Charging the iPad 3 when staying in Madagascar

Instructions on how to power the iPad 3 with a Malagasy power outlet using the Apple 30-pin connector with a Type C USB charger, charging the iPad 3 using a three pin Type D power plug and charging the iPad 3 using a two pin Type E power plug

Malagasy power outlet

Different combinations of voltages and region codes can often cause confusion when planning to travel to another country if you've never been there before. This page has been written to stop visitors having to worry if they'll be able to power their iPad 3 when they are travelling to Madagascar.This page has simple instructions telling you what you'll need to power your iPad 3 when you're in Madagascar using the standard D, C, E, J or K type Malagasy 127 volt 50Hz wall outlets, please be aware Type D power outlets are typically used by most Malagasy. Power sockets change from country to country therefore we suggest reading the power supplies list for a full list of countries. If the iPad 3 slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when travelling to Madagascar from another region check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically electrical devices which originated from another country which use a higher voltage (for example 220 volts) may take longer to charge or won't turn on, check that your device is a dual voltage device (usually indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to ensure proper use. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 3.

Charging the iPad 3 in Madagascar

Can the iPad 3 be used in Madagascar?

Yes, you can use the iPad 3 in Madagascar.

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

If you are travelling with more than just your iPad 3 and visiting multiple countries the best travel power adapter for Madagascar is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [14]. There are five different types of plug sockets in Madagascar (types D, C, E, J and K) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world just by switching the heads over. If your type of iPad 3 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these types of travel adapters and additional support for certain power hungry devices. This will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy seperate travel adapters. By only packing a single international travel charger will keep the overall size down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage whilst travelling. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without needing an additional wall outlet.

We recommend searching for a multipurpose power adapter like this online; the multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [14] which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Madagascar

The 4 port USB travel charger [14] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPad 3, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting regions with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Madagascar 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 compact power adapter for travellers originating from North America going to Madagascar.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs and is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with 1 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Madagascar.
What is the best power adapter for the iPad 3 in Madagascar?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad 3 from a Malagasy power outlet

Instructions on how to power the iPad 3 with a Malagasy power outlet using the Apple 30-pin connector with a Type C USB charger.

  1. To charge your iPad 3 using the Malagasy power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple will usually include the cable when you buy the iPad 3.
  2. Firstly you'll need to plug the Type C USB power adapter in the power supply. The wall supply is recognised by 2 round holes adjacent to each other where the twin plug outlet pins sit.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector is found at the bottom of the iPad 3.
  4. Turn on the Malagasy power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the iPad 3 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad 3 is powering up which takes between one to four hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad 3 from a Malagasy power outlet

How to use a Type D power charger for charging your iPad 3 from a Malagasy power outlet

Using the Apple 30-pin connector with a Type D USB charger to power the iPad 3 with a Malagasy power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPad 3 from a Malagasy power outlet you will need to use a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should typically include this cable when you purchase your iPad 3).
  2. Begin the process by inserting the Type D USB power adapter into the Malagasy power outlet. You can recognise this power outlet by three circular holes in a triangular shape for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple 30 pin cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad 3.
  4. Switch on the Malagasy power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes roughly 1 to 4 hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type D power charger for charging your iPad 3 from a Malagasy power outlet

Powering the iPad 3 with a Malagasy power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

Using the Apple 30-pin connector and a Type E USB charger to power the iPad 3 with a Malagasy power outlet.

  1. To power the iPad 3 using a Malagasy power outlet you'll need to buy a Type E USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple typically supply the USB cable with the iPad 3.
  2. Plug in the Type E USB power adapter into the wall supply. This recessed circular wall outlet can be identified by the two 4.8mm adjacent holes for live and neutral pins plus one metal earth pin protruding the top in a triangular pattern.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple 30 pin cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad 3.
  4. Switch on the Malagasy power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes roughly 1 to 4 hours to recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad 3 with a Malagasy power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

Charging the iPad 3 from a Malagasy power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type J USB adapter

Using a 30-pin connector and a Type J USB adapter to power the iPad 3 with a Malagasy power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPad 3 from a Malagasy power outlet you will need to use a Type J USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (this USB cable is typically supplied with the device).
  2. Begin the process by inserting the Type J USB power adapter into the Malagasy power outlet. The hexagon shaped plug supply (sometimes known as a Type J power outlet [10]) looks like 3 round holes forming a triangular pattern for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Plug in one end of the power cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector is found at the bottom of the iPad 3.
  4. Switch on the Malagasy power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up and takes roughly 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPad 3 from a Malagasy power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type J USB adapter

Charging the iPad 3 from a Malagasy power outlet by using a two pinned Type K USB adapter

Instructions on how to power the iPad 3 with a Malagasy power outlet with the Apple 30-pin connector with a Type K USB charger.

  1. To power the iPad 3 using a Malagasy power outlet you'll need a Type K USB power adapter [13] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple usually supply the cable with the iPad 3.
  2. Insert the Type K USB power adapter into the wall supply. This plug supply (known as the Type K power outlet [12]) looks like 3 large holes forming an inverted triangle pattern with the bottom hole being in a semicircular shape.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector is found at the base of the iPad 3.
  4. Turn on the Malagasy power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the iPad 3 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad 3 is charging, typically taking between 60-240 minutes to fully recharge.
Charging the iPad 3 from a Malagasy power outlet by using a two pinned Type K USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madagascar - wikipedia web page about Madagascar
  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/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet, between $10 to $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / under C$20).
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, costs under $10 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$10-C$15).
  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, under $20 USD (£20-£25 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  8. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeE.htm - Type E power outlet
  9. Type E USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type E mains power outlet, costing between $10 to $15 USD (£5-£10 GBP / around C$20).
  10. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeJ.htm - Type J power outlet
  11. Type J USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type J mains power outlet, estimated cost under $15 USD (£20-£25 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  12. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeK.htm - Type K power outlet
  13. Type K USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type K mains power outlet, priced at under $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  14. 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 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).