Charging your iPad Air from a power outlet in Rwanda

Using the USB Lightning Apple connector with a double pin Type C USB adapter to power the iPad Air from a Rwandan power outlet and charging the iPad Air using a three pin Type J power charger.

Rwandan power outlet

Various combinations of voltages and standards can often be confusing when planning on travelling to a new country, especially for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of sockets being used in the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge the iPad Air in Rwanda. This guide has been written to prepare travellers wanting to power the iPad Air when they're travelling to Rwanda.These step by step instructions shows you exactly what you'll need to power the iPad Air when you're visiting Rwanda using the standard J or C type Rwandan 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. If travelling to Rwanda from a different country please make sure your iPad Air can be charged using a 240v supply. If your iPad Air was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) ensure your iPad Air is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to avoid the device from being damaged when charging it. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Air.

Charging the iPad Air in Rwanda

Can the iPad Air be used in Rwanda?

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

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

If travelling to more than one country or bringing along more than your iPad Air the best international travel adapter for Rwanda to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different types of wall outlets that Rwandans use (J and C) and using a travel adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the supplied plugs. If your iPad Air supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these USB travel chargers, and compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets. Having a four port adapter means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to bring individual power adapters or occupying additional power sockets. Only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets and phones without needing an additional plug socket.

If you travel to Rwanda we recommend buying a versatile power adapter of this nature online; the power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Rwanda

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPad Air, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, 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 power adapter for travellers originating from North America going to Rwanda.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs. This is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet for 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Rwanda. [8]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad Air in Rwanda?

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

Using the USB Lightning Apple connector with a double pin Type C USB adapter to power the iPad Air from a Rwandan power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPad Air using the Rwandan power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], the cable is normally already included with your iPad Air.
  2. Start by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can identify the wall supply by the two round holes next to each other.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Apple Lightning charging cord into the bottom of the USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Air.
  4. Switch on the Rwandan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging, typically taking roughly one to four hours to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad Air from a Rwandan power outlet

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

A page showing how to recharge the iPad Air from a Rwandan power outlet with the USB Lightning Apple cable with a Type J power adapter.

  1. To charge your iPad Air using the Rwandan power outlet you will need a Type J USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], the USB cable is normally already supplied with your iPad Air by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type J USB power adapter and inserting it in the wall supply. You can recognise this flattened hexagon shaped wall outlet by three circular holes forming a triangular shape.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Air.
  4. Switch on the Rwandan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPad Air screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Air is powering up taking roughly one-four hours to recharge.
Powering the iPad Air with a Rwandan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type J USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Rwandan country page on Wikipedia.org
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, under $15 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$4-C$5).
  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, between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / under C$15).
  6. iec.ch - Type J power outlet
  7. Type J USB power adapter - Type J USB chargers have three rounded pins placed in a flattened triangular pattern with the top pin acting as an earth, under $15 USD (£20-£25 GBP / C$4-C$5).
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costing between $15 to $20 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).