How to charge the iPad Mini 4 when planning a trip to Sierra Leone

Instructions showing how to power your iPad Mini 4 with a Sierra Leonean power outlet with a Lightning Apple cable with a three pin Type G USB charger and how to charge the iPad Mini 4 using a three pinned Type D power plug.

Sierra Leonean power outlet

Different voltages and plugs can often be daunting when planning on staying in a foreign country if you've never been there before. These guidelines have been written to help prepare visitors wanting to charge the iPad Mini 4 when they are travelling to Sierra Leone.If travelling to Sierra Leone these useful instructions show how to power the iPad Mini 4 using the standard Type G or D 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. When travelling to Sierra Leone from another country check the iPad Mini 4 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts double check your iPad Mini 4 is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to prevent the device from over-heating when charging it. If you're planning to visit a Sierra Leonean city such as Freetown we recommend reading the Sierra Leone country Wiki page [1] for more indepth details. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 9 or greater on the iPad Mini 4.

Charging the iPad Mini 4 in Sierra Leone

Can the iPad Mini 4 be used in Sierra Leone?

Yes, you can use the iPad Mini 4 in Sierra Leone by using the correct power convertor.

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

When travelling to more than one country then the best international travel charger for Sierra Leone to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Sierra Leoneans use two different standards of power outlets (G and D) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type G. 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 just by changing the included plugs over. If your model of iPad Mini 4 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these USB travel chargers along with additional support for certain power hungry devices like tablets.

This means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to pack multiple travel chargers for your trip to Sierra Leone or using up additional wall outlets. Because you are only needing to bring a single lightweight travel charger will keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when you return home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones, tablets and e-readers without using up an additional power outlet.

For those travelling often we recommend buying this type of flexible travel adapter at an electronics retailer, the power adapter illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries 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 who only have USB devices such as the iPad Mini 4, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary for visitors of regions with unreliable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Sierra Leone 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 portable option for travellers originating from America visiting 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. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with 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 perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Sierra Leone.
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad Mini 4 in Sierra Leone?

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

Instructions on how to charge the iPad Mini 4 from a Sierra Leonean power outlet using a USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type G power adapter.

  1. In order to power the iPad Mini 4 from the Sierra Leonean power outlet you'll need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will normally include this cable when you buy the iPad Mini 4.
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type G USB power adapter into the power outlet. The plug outlet, sometimes called the Type G power outlet [3], looks like three holes in a triangular pattern for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Lightning power cord into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 4. The iPad Mini 4 lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Mini 4.
  4. Turn on the Sierra Leonean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up taking between 60 to 300 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad Mini 4 with a Sierra Leonean power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

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

Using the Apple Lightning connector and a Type D power adapter to charge the iPad Mini 4 from a Sierra Leonean power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad Mini 4 from the Sierra Leonean power outlet you will need a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will normally supply this cable when you buy the iPad Mini 4.
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type D USB power adapter into the power outlet. The plug supply, sometimes called the Type D power outlet [6], looks like three holes in a triangular pattern.
  3. Then connect one end of the Lightning charging cord into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 4. The iPad Mini 4 lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Mini 4.
  4. Turn 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 iPad is powering up which should take between 60 to 300 minutes to recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad Mini 4 with a Sierra Leonean power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sierra_Leone - Sierra Leone country Wiki page
  2. https://help.apple.com/ipad/9/ - iPad Mini 4 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. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters