How to charge the iPad 2 when visiting Somalia

Using the Apple 30-pin cable and a two pinned Type C power charger to recharge the iPad 2 with a Somali power outlet.

Somali power outlet

Various standards and voltages can often cause confusion when planning to stay in another country, especially if you've never visited before. This page was written to prevent travellers needing to worry if they can charge their iPad 2 when they are staying in Somalia.This page contains instructions which shows what you'll need to charge the iPad 2 when you are visiting Somalia by using their 220 volt 50Hz Type C Somali plug outlet, with the Somalians using Europlugs for wall outlets. If you are travelling to Somalia from a different country please ensure that the iPad 2 can be used with a 240v supply. If the iPad 2 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v ensure that the device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to stop the device from being damaged during charging. If you plan to visit a Somali place such as Mogadishu or Hargeisa please read the wikipedia.org entry about Somalia [1] for more indepth details. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 2.

Charging the iPad 2 in Somalia

Can the iPad 2 be used in Somalia?

Yes, you can use the iPad 2 in Somalia by using a power convertor.

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad 2 in Somalia?

When you are travelling to more than one country then the best international travel charger for Somalia to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [6].

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the supplied heads. If your type of iPad 2 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these travel adapters and additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

This will allow you to recharge more than one device at once without needing to buy multiple travel chargers. Because you are only packing a single USB travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage while travelling and on hand for charging your iPad 2 at the airport or on a flight. Because of their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers and using only a single power outlet.

If you travel to Somalia we recommend buying a multipurpose power adapter of this nature at an electronics retailer, the power adapter illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested for charging 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 around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 portable power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Somalia using type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also 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 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 Somalia.
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad 2 in Somalia?

Charging the iPad 2 from a Somali power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Using an Apple USB 30-pin connector and a 2 pinned Type C power charger to charge the iPad 2 from a Somali power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPad 2 from the Somali power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the cable is normally supplied with the device).
  2. Plug the Type C USB power adapter in the power supply. You can identify this plug outlet by two circular adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector can be found at the base of the iPad 2.
  4. Switch on the Somali power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad 2 is charging, typically taking roughly one-four hours to recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPad 2 from a Somali power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somalia - wikipedia.org entry about Somalia
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1683/en_US/ipad_ios7_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. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters