How to charge your iPad Mini from a power outlet in Sierra Leone

Simple instructions showing how to charge the iPad Mini with a Sierra Leonean power outlet with an Apple Lightning cable with a Type G power charger and how to recharge the iPad Mini using a three pin Type D USB adapter.

Sierra Leonean power outlet

Various region codes and sockets can all be confusing when planning to travel to a different country especially for the first time traveller. This guide was specifically written to help prepare visitors wanting to charge their iPad Mini when going to Sierra Leone.This page contains step by step instructions demonstrating exactly how to charge your iPad Mini when you're travelling to Sierra Leone by using the standard types G or D 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. When you are travelling to Sierra Leone from another region please ensure that the iPad Mini can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) double check the iPad Mini is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to avoid the device from overheating when charging it. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in Sierra Leone

Can you use the iPad Mini in Sierra Leone?

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

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad Mini in Sierra Leone?

When you are travelling with more than your iPad Mini then the best travel charger for Sierra Leone is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Sierra Leoneans use two different types of plug sockets (G and D) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type G.

As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the plugs. If your type of iPad Mini can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these types of USB travel adapters, and support for certain power demanding devices.

Having a four port charger means you can recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring individual power chargers or occupying additional power outlets. By only bringing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage as well as being on hand for charging your iPad Mini at the airport or on the plane. Because of their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend searching for a flexible power charger similar to this online, the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

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 via USB, but for visitors also wanting 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 useful for visitors of regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power adapters come supplied 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 travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact option for travellers originating from America visiting Sierra Leone.
  • 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 the US using type B plugs and gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at 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 ideal for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Sierra Leone.
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad Mini in Sierra Leone?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from a Sierra Leonean power outlet

Using the Lightning Apple connector with a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter to power your iPad Mini from a Sierra Leonean power outlet.

  1. To power the iPad Mini from the Sierra Leonean power outlet you'll need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple should usually supply this cable with your iPad Mini.
  2. Plug the Type G USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can recognise the plug outlet by 3 slots with plastic shutters forming a triangular shape.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Apple USB Lightning charging cable into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Mini.
  4. Switch on the Sierra Leonean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging and takes between 1-4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from a Sierra Leonean power outlet

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

Instructions showing how to charge the iPad Mini with a Sierra Leonean power outlet by using an Apple Lightning cable with a 3 pinned Type D power charger.

  1. To supply power to the iPad Mini using a Sierra Leonean power outlet you'll need to use a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple typically supply this cable when you first purchase your iPad Mini.
  2. Begin by taking the Type D USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. This wall supply (technically known as the Type D power outlet [6]) looks like three circular holes in a triangle configuration for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad Mini.
  4. Turn on the Sierra Leonean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Mini is recharging which typically takes roughly one to four hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type D power charger for charging your iPad Mini from a Sierra Leonean power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sierra_Leone - wikipedia entry about Sierra Leone
  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