How to charge the iPad Air when planning a trip to Senegal

A guide showing you how to charge your iPad Air from a Senegalese power outlet using the Apple Lightning connector and a 3 pinned Type D power charger, charging the iPad Air using a Europlug Type C USB charger and charging the iPad Air using a Type E USB adapter

Senegalese power outlet

Various standards and plugs can often be daunting when planning on staying in a new country to the first time traveller. This guide was written to prevent you having to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPad Air abroad.This page has useful instructions telling you exactly what you'll need to supply power to your iPad Air when staying in Senegal by using their Type D, C, E or K Senegalese 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. If travelling to Senegal from a different country make sure that the iPad Air can be charged using a 240v supply. If your iPad Air originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts double check your iPad Air is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged whilst powering it. If you plan on visiting a Senegalese destination like Dakar or Thi├Ęs we also recommend referring to the wikipedia page about Senegal [1] for more information on the location. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Air.

Charging the iPad Air in Senegal

Can you use the iPad Air in Senegal?

Yes, you can connect the iPad Air to a Senegalese power outlet.

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What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad Air in Senegal?

When travelling to more than one country and bringing more than just your iPad Air the best travel power adapter for Senegal is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Senegalese use four different standards of wall outlets (D, C, E and K) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied heads. If your type of iPad Air can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB power chargers, along with additional support for certain power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other chargers having a 4 port adapter means you can charge more than one device at the same time without needing to buy seperate power adapters. Only bringing a single travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage and suitable for recharging your iPad Air at an airport or on a plane. Due to their versatility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets without needing an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling frequently we suggest buying this type of flexible travel adapter at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Senegal

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unreliable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, North 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 most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Senegal using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Senegal. [12]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad Air in Senegal?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Air from a Senegalese power outlet

Using a Lightning cable and a double pin Type C Europlug power charger to recharge the iPad Air with a Senegalese power outlet.

  1. In order to charge your iPad Air using a Senegalese power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (usually already included with your device by Apple).
  2. Begin by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it in the power outlet. The power supply (called the Europlug) can be identified by the 2 holes next to each other where the live and neutral pins sit.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Apple USB Lightning cord into the bottom of the mains power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Air.
  4. Turn on the Senegalese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Air is recharging which takes around 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Air from a Senegalese power outlet

How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPad Air from a Senegalese power outlet

A step by step guide showing how to recharge your iPad Air from a Senegalese power outlet by using a USB Lightning Apple connector and a Type D power charger.

  1. If you want to charge the iPad Air using a Senegalese power outlet you will need to use a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (typically already supplied with your device by Apple).
  2. Begin by taking the Type D USB power adapter and inserting it in the power outlet. You can identify this power outlet by the 3 circular holes forming a triangular configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Apple Lightning power cord into the bottom of the mains USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad Air.
  4. Switch on the Senegalese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging taking around one-four hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPad Air from a Senegalese power outlet

How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPad Air from a Senegalese power outlet

Using a Lightning Apple connector with a Type E power adapter to charge your iPad Air from a Senegalese power outlet.

  1. To power the iPad Air from a Senegalese power outlet you will need to buy a Type E USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will usually supply the USB cable when you first purchase your iPad Air).
  2. Start by taking the Type E USB power adapter and inserting it into the power supply. This sunken circular power supply can be identified by the two 4.8mm holes 19mm apart from each other where the live and neutral pins sit and a long metal earth pin protruding in the top to form a triangle configuration.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad Air.
  4. Turn on the Senegalese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up which should take between one to four hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPad Air from a Senegalese power outlet

How to use a Type K power charger for charging your iPad Air from a Senegalese power outlet

Using a Lightning Apple connector with a Type K power adapter to charge your iPad Air from a Senegalese power outlet.

  1. In order to charge your iPad Air using a Senegalese power outlet you'll need to use a Type K USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (usually already included with your device by Apple).
  2. Begin by taking the Type K USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by 3 large holes forming an upside-down triangle shape and the bottom hole appearing in a semicircular shape.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple power cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad Air.
  4. Turn on the Senegalese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up which typically takes between one to four hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type K power charger for charging your iPad Air from a Senegalese power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia page about Senegal
  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 D power outlet
  7. Type D USB power adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D USB chargers have large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, priced between $10 to $15 USD (£20-£25 GBP / under C$5).
  8. iec.ch - Type E power outlet
  9. Type E USB power adapter - There are two 4.8mm pins on Type E USB chargers which are placed 19mm apart and may include a hole for an earthing pin, priced at between $15 to $20 USD (under £10 GBP / under C$5).
  10. iec.ch - Type K power outlet
  11. Type K USB power adapter - There are three pins on a Type K USB charger comprising of two large rounded pins and a bottom semi-circular grounding pin, costing between $10 to $15 USD (£5-£10 GBP / under C$5).
  12. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated cost between $15 to $20 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).