Charging the iPad 3 when planning a trip to Lesotho

A guide showing how to power the iPad 3 from a Basotho power outlet with a 30-pin Apple cable and a 3 pin Type M power adapter.

Basotho power outlet

Varying different standards and plug types can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country for the first time traveller. This isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of standards being used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what to buy in advance to power your iPad 3 . These instructions have been specifically written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPad 3 when you're visiting abroad.This page contains simple instructions demonstrating how to supply power to the iPad 3 when you're travelling to Lesotho using the 220 volt 50Hz Type M plug outlet. If you are travelling to Lesotho from another region make sure that your iPad 3 can accept a 240 volt supply. If your iPad 3 was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) check that the device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to prevent the device from overheating during charging. If you're planning on taking a trip to a Basotho city like Maseru or Hlotse we also suggest reading the Lesotho Wikipedia page [1] for more details. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 3.

Charging the iPad 3 in Lesotho

Can you use the iPad 3 in Lesotho?

You can use the iPad 3 in Lesotho by using a power adaptor.

What is the best power adapter for the iPad 3 in Lesotho?

When travelling with more than just your iPad 3 the best international travel adapter for Lesotho is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [6].

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and 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 type of iPad 3 is compatible with Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB power adapters and additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other travel chargers this will allow you to power more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel chargers. By only bringing a single international travel charger will also keep the weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage while travelling. 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 and tablets with just a single power outlet.

For those travelling to Lesotho we suggest searching for this type of flexible travel charger at an electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Lesotho

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPad 3, but 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 to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, 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 going to Lesotho 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 just 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 suitable for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Lesotho.
What is the best power adapter for the iPad 3 in Lesotho?

How to use a Type M power charger for recharging your iPad 3 from a Basotho power outlet

A guide showing how to power the iPad 3 from a Basotho power outlet with a 30-pin Apple cable and a 3 pin Type M power adapter.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad 3 using the Basotho power outlet you will need to use a Type M USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - this USB cable is typically already included with the device by Apple.
  2. Start by taking the Type M USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. You can recognise this plug supply by the three round holes in a triangular configuration for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector can be found at the base of the iPad 3.
  4. Turn on the Basotho 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 four hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type M power charger for recharging your iPad 3 from a Basotho power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lesotho - Lesotho Wikipedia page
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1595/en_US/ipad_user_guide.pdf - Official iPad user guide
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeM.htm - Type M power outlet
  4. Type M USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type M mains power outlet
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters