How to charge your iPad Air 2 from a power outlet in Zimbabwe

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPad Air 2 from a Zimbabwe power outlet with a USB Lightning Apple connector and a three pin Type G USB adapter and recharging an iPad Air 2 using a Type D power charger.

Zimbabwe power outlet

Various standards and plugs can often be daunting when planning on travelling to another country, especially if you've never visited before. This page has simple instructions demonstrating exactly how to charge your iPad Air 2 when you're travelling to Zimbabwe by using their G or D type 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets, most Zimbabweans use Type G wall outlets. Power sources differ depending on which area you visiting therefore please read the Wiki Connections world power supplies list where you'll find a complete list of regions and countries. If travelling to Zimbabwe from a different region check your iPad Air 2 can accept a 240 volt supply. If the iPad Air 2 originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) double check your device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from over-heating when powering up. If you plan to stay in a destination like Harare or Victoria Falls refer to the Wikipedia entry about Zimbabwe [1] for further details. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on an iPad Air 2.

Charging an iPad Air 2 in Zimbabwe

Can you use an iPad Air 2 in Zimbabwe?

Yes, you can use an iPad Air 2 in Zimbabwe by using the correct power adaptor.

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What is the best power charger for an iPad Air 2 in Zimbabwe?

When you are travelling with more than just your iPad Air 2 then the best international travel charger for Zimbabwe is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Zimbabweans use two different types of plug sockets (types G and D) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type G. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the supplied plugs. If your iPad Air 2 supports Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these types of USB travel adapters, plus support for certain power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters having a four port charger will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to pack individual travel adapters or using up additional wall sockets. By only packing a single travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage. Due to their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers without needing an additional power outlet.

We suggest searching for a flexible power charger similar to this online, the multipurpose power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Zimbabwe

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPad Air 2, however for those also wanting 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 when visiting counties with unreliable power grids. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Zimbabwe 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 compact power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Zimbabwe using 3 pin type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Zimbabwe. [8]
What is the best power charger for an iPad Air 2 in Zimbabwe?

Powering an iPad Air 2 with a Zimbabwe power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPad Air 2 from a Zimbabwe power outlet with a USB Lightning Apple connector and a three pin Type G USB adapter.

  1. If you want to supply power to an iPad Air 2 using a Zimbabwe power outlet you'll need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], normally included with the iPad Air 2 by Apple.
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type G USB power adapter in the wall outlet. The plug outlet, technically called a Type G power outlet [3], can be recognised by the three vertical rectangular holes in a triangular pattern for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB Apple cord into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Switch on the Zimbabwe power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Air 2 is charging which takes around 60-240 minutes to recharge.
Powering an iPad Air 2 with a Zimbabwe power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Charging an iPad Air 2 from a Zimbabwe power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

Instructions on how to recharge your iPad Air 2 from a Zimbabwe power outlet using a Lightning Apple connector and a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter.

  1. In order to charge the iPad Air 2 from a Zimbabwe power outlet you will need a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple typically supply this cable with your iPad Air 2).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type D USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can recognise the plug outlet by 3 circular holes forming a triangular pattern.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB Lightning charging cable into the bottom of the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Turn on the Zimbabwe power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad Air 2 will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up, typically taking around 60-240 minutes to recharge to full capacity.
Charging an iPad Air 2 from a Zimbabwe power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia entry about Zimbabwe
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - Provides power from a type G mains power supply, priced at between $10 to $15.
  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, between $15 to $20.
  6. iec.ch - Type D power outlet
  7. Type D USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type D mains power outlet, estimated price under $15.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, between $10 to $15.