Charging the iPad Air when planning a trip to Botswana

Simple instructions showing you how to power the iPad Air from a Botswana power outlet with the Apple USB Lightning connector with a Type G USB charger, powering the iPad Air using a 3 pin Type D power adapter and recharging the iPad Air using a 3 pin Type M power adapter

Botswana power outlet

Varying different region codes and voltages can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country especially for the first time traveller. This isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards being used in the world this article shows exactly what to buy in advance to power your iPad Air . These instructions have been written to stop you having to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPad Air abroad.If travelling to Botswana this page has useful instructions showing charging the iPad Air by using their standard Type G, D or M 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets. If you are visiting Botswana from another country ensure that your iPad Air can be charged using a 240v supply. If it was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) double check the device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to prevent the device from overloading whilst powering it up. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Air.

Charging the iPad Air in Botswana

Can you use the iPad Air in Botswana?

You can use the iPad Air in Botswana by using a power adaptor.

What is the best power adapter for the iPad Air in Botswana?

When travelling with more than just your iPad Air and visiting multiple countries the best international travel adapter for Botswana is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [10]. There are three standards of plug sockets that Batswana use (G, D and M) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type G.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by changing the included plugs over. If your type of iPad Air is compatible with Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers, plus additional support for more power demanding devices.

This will also allow you to charge more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel chargers or using up additional power sockets. Because you are only needing a single USB travel charger will keep the overall 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 on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones, tablets and e-readers with just a single power outlet.

For those travelling to Botswana we suggest searching for an adaptable travel charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [10] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Botswana

The 4 port USB travel charger [10] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPad Air, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is useful for travellers to counties with unstable power supplies. These power converters come 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 most popular portable power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Botswana 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. This gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for 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 majority of travellers from around the world visiting Botswana.
What is the best power adapter for the iPad Air in Botswana?

Powering the iPad Air with a Botswana power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a 3 pin Type G USB charger to charge your iPad Air with a Botswana power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPad Air from a Botswana power outlet you'll need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - this USB cable is typically supplied with your iPad Air.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type G USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can recognise this plug supply by the three vertical holes forming a triangle pattern.
  3. Connect one end of the USB charging cord into the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Air.
  4. Turn on the Botswana power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Air is powering up and takes around one to four hours to fully recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad Air with a Botswana power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

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

Instructions showing how to power the iPad Air from a Botswana power outlet with the Apple USB Lightning connector with a Type D USB charger.

  1. To charge the iPad Air from a Botswana power outlet you will need to buy a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - typically supplied with your iPad Air.
  2. Start by taking the Type D USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. You can recognise this plug supply by the 3 circular holes in a triangular configuration for live, neutral and earth.
  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 Air. The iPad Air lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Air.
  4. Switch on the Botswana 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 recharging, typically taking between 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
Powering the iPad Air with a Botswana power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

How to use a Type M power charger for recharging your iPad Air from a Botswana power outlet

Simple instructions showing you how to power the iPad Air from a Botswana power outlet with the Apple USB Lightning connector with a Type M USB charger.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad Air using the Botswana power outlet you'll need to buy a Type M USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will typically supply the cable with the iPad Air).
  2. Insert the Type M USB power adapter into the Botswana power outlet. You can identify the wall outlet by three round holes in a triangular configuration for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple Lightning cable into the USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Air.
  4. Switch on the Botswana power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging, typically taking between one-four hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type M power charger for recharging your iPad Air from a Botswana power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Botswana - Botswana 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/typeG.htm - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - Provides power from a type G mains power supply
  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
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeD.htm - Type D power outlet
  7. Type D USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type D mains power outlet
  8. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeM.htm - Type M power outlet
  9. Type M USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type M mains power outlet
  10. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters