Charging the iPad Mini when visiting The Republic of the Congo

Simple instructions showing you how to recharge your iPad Mini from a Congo power outlet by using a USB Lightning Apple connector and a Type C USB adapter, charging the iPad Mini using a Type D USB adapter and powering the iPad Mini using a Type E power adapter

Congo power outlet

Complicated voltages and plugs can often be daunting when planning on staying in a new country to the first time traveller. This page has been specifically written to assist visitors wanting to power the iPad Mini when they are staying abroad.This page is a guide demonstrating exactly how to charge your iPad Mini when you are in The Republic of the Congo by using their Type E, C or D Congo 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. When you are travelling to The Republic of the Congo from another country please check that your iPad Mini 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 a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to stop the device from overloading during charging. If you plan on travelling to a destination like Kinshasa or Lubumbashi we also recommend referring to the Congo wikipedia page [1] for further information on the location. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in The Republic of the Congo

Can you use the iPad Mini in The Republic of the Congo?

Yes, you can connect the iPad Mini to a Congo power outlet.

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad Mini in The Republic of the Congo?

When you are travelling to more than one country and bringing more than just your iPad Mini the best international travel power adapter for The Republic of the Congo is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [10]. There are three types of power outlets in The Republic of the Congo (types E, C and D) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by changing the plugs over. If your iPad Mini is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times with one of these USB travel chargers and additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel chargers this means you can power more than one device at the same time without needing to buy seperate power adapters. Only bringing a single USB travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage. 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 tablets, smartphones and speakers and using only a single wall outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible power charger online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [10] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for The Republic of the Congo

The 4 port USB travel charger [10] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unreliable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both The Republic of the Congo 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 option for travellers originating from North America visiting The Republic of the Congo 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 and offers almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half the 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting The Republic of the Congo.
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad Mini in The Republic of the Congo?

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

Simple instructions showing you how to recharge your iPad Mini from a Congo power outlet by using a USB Lightning Apple connector and a Type C USB adapter.

  1. To supply power to your iPad Mini from the Congo power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will usually supply the USB cable with your iPad Mini).
  2. Begin by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it in the Congo power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by two circular holes adjacent to each other where the two plug outlet pins go.
  3. Then connect one end of the Lightning charging cord into the bottom of the mains USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad Mini.
  4. Switch on the Congo 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 Mini is recharging which takes around 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini with a Congo power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

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

Using the Apple Lightning connector and a 3 pinned Type D power charger to charge the iPad Mini from a Congo power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad Mini from the Congo power outlet you will need a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple usually supply the USB cable when you purchase your iPad Mini).
  2. Begin by taking the Type D USB power adapter and inserting it in the wall outlet. The plug supply, sometimes known as the Type D power outlet [6], looks like three circular holes in a triangle pattern.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple power cable into the USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Mini.
  4. Switch on the Congo power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad Mini will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes roughly 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad Mini with a Congo power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

Powering the iPad Mini with a Congo power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

Using a Lightning cable and a double pinned Type E power charger to recharge the iPad Mini with a Congo power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPad Mini using the Congo power outlet you'll need a Type E USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple typically supply this USB cable when you purchase the iPad Mini).
  2. Start by taking the Type E USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by two 4.8mm circular holes 19mm adjacent to each other where the two plug outlet pins go along with one metal grounding pin protruding in the top to form a triangular shape.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB mains 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 Congo power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up and takes between 60 to 240 minutes to recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad Mini with a Congo power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congo,_Republic_of_the - Congo 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
  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. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeE.htm - Type E power outlet
  9. Type E USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type E mains power outlet
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters