How to charge your iPad 4 from a power outlet in Botswana

A step-by-step guide showing how to charge the iPad 4 from a Botswana power outlet with the Lightning Apple connector with a Type M power charger, how to charge the iPad 4 using a three pin Type G USB adapter and how to recharge the iPad 4 using a 3 pinned Type D USB plug

Botswana power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of standards and sockets can all be confusing when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never visited before. This isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need to purchase in advance to power the iPad 4 . The following step by step instructions shows you what you'll need to charge the iPad 4 when staying in Botswana using their Type G, D or M Botswana 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets. If travelling to Botswana from another region check your iPad 4 can accept a 240 volt supply. If the iPad 4 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) double check the iPad 4 is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from over-heating during charging. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 4.

Charging the iPad 4 in Botswana

Can the iPad 4 be used in Botswana?

You can connect the iPad 4 to a Botswana power outlet.

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

If travelling with more than just your iPad 4 or visiting multiple countries then the best travel charger for Botswana to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Batswana use three different types of plug sockets (types G, D and M) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type G. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the included heads over. If your iPad 4 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB power chargers and additional compatibility with more power demanding devices. Unlike other adapters having a 4 port adapter will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple travel adapters for your Botswana trip. Because you are only needing to bring a single international USB travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers without needing an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling often we recommend searching for a multipurpose travel adapter of this nature at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Botswana

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 North America going to Botswana.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Botswana. [10] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPad 4 in Botswana?

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

Using the Lightning Apple cable with a Type G power charger to charge the iPad 4 with a Botswana power outlet.

  1. To power your iPad 4 from the Botswana power outlet you will need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the USB cable is usually already included with your device).
  2. Begin by taking the Type G USB power adapter and inserting it into the power supply. This wall outlet, technically known as the Type G power outlet [3], can be recognised by the three slots with plastic shutters forming a triangle configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the mains power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad 4.
  4. Switch on the Botswana power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad 4 is recharging which typically takes around 60-240 minutes to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from a Botswana power outlet

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

Using the Apple Lightning cable with a Type D USB adapter to charge your iPad 4 from a Botswana power outlet.

  1. To supply power to your iPad 4 from the Botswana power outlet you'll need a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the USB cable is usually already supplied with your device).
  2. Begin by taking the Type D USB power adapter and inserting it into the power supply. This wall supply (sometimes called a Type D power outlet [6]) can be recognised by the three circular holes in a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the 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. Switch on the Botswana power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is charging, typically taking around one-four hours to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from a Botswana power outlet

Powering the iPad 4 with a Botswana power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPad 4 from a Botswana power outlet using a Lightning cable with a Type M power adapter.

  1. In order to charge your iPad 4 using a Botswana power outlet you will need to use a Type M USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will normally include the cable when you first purchase your iPad 4.
  2. First you'll need to plug in the Type M USB power adapter in the Botswana power outlet. You can recognise the plug supply by 3 large round holes forming a triangle configuration for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Then connect one end of the power cable into the bottom of the mains USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad 4.
  4. Turn on the Botswana power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad 4 is recharging taking roughly 60 to 240 minutes to recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad 4 with a Botswana power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia entry about Botswana
  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, priced between $10 to $15 USD (around £15 GBP / under C$20).
  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 USD (£15-£20 GBP / under C$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, costing under $15 USD (£20-£25 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  8. iec.ch - Type M power outlet
  9. Type M USB power adapter - South African Type M USB chargers have three large circular pins in a triangular shape with the top earthed pin longer and larger in diameter, priced between $10 to $15 USD (£5-£10 GBP / around C$15).
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated cost around $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).