How to charge your iPad 3 from a power outlet in Rwanda

Using a USB 30-pin Apple connector and a two pinned Type C USB adapter to recharge your iPad 3 from a Rwandan power outlet and charging the iPad 3 using a 3 pinned Type J power plug.

Rwandan power outlet

Various standards and plugs can often be daunting when planning on visiting another country, especially if you've never visited before. These instructions were written to prevent you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPad 3 when Rwanda.If you are visiting Rwanda this page contains instructions showing how to charge your iPad 3 using their standard types J or C Rwandan 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets. When you are visiting Rwanda from a different region please ensure that the iPad 3 can accept a 240v supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v ensure the iPad 3 is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to stop the device from over-heating whilst powering it. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 3.

Charging the iPad 3 in Rwanda

Can you use the iPad 3 in Rwanda?

Yes, you can use the iPad 3 in Rwanda by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best power charger for the iPad 3 in Rwanda?

If travelling with more than just your iPad 3 or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Rwanda is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two different standards of wall outlets that Banyarwanda use (types J and C) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by changing the plugs. If your type of iPad 3 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of USB power chargers plus compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets. This means you can power multiple devices at the same time without needing to bring multiple travel chargers for your Rwandan trip or occupying additional power outlets. Only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage whilst travelling and suitable for recharging your iPad 3 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 so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets with only a single plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we recommend buying this type of flexible power charger at an electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Rwanda

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices via USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These travel converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Rwanda 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 Rwanda.
  • 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 originating from the US using type B plugs and gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 Rwanda.
What is the best power charger for the iPad 3 in Rwanda?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad 3 from a Rwandan power outlet

Using a 30 pin Apple connector and a 2 pinned Type C USB charger to power your iPad 3 from a Rwandan power outlet.

  1. If you want to power the iPad 3 from the Rwandan power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple normally include this cable with your iPad 3).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the power outlet. This power outlet (called a Europlug or Type C power outlet [3]) is recognised by the two circular adjacent holes next to each other.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the mains power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad 3.
  4. Turn on the Rwandan 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 tablet is powering up which should take between one-four hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad 3 from a Rwandan power outlet

Powering the iPad 3 with a Rwandan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type J USB adapter

The Wiki Connections guide on how to power your iPad 3 with a Rwandan power outlet by using a 30 pin cable with a Type J power charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad 3 using a Rwandan power outlet you'll need to use a Type J USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple will normally include the cable when you first purchase the iPad 3.
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type J USB power adapter in the Rwandan power outlet. You can identify the flattened hexagon shaped plug supply by 3 round holes forming a flattened triangular shape.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad 3.
  4. Turn on the Rwandan 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 taking between 1-4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad 3 with a Rwandan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type J USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rwanda - Rwanda Wikipedia web 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/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet, costing between $10 to $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / under C$20).
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, between $5 to $10 USD (£5-£10 GBP / under C$15).
  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, estimated cost between $10 to $15 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, estimated cost between $10 to $15 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).