How to charge the iPad Mini when staying in Madagascar

A step by step guide showing you how to charge the iPad Mini with a Malagasy power outlet by using a USB Lightning cable with a Europlug Type C power charger, how to recharge the iPad Mini using a Type D power charger and how to recharge the iPad Mini using a Type E power plug

Malagasy power outlet

Different region codes and plugs can often be confusing when planning to travel to a different country if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of sockets being used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what to purchase in advance to charge your iPad Mini in Madagascar. This page has been specifically written to prevent travellers worrying if they can power the iPad Mini when going to Madagascar.When visiting Madagascar the following instructions show charging your iPad Mini using their Type D, C, E, J or K 127 volt 50Hz plug outlets, you'll discover most Malagasy will typically use the Type D wall outlets. If the iPad Mini doesn't power up or recharges slowly when you are travelling to Madagascar from a different region check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Electrical devices which come from another country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) sometimes take longer to charge or won't turn on, check your device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to ensure proper use. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in Madagascar

Can the iPad Mini be used in Madagascar?

You can connect the iPad Mini to a Malagasy power outlet by using a power convertor.

What is the best power charger for the iPad Mini in Madagascar?

If travelling to more than one country the best international travel power adapter for Madagascar to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [14]. There are five different standards of power outlets in Madagascar (types D, C, E, J and K) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the plugs. If your iPad Mini supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a four port charger means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate power chargers. Only packing a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple phones, tablets and speakers without needing an additional wall outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend searching for this type of versatile travel adapter online - the multipurpose power charger illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [14] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Madagascar

The 4 port USB travel charger [14] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North 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 most popular portable power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Madagascar.
  • 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 from the US using type B plugs and is a 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 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 suitable for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Madagascar.
What is the best power charger for the iPad Mini in Madagascar?

Charging the iPad Mini from a Malagasy power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

A step by step guide showing you how to charge the iPad Mini with a Malagasy power outlet by using a USB Lightning cable with a Europlug Type C power charger.

  1. If you want to power your iPad Mini using a Malagasy power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (normally included with your device).
  2. Begin by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the wall outlet. The power outlet, sometimes known as the Europlug, is recognised by the 2 round adjacent holes.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Mini.
  4. Turn on the Malagasy power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is charging taking between 60-240 minutes to recharge.
Charging the iPad Mini from a Malagasy power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

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

Using the Lightning Apple connector and a Type D power charger to power your iPad Mini from a Malagasy power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the iPad Mini using a Malagasy power outlet you will need a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple should typically supply this cable with your iPad Mini.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type D USB power adapter in the Malagasy power outlet. You can recognise the power supply by 3 holes in a triangle configuration.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the cord into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Mini.
  4. Turn on the Malagasy power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is charging which should take roughly 60-240 minutes to recharge.
How to use a Type D power charger for charging your iPad Mini from a Malagasy power outlet

How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from a Malagasy power outlet

Using a USB Lightning cable with a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter to recharge your iPad Mini from a Malagasy power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the iPad Mini using a Malagasy power outlet you will need a Type E USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will typically include the USB cable with your iPad Mini.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type E USB power adapter in the Malagasy power outlet. You can identify this wall supply by two 4.8mm round holes 19mm apart from each other where the twin plug outlet pins slide into plus a single long metal grounding pin protruding from the top forming a triangular shape.
  3. Connect the USB end of the cord into the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad Mini.
  4. Turn on the Malagasy power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up, typically taking around 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from a Malagasy power outlet

Powering the iPad Mini with a Malagasy power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type J USB adapter

Using a USB Lightning cable with a Type J power charger to recharge your iPad Mini from a Malagasy power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPad Mini from the Malagasy power outlet you'll need to buy a Type J USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple normally include the USB cable with your iPad Mini).
  2. Begin by inserting the Type J USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This hexagon shaped power supply, sometimes called the Type J power outlet [10], can be recognised by the three large circular holes forming a flattened triangular shape.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the cord into the power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad Mini.
  4. Turn on the Malagasy power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up, typically taking around one to four hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini with a Malagasy power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type J USB adapter

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

Using the Lightning Apple connector and a Type K power charger to power your iPad Mini from a Malagasy power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your iPad Mini using a Malagasy power outlet you will need to buy a Type K USB power adapter [13] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (normally included with your device).
  2. Begin by inserting the Type K USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This power outlet, technically known as the Type K power outlet [12], can be recognised by the three large holes forming an upside-down triangle shape and the bottom hole being semicircular in shape.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the cord into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Mini.
  4. Turn on the Malagasy power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is charging which should take roughly 60-240 minutes to recharge.
Charging the iPad Mini from a Malagasy power outlet by using a two pinned Type K USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madagascar - Malagasy page on wikipedia.org
  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
  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/typeE.htm - Type E power outlet
  9. Type E USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type E mains power outlet
  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
  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
  14. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters