Charging the iPad Mini 4 when planning a trip to Zimbabwe

A page showing how to charge your iPad Mini 4 with a Zimbabwe power outlet using a Lightning connector with a Type G USB charger and how to power the iPad Mini 4 using a 3 pin Type D power adapter.

Zimbabwe power outlet

If planning a vacation it's useful to know if you can use any common electronics when you get there. Without knowing which plug socket is being used you could pack the wrong power charger, leaving you having to purchase a potentially expensive charger when you need to recharge which might not be compatible and cause problems with your iPad Mini 4. Various combinations of region codes and voltages can all be daunting when planning to visit a foreign country especially if you've never been there before. This guide has been written to stop you having to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPad Mini 4 when you're visiting abroad.When you are planning a holiday to Zimbabwe this page contains useful instructions showing charging the iPad Mini 4 by using their standard G or D type Zimbabwe 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets, most Zimbabweans will normally use the Type G sockets in their plug outlets. When visiting Zimbabwe from a different country please double check the iPad Mini 4 can be used with a 240 volt supply. If your iPad Mini 4 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check the device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to prevent the device from overheating during charging. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 9 or greater on the iPad Mini 4.

Charging the iPad Mini 4 in Zimbabwe

Can you use the iPad Mini 4 in Zimbabwe?

You can use the iPad Mini 4 in Zimbabwe.

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad Mini 4 in Zimbabwe?

If you are travelling with more than your iPad Mini 4 or visiting more than one country the best international travel adapter for Zimbabwe is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different types of power outlets that Zimbabweans use (G and D) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type G.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the heads. If your iPad Mini 4 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers, plus additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other travel chargers this will allow you to charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy individual power adapters for your Zimbabwe trip or using up additional power sockets. Because you are only needing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and speakers without using up an additional wall outlet.

We recommend buying an adaptable travel charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Zimbabwe

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 4, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of counties with unreliable power supplies. 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 compact option for travellers originating from America going to Zimbabwe using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs and is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Zimbabwe. [8]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad Mini 4 in Zimbabwe?

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

Using a Lightning connector with a Type G USB charger to recharge your iPad Mini 4 with a Zimbabwe power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPad Mini 4 from a Zimbabwe power outlet you'll need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this USB cable is normally already included with the device by Apple).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type G USB power adapter into the Zimbabwe power outlet. This plug supply, technically called the Type G power outlet [3], looks like 3 vertical holes forming a triangle pattern.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 4. The iPad Mini 4 lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Mini 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 screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is charging which should take roughly one to five and a half hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini 4 with a Zimbabwe power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

How to use a Type D power charger for charging your iPad Mini 4 from a Zimbabwe power outlet

Instructions showing you how to power the iPad Mini 4 from a Zimbabwe power outlet with the USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type D USB charger.

  1. If you want to power your iPad Mini 4 using the Zimbabwe power outlet you will need to buy a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - this USB cable is normally already included with the device by Apple.
  2. Plug the Type D USB power adapter into the Zimbabwe power outlet. You can recognise this plug supply by the three holes forming a triangle pattern.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Apple Lightning power cable into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 4. The iPad Mini 4 lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Mini 4.
  4. Switch on the Zimbabwe power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 4 is powering up and takes around 1-4.5 hours to recharge.
How to use a Type D power charger for charging your iPad Mini 4 from a Zimbabwe power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Zimbabwe page on Wikipedia
  2. Apple - iPad Mini 4 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, costs 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, around $15.
  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, costs under $15.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced at between $15 to $20.