Charging the iPad when staying in Sierra Leone

Instructions showing how to charge your iPad from a Sierra Leonean power outlet with the USB 30-pin Apple cable with a three pin Type G USB charger and charging the iPad using a 3 pin Type D USB charger.

Sierra Leonean power outlet

Varying different voltages and region codes can often be daunting when planning to travel to another country especially to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of common standards being used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what to purchase in advance to charge the iPad . These instructions were specifically written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPad when you are travelling to Sierra Leone.This step-by-step guide tells you how to charge your iPad in Sierra Leone using their standard types G or D 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. You'll discover that power sockets will vary depending on which country you are visiting therefore we suggest reading the World power supplies page for a full list of countries. When you are visiting Sierra Leone from another region please double check your iPad can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If your iPad originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) double check the iPad is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to stop the device from being damaged whilst powering it. If you intend to visit a place like Freetown or Bo read the wikipedia page about Sierra Leone [1] for further details. This page details the original iPad first generation, visit the Apple category page for the latest range of Apple iPads. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 5 or greater on the iPad.

Charging the iPad in Sierra Leone

Can you use the iPad in Sierra Leone?

You can connect the iPad to a Sierra Leonean power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best travel charger for the iPad in Sierra Leone?

When you are travelling with more than your iPad the best travel power adapter for Sierra Leone is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Sierra Leoneans use two different standards of wall outlets (types G and D) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type G.

Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the included heads. If your type of iPad can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these types of USB power adapters, plus compatibility with more power demanding devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port adapter will also allow you to power multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy seperate travel adapters. Only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand luggage and convenient for charging your iPad at the airport or on a flight. Because of their versatility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and speakers and using only a single power outlet.

If you travel on a regular basis we suggest buying this type of versatile travel charger at your preferred electronics retailer - the power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Sierra Leone

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, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Sierra Leone and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor 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 Sierra Leone.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs and gives almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half the 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 perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Sierra Leone. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for the iPad in Sierra Leone?

Charging the iPad from a Sierra Leonean power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Instructions showing how to charge your iPad from a Sierra Leonean power outlet with the USB 30-pin Apple cable with a three pin Type G USB charger.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad from the Sierra Leonean power outlet you will need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (usually already included with your iPad).
  2. Firstly plug the Type G USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can recognise this power outlet by three vertical holes forming a triangular configuration.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector is found at the bottom of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the Sierra Leonean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is charging, typically taking between 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
Charging the iPad from a Sierra Leonean power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

How to use a Type D power charger for charging your iPad from a Sierra Leonean power outlet

Using an Apple USB 30-pin connector with a Type D USB adapter to power the iPad with a Sierra Leonean power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPad from the Sierra Leonean power outlet you will need a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (typically already included with your iPad by Apple).
  2. Insert the Type D USB power adapter into the Sierra Leonean power outlet. You can recognise this power outlet by the three round holes in a triangle pattern for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector can be found at the base of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the Sierra Leonean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes around 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type D power charger for charging your iPad from a Sierra Leonean power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia page about Sierra Leone
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - A Type G USB charger has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin, between $10 to $15 USD (around £15 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, priced between $5 to $10 USD (around £5 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, estimated price between $10 to $15 USD (under £25 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 price between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).