How to charge the iPad Mini 2 when staying in Rwanda

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge the iPad Mini 2 with a Rwandan power outlet by using a USB Lightning cable with a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter and charging the iPad Mini 2 using a 3 pinned Type J USB adapter.

Rwandan power outlet

Various region codes and plugs can often be confusing when planning to travel to a different country if you've never visited before. These instructions were written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPad Mini 2 when you're going abroad.This page is a step-by-step guide showing you what you'll need to charge your iPad Mini 2 when you are visiting Rwanda by using the standard Type J or C Rwandan 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. If visiting Rwanda from another region please ensure the iPad Mini 2 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If the iPad Mini 2 originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts ensure the iPad Mini 2 is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to prevent the device from being damaged whilst powering it. If you are planning to stay at a Rwandan destination like Kigali please read the Rwandan Wikipedia page [1] for more information on visiting the area. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini 2.

Charging the iPad Mini 2 in Rwanda

Can the iPad Mini 2 be used in Rwanda?

You can connect the iPad Mini 2 to a Rwandan power outlet by using a power convertor.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad Mini 2 in Rwanda?

When you are travelling with more than just your iPad Mini 2 or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for Rwanda to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two different standards of power outlets in Rwanda (types J and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by changing the supplied heads over. If your model of iPad Mini 2 can support Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters this will also allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring multiple travel adapters on your trip to Rwanda or occupying additional power outlets. By only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling and suitable for recharging your iPad Mini 2 at the airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets without using up an additional power outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend searching for this type of versatile travel adapter online, the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign 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 who only have USB devices such as the iPad Mini 2, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact option for travellers originating from North America going to Rwanda using 3 pinned type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs. This offers practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half the 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Rwanda.
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad Mini 2 in Rwanda?

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

Instructions on how to recharge the iPad Mini 2 with a Rwandan power outlet by using a USB Lightning cable with a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter.

  1. In order to charge the iPad Mini 2 from the Rwandan power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this cable is usually already supplied with the iPad Mini 2 by Apple).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it into the Rwandan power outlet. The plug outlet, sometimes known as the Europlug, is recognised by the two circular holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the mains USB adapter 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. Turn on the Rwandan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up, typically taking around 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad Mini 2 with a Rwandan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Type J power charger for charging your iPad Mini 2 from a Rwandan power outlet

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge the iPad Mini 2 with a Rwandan power outlet by using a USB Lightning cable with a 3 pinned Type J USB adapter.

  1. If you want to power your iPad Mini 2 using a Rwandan power outlet you will need to buy a Type J USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (typically included with your device).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type J USB power adapter and plugging it into the Rwandan power outlet. The squashed hexagon shaped power outlet, technically known as the Type J power outlet [6], can be recognised by the three large round holes forming a flattened triangular pattern for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the mains USB adapter 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. Turn on the Rwandan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up, typically taking around 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type J power charger for charging your iPad Mini 2 from a Rwandan power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rwanda - Rwandan Wikipedia 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
  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. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters