Charging your iPad 4 from a power outlet in Madagascar

A guide showing how to charge your iPad 4 with a Malagasy power outlet with the Apple Lightning cable and a 3 pin Type D USB charger, how to power the iPad 4 using a Type C Europlug power adapter and charging the iPad 4 using a two pin Type E power charger

Malagasy power outlet

Different frequencies and standards can often be confusing when planning on visiting a foreign country, especially to the first time traveller. The following guide tells you exactly how to supply power to the iPad 4 when you are travelling to Madagascar using the D, C, E, J or K type Malagasy 127 volt 50Hz power outlets, Type D plug outlets will be used by a majority of Malagasy. If your iPad 4 doesn't power up or recharges slowly when you are visiting Madagascar from another country check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically electrical devices which originate from another country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts sometimes take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check the device is dual voltage (normally indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to ensure proper use. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 4.

Charging the iPad 4 in Madagascar

Can the iPad 4 be used in Madagascar?

Yes, you can connect the iPad 4 to a Malagasy power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

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

When travelling with more than your iPad 4 or visiting more than one country the best international travel charger for Madagascar to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Malagasy use five different types of power outlets (D, C, E, J and K) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by switching the included heads. If your iPad 4 supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times by using one of these USB power adapters, plus additional support for certain power hungry devices.

This will allow you to power more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack multiple power adapters or using up additional power sockets. Only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage and on hand for recharging your iPad 4 at the airport or on your flight. Because of their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

If you travel to Madagascar we suggest buying this type of versatile power adapter at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Madagascar

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 4, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 compact option for travellers originating from America visiting Madagascar using type B American 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 from the US using type B plugs. This gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with 1 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Madagascar. [14] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPad 4 in Madagascar?

Charging the iPad 4 from a Malagasy power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

A page showing how to charge your iPad 4 from a Malagasy power outlet with a Lightning Apple cable and a Type C Europlug power adapter.

  1. To charge the iPad 4 from the Malagasy power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - this USB cable is typically supplied with your device by Apple.
  2. Firstly plug in the Type C USB power adapter in the Malagasy power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the 2 circular holes next to each other.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the mains power 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 Malagasy power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging which takes roughly one to four hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPad 4 from a Malagasy power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from a Malagasy power outlet

A guide showing how to charge your iPad 4 with a Malagasy power outlet with the Apple Lightning cable and a 3 pin Type D USB charger.

  1. If you want to charge the iPad 4 from a Malagasy power outlet you will need to use a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], this USB cable is typically supplied with your iPad 4.
  2. Start by plugging the Type D USB power adapter into the Malagasy power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the 3 round holes in a triangular shape.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple cable into the bottom of the mains power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad 4.
  4. Switch on the Malagasy power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad 4 is charging which takes between 1 to 4 hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from a Malagasy power outlet

How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from a Malagasy power outlet

A guide showing how to charge your iPad 4 from a Malagasy power outlet with the Apple Lightning cable and a Type E USB charger.

  1. In order to power the iPad 4 from a Malagasy power outlet you'll need to buy a Type E USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will typically include this USB cable with the iPad 4.
  2. Start by plugging the Type E USB power adapter into the Malagasy power outlet. This recessed round power outlet, also known as the Type E power outlet [8], can be recognised by two 4.8mm round adjacent holes and a single metal grounding pin protruding the top in a triangular configuration.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the mains power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad 4.
  4. Turn on the Malagasy power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is charging, typically taking between 1 to 4 hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from a Malagasy power outlet

Powering the iPad 4 with a Malagasy power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type J USB adapter

A guide on how to charge your iPad 4 with a Malagasy power outlet with the Apple Lightning connector and a 3 pin Type J USB charger.

  1. To charge your iPad 4 using the Malagasy power outlet you will need to buy a Type J USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this USB cable is typically supplied with your iPad 4 by Apple).
  2. Plug the Type J USB power adapter into the power outlet. You can recognise this hexagon shaped wall outlet by the three circular holes forming a triangular shape.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple power cable into the bottom of the mains power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad 4.
  4. Switch on the Malagasy power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad 4 is charging which takes between 1 to 4 hours to recharge.
Powering the iPad 4 with a Malagasy power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type J USB adapter

Charging the iPad 4 from a Malagasy power outlet by using a two pinned Type K USB adapter

Using the USB Lightning Apple cable with a Type K power adapter to power the iPad 4 from a Malagasy power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPad 4 from the Malagasy power outlet you will need to use a Type K USB power adapter [13] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - this USB cable is typically supplied with your device by Apple.
  2. Firstly plug in the Type K USB power adapter in the Malagasy power outlet. The wall outlet (known as a Type K power outlet [12]) can be recognised by 3 large holes in an upside-down triangular configuration with the bottom hole being in a semicircular shape.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB mains charger 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 Malagasy power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is charging taking around 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPad 4 from a Malagasy power outlet by using a two pinned Type K USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia page about Madagascar
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - 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, estimated price 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, 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, under $15.
  8. iec.ch - Type E power outlet
  9. Type E USB power adapter - There are two 4.8mm pins on Type E USB chargers which are placed 19mm apart and may include a hole for an earthing pin, estimated cost under $15.
  10. iec.ch - Type J power outlet
  11. Type J USB power adapter - Type J USB chargers have three rounded pins placed in a flattened triangular pattern with the top pin acting as an earth, estimated cost under $15.
  12. iec.ch - Type K power outlet
  13. Type K USB power adapter - There are three pins on a Type K USB charger comprising of two large rounded pins and a bottom semi-circular grounding pin, under $15.
  14. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, between $15 to $20.