How to charge the iPad 4 in Sierra Leone

Instructions showing how to power the iPad 4 with a Sierra Leonean power outlet with the USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type G USB adapter and powering the iPad 4 using a Type D USB adapter.

Sierra Leonean power outlet

Various standards and plugs can all be confusing when planning to visit another country if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of standards being used in the world this guide tells you exactly what to purchase in advance to charge the iPad 4 . When you are going to travel to Sierra Leone these useful instructions show how to power the iPad 4 by using the G or D type Sierra Leonean 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets. Most power sockets will change from region to region therefore we recommend reading the Wiki Connections world power sockets guide for a complete list showing charging devices in different destinations. When you are visiting Sierra Leone from another country please check your iPad 4 can be charged using a 240v supply. If your iPad 4 originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) double check the iPad 4 is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to stop the device from over-heating during charging. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 4.

Charging the iPad 4 in Sierra Leone

Can the iPad 4 be used in Sierra Leone?

Yes, you can use the iPad 4 in Sierra Leone.

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad 4 in Sierra Leone?

If travelling to multiple countries and bringing more than just your iPad 4 the best international travel charger for Sierra Leone is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different types of plug sockets in Sierra Leone (types G and D) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type G. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the included heads. If your type of iPad 4 supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these types of USB power chargers, and compatibility with more power demanding devices.

This will allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring individual power adapters on your Sierra Leonean trip or using up additional wall outlets. Because you are only packing a single travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Due to their space saving versatility these types of chargers can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers without using up an additional wall outlet.

We suggest searching for this type of versatile power charger at an electronics retailer, the travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Sierra Leone

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPad 4, 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 travellers to counties with unreliable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Sierra Leone and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Sierra Leone using 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 is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a flexible 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 Sierra Leone. [8] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad 4 in Sierra Leone?

Powering the iPad 4 with a Sierra Leonean power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Using a Lightning Apple cable with a three pin Type G USB charger to recharge the iPad 4 from a Sierra Leonean power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad 4 from a Sierra Leonean power outlet you will need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this USB cable is usually included with the iPad 4).
  2. Start by plugging the Type G USB power adapter in the Sierra Leonean power outlet. This wall outlet (technically known as a Type G power outlet [3]) looks like 3 vertical rectangular slots with shutters in a triangle pattern for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB Apple power cable into the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad 4.
  4. Turn on the Sierra Leonean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad 4 will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging which takes around one-four hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad 4 with a Sierra Leonean power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Charging the iPad 4 from a Sierra Leonean power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

A guide showing how to power the iPad 4 with a Sierra Leonean power outlet with a USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type D USB charger.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad 4 from the Sierra Leonean power outlet you will need to buy a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple should typically include this cable when you buy the iPad 4.
  2. Start by taking the Type D USB power adapter and inserting it in the power outlet. The power supply (sometimes known as the Type D power outlet [6]) looks like three holes forming a triangular configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Apple power cable into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad 4.
  4. Switch on the Sierra Leonean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up which should take between 60-240 minutes to fully recharge.
Charging the iPad 4 from a Sierra Leonean power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Sierra Leone page on Wikipedia.org
  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, estimated cost around $10 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$10-C$15).
  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$25).
  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, between $10 to $15 USD (£5-£10 GBP / around C$25).
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced at under $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).