Charging your iPad Mini from a power outlet in Rwanda

A page showing how to recharge the iPad Mini from a Rwandan power outlet with a Lightning Apple cable and a Type C Europlug power adapter and how to charge the iPad Mini using a 3 pin Type J USB plug.

Rwandan power outlet

Complicated combinations of region codes and plugs can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to another country for the first time traveller. If planning a vacation to Rwanda the following useful instructions show how to power your iPad Mini by using their standard Type J or C 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets. If you are visiting Rwanda from another country check that the iPad Mini can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure your device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to stop the device from being damaged when charging it. If you intend to visit a destination such as Kigali please refer to the Wikipedia page about Rwanda [1] for more indepth information. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in Rwanda

Can you use the iPad Mini in Rwanda?

You can use the iPad Mini in Rwanda.

What is the best power adapter for the iPad Mini in Rwanda?

If you are travelling with more than your iPad Mini the best international travel charger for Rwanda to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different types of power outlets that Rwandans use (J and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. As these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle from 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 Mini can support Fast Charge (note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times with one of these types of power adapters along with support for more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other adapters this means you can recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy seperate travel chargers on your Rwandan trip. By only needing to bring a single USB travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage. Because of their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets and smartphones without needing an additional plug socket.

If you travel regularly we suggest searching for this type of flexible travel adapter online. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested 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 any country wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These power 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 international travel converter 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 using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also 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. 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 just 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Rwanda. [8] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for the iPad Mini in Rwanda?

Powering the iPad Mini with a Rwandan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

A page showing how to recharge the iPad Mini from a Rwandan power outlet with a Lightning cable and a Type C Europlug power adapter.

  1. If you want to power the iPad Mini 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] - this USB cable is typically supplied with your iPad Mini by Apple.
  2. Start by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the wall supply. The wall outlet is recognised by 2 round holes adjacent to each other where the live and neutral pins slide into.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the mains power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad Mini.
  4. Turn on the Rwandan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging, typically taking between 1 to 4 hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad Mini with a Rwandan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

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

Using the USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type J power adapter to power the iPad Mini from a Rwandan power outlet.

  1. To charge your iPad Mini using the Rwandan power outlet you will need to use a Type J USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will usually include this USB cable with the iPad Mini.
  2. Start by plugging the Type J USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can recognise the hexagon shaped wall outlet by the three circular holes forming a triangular configuration.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB charging cord into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Mini.
  4. Switch on the Rwandan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPad Mini screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is charging and takes around 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad Mini with a Rwandan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type J USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia page about Rwanda
  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, priced between $10 to $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under 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, 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, priced at 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, between $15 to $20 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).