How to charge the iPad from a power outlet in Somalia

How to connect a Somali power outlet to the iPad

Somali power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of voltages and sockets can often be confusing when planning to stay in another country especially if you've never visited before. When going to Somalia this page contains instructions showing how to supply power to your iPad using the standard 220 volt 50Hz Type C power outlet, with the Somalians using a Europlug for power outlets. If travelling to Somalia from another region check your iPad can accept a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure that the iPad is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to prevent the device from being damaged whilst powering it. If you plan on taking a trip to a city like Mogadishu please read the wikipedia.org entry about Somalia [1] for more information prior to the location. This page details the original iPad first generation, visit the Apple category page for the latest range of Apple iPads. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 5 or greater on the iPad.

Charging the iPad in Somalia

Can you use the iPad in Somalia?

Yes, you can use the iPad in Somalia by using a power convertor.

What is the best travel charger for the iPad in Somalia?

If you are travelling to more than one country and bringing along more than just your iPad the best travel power adapter for Somalia to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [6].

As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the plugs. If your model of iPad supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times with one of these types of USB travel chargers plus compatibility with more power hungry devices. Unlike other adapters having a 4 port adapter means you can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple travel chargers for your trip. Only packing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Due to their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones, tablets and e-readers without needing an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling to different continents we recommend searching for a flexible travel adapter like this at an electronics retailer, the multipurpose power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Somalia

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices via USB, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary for visitors of regions with unstable power supplies. These travel converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Somalia 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 most popular portable power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Somalia.
  • 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 is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 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 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 Somalia.
What is the best travel charger for the iPad in Somalia?

Powering the iPad with a Somali power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Learn how to charge the iPad with a Somali power outlet with a USB 30-pin cable with a Type C power adapter.

  1. In order to power the iPad using a Somali power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], typically already supplied with the device.
  2. First plug the Type C USB power adapter into the Somali power outlet. The power supply (sometimes called a Type C power outlet [3] or Europlug) is recognised by 2 adjacent holes.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin 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 base of the iPad.
  4. Turn on the Somali power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes between one to four hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPad with a Somali power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somalia - wikipedia.org entry about Somalia
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1632/en_US/ipad_ios5_user_guide.pdf - Official iPad user guide
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters