Charging your iPad Air from a power outlet in Sierra Leone

Using a USB Lightning connector and a Type G USB charger to recharge the iPad Air from a Sierra Leonean power outlet and powering the iPad Air using a three pinned Type D power charger.

Sierra Leonean power outlet

Complicated standards and sockets can often lead to confusion when planning to stay in another country especially to the first time traveller. These instructions were specifically written to prevent you having to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPad Air abroad.This step-by-step guide will show exactly how to supply power to the iPad Air when visiting Sierra Leone using their standard G or D type 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets. When travelling to Sierra Leone from a different country ensure that your iPad Air can accept a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) double check the device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional converter to prevent the device from overloading when charging it. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Air.

Charging the iPad Air in Sierra Leone

Can you use the iPad Air in Sierra Leone?

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

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

When travelling to multiple countries then the best travel adapter for Sierra Leone is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two different types of plug sockets in Sierra Leone (types G and D) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type G.

As these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the supplied plugs over. If your iPad Air supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster charging times with one of these types of power adapters plus additional support for certain power hungry devices. This will also allow you to power more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack multiple travel chargers on your Sierra Leonean trip or occupying additional wall outlets. Because you are only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand baggage while travelling. Because of their flexibility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets using just a single power outlet.

If you travel on a regular basis we suggest searching for a versatile power adapter of this nature online; the multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Sierra Leone

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable power grids. These power adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, North 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 power adapter for travellers originating from North America going to Sierra Leone.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise 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 and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just one 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Sierra Leone.
What is the best travel charger for the iPad Air in Sierra Leone?

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

Using the Apple USB Lightning cable and a Type G power adapter to power your iPad Air with a Sierra Leonean power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPad Air 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] (Apple normally supply the USB cable with the iPad Air).
  2. Plug in the Type G USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can recognise this wall outlet by three vertical holes with plastic shutters forming a triangle pattern for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB power adapter 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. Switch on the Sierra Leonean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is charging taking around one-four hours to recharge.
Charging the iPad Air 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 Air from a Sierra Leonean power outlet

Instructions showing how to charge your iPad Air from a Sierra Leonean power outlet with the USB Lightning Apple connector with a three pin Type D power charger.

  1. To charge your iPad Air using the Sierra Leonean power outlet you'll need a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple typically supply the USB cable with the iPad Air.
  2. Start by plugging the Type D USB power adapter in the Sierra Leonean power outlet. The wall outlet, technically called the Type D power outlet [6], can be identified by the 3 circular holes forming a triangle shape.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Air.
  4. Turn on the Sierra Leonean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up and takes roughly 1 to 4 hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type D power charger for charging your iPad Air from a Sierra Leonean power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sierra_Leone - Sierra Leone 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/typeG.htm - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - Provides power from a type G mains power supply
  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/typeD.htm - Type D power outlet
  7. Type D USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type D mains power outlet
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters