Charging the iPad in Zambia

Instructions showing you how to recharge your iPad with a Zambian power outlet with the USB 30-pin Apple connector with a Type G USB adapter, how to recharge the iPad using a Type C power adapter and how to recharge the iPad using a Type D power adapter

Zambian power outlet

Various standards and plugs can all be daunting when planning to travel to another country to the first time traveller. This page contains a guide which shows exactly how to supply power to your iPad when staying in Zambia by using their types G, C or D Zambian 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, a majority of Zambians typically use the Type G sockets in their wall outlets. When you are travelling to Zambia from another country check the iPad can be charged using a 240v supply. If your iPad originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v check the iPad is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to stop the device from overheating during charging. If you plan on visiting a Zambian place such as Lusaka or Kitwe we recommend reading the Zambian Wikipedia web page [1] for more indepth information on travelling to the location. This page details the original iPad first generation, visit the Apple category page for the latest range of Apple iPads. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 5 or greater on the iPad.

Charging the iPad in Zambia

Can you use the iPad in Zambia?

Yes, you can connect the iPad to a Zambian power outlet.

What is the best power adapter for the iPad in Zambia?

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing more than just your iPad the best international travel charger for Zambia is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Zambians use three different standards of wall outlets (types G, C and D) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for both types C and G.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the included plugs. If your model of iPad is compatible with Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these types of power adapters, plus compatibility with more power demanding devices.

Unlike other travel chargers this means you can recharge multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple power chargers. By only bringing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of chargers can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without needing an additional power outlet.

For those travelling regularly we suggest buying an adaptable travel adapter similar to this online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Zambia

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, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for travellers to counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Zambia 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 best selling portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Zambia.
  • 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 North America using type B plugs and gives almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a generous 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 Zambia. [10] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for the iPad in Zambia?

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

Instructions showing you how to recharge your iPad with a Zambian power outlet with the USB 30-pin Apple connector with a Type G USB adapter.

  1. In order to charge the iPad using the Zambian power outlet you'll need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should typically include this cable when you buy the iPad).
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type G USB power adapter in the power supply. You can recognise this wall outlet by the 3 vertical rectangular slots with shutters in a triangle pattern.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple 30 pin cord into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the Zambian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging, typically taking roughly one-four hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad from a Zambian power outlet

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad from a Zambian power outlet

Instructions showing you how to recharge your iPad with a Zambian power outlet with the USB 30-pin Apple connector with a Type C USB adapter.

  1. To power the iPad using a Zambian power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - the cable is typically supplied with the device.
  2. First plug in the Type C USB power adapter into the Zambian power outlet. This plug outlet is recognised by two adjacent holes next to each other.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple 30 pin cord into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the Zambian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging, typically taking roughly one-four hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad from a Zambian power outlet

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

Instructions showing you how to recharge your iPad with a Zambian power outlet with the USB 30-pin Apple connector with a Type D USB adapter.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPad from the Zambian power outlet you will need to buy a Type D USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will normally supply this USB cable when you purchase your iPad).
  2. Begin by plugging the Type D USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by three round holes in a triangle pattern.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple 30 pin cord into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the Zambian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging, typically taking roughly one-four hours to recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad with a Zambian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Zambian Wikipedia web page
  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, between $10 to $15.
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, estimated cost between $5 to $10.
  6. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  7. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, costs between $10 to $15.
  8. iec.ch - Type D power outlet
  9. Type D USB power adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D USB chargers have large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, priced at between $10 to $15.
  10. 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.