

Having a four port adapter means you can power more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack multiple travel chargers on your Rwandan trip or occupying additional wall sockets. Because you are only bringing a single USB travel charger will keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage while travelling. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend buying this type of flexible travel charger at your preferred electronics retailer, the travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Rwanda

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 the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Rwanda and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 compact power adapter for travellers originating from North America going to Rwanda.
  • 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 from the US using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Rwanda.
What is the best travel charger for recharging an iPad Air 2 in Rwanda?

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad Air 2 from a Rwandan power outlet

Using a USB Lightning Apple cable with a double pin Type C power adapter to recharge your iPad Air 2 with a Rwandan power outlet.

  1. To charge your iPad Air 2 using the Rwandan power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], the USB cable is typically supplied with the device by Apple.
  2. Plug in the Type C USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can recognise the wall outlet by the 2 circular holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB Apple power cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Switch on the Rwandan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging which should take around 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad Air 2 from a Rwandan power outlet

Powering an iPad Air 2 with a Rwandan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type J USB adapter

Using a Lightning Apple cable and a Type J power adapter to recharge your iPad Air 2 with a Rwandan power outlet.

  1. To power the iPad Air 2 using the Rwandan power outlet you'll need a Type J USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple usually supply the cable when you buy the iPad Air 2).
  2. Begin by inserting the Type J USB power adapter into the Rwandan power outlet. You can identify this flattened hexagon shaped wall outlet by three large holes forming a flattened triangle shape for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Turn on the Rwandan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up taking between 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Powering an iPad Air 2 with a Rwandan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type J USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rwanda - Wikipedia.org entry about Rwanda
  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/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet
  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/typeJ.htm - Type J power outlet
  7. Type J USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type J 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