How to charge the iPad Air when planning a trip to Somalia

How to connect a Somali power outlet to the iPad Air

Somali power outlet

Varying different voltages and standards can all be confusing when planning to travel to another country, especially to the first time traveller. This guide was written to prevent people needing to worry if they can power their iPad Air abroad.If you are staying in Somalia this page has useful instructions showing how to supply power to your iPad Air by using the standard 220 volt 50Hz C Type wall outlet, the Somalis will use Europlugs for charging. When visiting Somalia from another country please double check your iPad Air can accept a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) ensure that the device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to stop the device from overheating whilst powering it. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Air.

Charging the iPad Air in Somalia

Can you use the iPad Air in Somalia?

Yes, you can connect the iPad Air to a Somali power outlet.

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

When you are travelling with more than just your iPad Air and visiting more than one country then the best travel adapter for Somalia to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [6].

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by changing the included plugs. If your model of iPad Air supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these power adapters, plus support for more power hungry devices. This will allow you to recharge more than one device at once without needing to pack individual travel adapters for your trip or occupying additional wall sockets. By only bringing a single international USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage while travelling. 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 be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers using just a single plug socket.

We suggest searching for an adaptable travel adapter like this online, the power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

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 wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power converters come 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 best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting Somalia using 3 pin 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 and offers almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Somalia.
What is the best travel charger for the iPad Air in Somalia?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Air from a Somali power outlet

Using a USB Lightning Apple connector and a Type C power adapter to charge your iPad Air from a Somali power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge your iPad Air using a Somali power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (usually already supplied with your device by Apple).
  2. Begin by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it in the power outlet. The power supply (called the Europlug) can be identified by the 2 holes next to each other where the live and neutral pins sit.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB Lightning power cord into the bottom of the mains power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Air.
  4. Turn 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 charge icon to indicate that the iPad Air is recharging which should take around one-four hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Air from a Somali power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somalia - Somali 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/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet, under $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  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, costs between $5 to $10 USD (around £4 GBP / under C$140).
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated price under $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).