Charging the iPad 4 when planning a trip to Zimbabwe

Instructions showing you how to power the iPad 4 from a Zimbabwe power outlet with a Lightning connector with a Type G USB charger and how to power the iPad 4 using a 3 pin Type D power charger.

Zimbabwe power outlet

If you are packing for a holiday to Zimbabwe it can be helpful to know in advance if you'll be able to charge all your vital gadgets when you're there. Without knowing which power socket is used you could pack the wrong adaptor, therefore leaving you needing to buy or borrow a suitable power adaptor on arrival that might be incompatible and cause damage to your iPad 4. Various combinations of frequencies and standards can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country for the first time traveller. This page was written to stop you having to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPad 4 abroad.If visiting Zimbabwe these instructions show powering the iPad 4 by using their standard G or D type Zimbabwe 220 volt 50Hz power outlets, Type G wall outlets are normally used by a majority of Zimbabweans. If you are visiting Zimbabwe from another region make sure that the iPad 4 can accept a 240 volt supply. If your iPad 4 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check the device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to avoid the device from being damaged when charging it. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 4.

Charging the iPad 4 in Zimbabwe

Can you use the iPad 4 in Zimbabwe?

You can use the iPad 4 in Zimbabwe by using a power adaptor.

Zimbabwe

What is the best travel adapter for the iPad 4 in Zimbabwe?

When travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your iPad 4 the best international travel adapter for Zimbabwe is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Zimbabweans use two different types of wall outlets (types G and D) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type G. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your iPad 4 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of USB power adapters along with compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

Unlike other adapters this will allow you to power more than one device at once without needing to buy individual power adapters for your Zimbabwe trip or using up additional power sockets. Because you are only packing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage while travelling. Because of their versatility these types of chargers 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, phones and e-readers with just a single power outlet.

For those travelling to Zimbabwe we suggest searching for a multipurpose travel charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Zimbabwe

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices using USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Zimbabwe and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Zimbabwe.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs and is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more flexible 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 travel adapter for the iPad 4 in Zimbabwe?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from a Zimbabwe power outlet

Instructions showing you how to power the iPad 4 from a Zimbabwe power outlet with a Lightning connector with a Type G USB charger.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad 4 using the Zimbabwe power outlet you'll need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will typically supply the cable with the iPad 4).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type G USB power adapter into the wall supply. The power outlet, technically called the Type G power outlet [3], looks like 3 vertical holes forming a triangle shape for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB charging cord into the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad 4.
  4. Turn on the Zimbabwe power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad 4 is powering up and takes around one to four hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from a Zimbabwe power outlet

Powering the iPad 4 with a Zimbabwe power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

Using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type D USB charger to charge your iPad 4 with a Zimbabwe power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPad 4 from a Zimbabwe power outlet you'll need to buy a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (typically supplied with your iPad 4).
  2. Insert the Type D USB power adapter into the Zimbabwe power outlet. This plug supply (sometimes called the Type D power outlet [6]) can be recognised by 3 circular holes forming a triangle pattern.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad 4.
  4. Turn on the Zimbabwe power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad 4 screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is charging which should take roughly 1 - 4 hours to recharge.
Powering the iPad 4 with a Zimbabwe power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Zimbabwe country entry on wikipedia
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - A Type G USB charger has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin, estimated price under $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, priced at between $15 to $20.
  6. iec.ch - Type D power outlet
  7. Type D USB power adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D USB chargers have large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, priced between $10 to $15.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costing between $15 to $20.