Charging your iPad Mini 2 from a power outlet in Madagascar

Using a Lightning connector and a 3 pin Type D power adapter to recharge your iPad Mini 2 with a Malagasy power outlet, how to power the iPad Mini 2 using a 2 pin Europlug Type C power adapter and recharging the iPad Mini 2 using a Type E USB plug

Malagasy power outlet

Different combinations of region codes and plugs can often be confusing when planning on visiting a foreign country, especially if you've never been there before. When you are visiting Madagascar this page has instructions showing you charging the iPad Mini 2 by using the types D, C, E, J or K 127 volt 50Hz wall outlets, Type D plug outlets will be used by a majority of Malagasy. If the iPad Mini 2 charges slowly or does not power up when you are visiting Madagascar from another country please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally electrical devices which originated from another country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts sometimes take longer to charge or won't power up, so check the device is a dual voltage device (you'll find these are usually marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to ensure proper use. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini 2.

Charging the iPad Mini 2 in Madagascar

Can the iPad Mini 2 be used in Madagascar?

Yes, you can connect the iPad Mini 2 to a Malagasy power outlet.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPad Mini 2 in Madagascar?

When travelling to more than one country then the best travel charger for Madagascar to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Malagasy use five different types of power outlets (types D, C, E, J and K) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by changing the heads. If your iPad Mini 2 supports Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel adapters along with compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets. This will also allow you to power more than one device at once without needing to bring individual power adapters for your Malagasy trip. By only packing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage while travelling and on hand for recharging your iPad Mini 2 at an airport or on the plane. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones with just a single wall outlet.

We recommend searching for a versatile power charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer. The travel charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Madagascar

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors 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 useful for travellers to counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Madagascar and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Madagascar 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 Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more flexible 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Madagascar. [14] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPad Mini 2 in Madagascar?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 2 from a Malagasy power outlet

Using a USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type C Europlug power adapter to power the iPad Mini 2 with a Malagasy power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad Mini 2 using the Malagasy power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], typically already included with the device by Apple.
  2. Start by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the power outlet. This ungrounded plug supply, sometimes known as a Europlug, can be recognised by 2 round holes adjacent to each other where the live and neutral pins go.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB power cable into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Turn on the Malagasy 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 is charging, typically taking between one-four hours to recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 2 from a Malagasy power outlet

Charging the iPad Mini 2 from a Malagasy power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

Using a Lightning connector and a 3 pin Type D power adapter to recharge your iPad Mini 2 with a Malagasy power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad Mini 2 using the Malagasy power outlet you will need to buy a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], usually included with the device by Apple.
  2. Insert the Type D USB power adapter into the Malagasy power outlet. The wall outlet, sometimes known as a Type D power outlet [6], looks like three holes forming a triangle pattern for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple power cable into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Turn on the Malagasy 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 is recharging, typically taking between 1 to 4 hours to recharge.
Charging the iPad Mini 2 from a Malagasy power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

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

Using a Lightning cable and a 2 pin Type E power charger to charge your iPad Mini 2 with a Malagasy power outlet.

  1. To power your iPad Mini 2 using the Malagasy power outlet you will need to use a Type E USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple usually include this cable with the iPad Mini 2.
  2. First you'll need to plug the Type E USB power adapter in the Malagasy power outlet. You can identify the wall outlet by two large holes 19mm adjacent to each other for live and neutral plus a metal earth pin protruding in the top forming a triangle pattern.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple power cable into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Switch on the Malagasy power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging, typically taking between 1 - 4 hours to recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini 2 with a Malagasy power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

How to use a Type J power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 2 from a Malagasy power outlet

Using the Apple USB Lightning connector with a three pinned Type J power adapter to power the iPad Mini 2 from a Malagasy power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPad Mini 2 from a Malagasy power outlet you'll need a Type J USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], the USB cable is normally already included with the iPad Mini 2.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type J USB power adapter into the wall supply. The hexagon shaped power supply (sometimes called the Type J power outlet [10]) can be recognised by 3 large holes forming a triangle pattern.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Turn 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 charge icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 2 is powering up which typically takes roughly 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
How to use a Type J power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 2 from a Malagasy power outlet

How to use a Type K power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 2 from a Malagasy power outlet

Using a USB Lightning Apple cable and a 2 pin Type K USB charger to charge your iPad Mini 2 with a Malagasy power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad Mini 2 using the Malagasy power outlet you'll need a Type K USB power adapter [13] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], typically already included with the device by Apple.
  2. Start by plugging the Type K USB power adapter into the power supply. You can identify the wall outlet by the three holes forming an upside-down triangular shape with the bottom hole being in a semicircle shape.
  3. Plug in one end of the Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Switch on the Malagasy 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 which takes roughly 1 - 4 hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type K power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 2 from a Malagasy power outlet

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia entry about Madagascar
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, priced around $10 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-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, estimated price between $15 to $20 USD (around £15 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, priced between $10 to $15 USD (under £25 GBP / under C$20).
  8. iec.ch - Type E power outlet
  9. Type E USB power adapter - There are two 4.8mm pins on Type E USB chargers which are placed 19mm apart and may include a hole for an earthing pin, between $10 to $15 USD (£5-£10 GBP / under C$20).
  10. iec.ch - Type J power outlet
  11. Type J USB power adapter - Type J USB chargers have three rounded pins placed in a flattened triangular pattern with the top pin acting as an earth, costs between $10 to $15 USD (around £20 GBP / under C$20).
  12. iec.ch - Type K power outlet
  13. Type K USB power adapter - There are three pins on a Type K USB charger comprising of two large rounded pins and a bottom semi-circular grounding pin, between $10 to $15 USD (under £10 GBP / under 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 $15 to $20 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).