How to charge the iPad Mini when staying in Gabon

Using a USB Lightning cable with a Europlug Type C power charger to power your iPad Mini from a Gabonese power outlet.

Gabonese power outlet

Differing region codes and plugs can often be daunting when planning on visiting another country, especially for the first time traveller. This page has instructions showing exactly how to charge the iPad Mini when you are in Gabon by using the standard 220 volt 50Hz Type C Gabonese plug outlet, with the Gabonese using Europlugs for power outlets. When you are visiting Gabon from a different country check your iPad Mini can accept a 240v supply. If the iPad Mini originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure that the iPad Mini is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to avoid the device from overloading when powering up. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in Gabon

Can the iPad Mini be used in Gabon?

You can connect the iPad Mini to a Gabonese power outlet by using a power convertor.

What is the best power charger for the iPad Mini in Gabon?

If travelling with more than your iPad Mini and visiting multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for Gabon is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by changing the included heads. If your iPad Mini is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power demanding devices. Having a four port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring multiple travel adapters. Because you are only bringing a single lightweight travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when you return home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones, tablets and e-readers with only a single plug socket.

We recommend searching for this type of versatile travel adapter at your preferred electronics retailer. The power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Gabon

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPad Mini, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Gabon.
  • 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 North America using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Gabon. [6] [AD]
What is the best power charger for the iPad Mini in Gabon?

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

Instructions on how to recharge your iPad Mini from a Gabonese power outlet with an Apple Lightning cable with a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter.

  1. If you want to power your iPad Mini using a Gabonese power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - normally included with your device by Apple.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the Gabonese power outlet. This unearthed wall supply (called a Europlug or Type C power outlet [3]) is recognised by the two round holes next to each other.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB Apple power cord into the USB power 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 Gabonese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is charging which typically takes roughly 60-240 minutes to recharge.
Charging the iPad Mini from a Gabonese power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia entry about Gabon
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, £5-£10.
  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, £15-£20.
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated cost £10-£15.