How to charge an iPad Air 2 when planning a trip to Malawi

Using the Lightning Apple cable with a Type G power adapter to charge your iPad Air 2 from a Malawian power outlet.

Malawian power outlet

Different voltages and standards can all be daunting when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never visited before. If you are planning a vacation to Malawi this page has useful instructions showing how to power your iPad Air 2 using the standard 230 volt 50Hz Type G power outlet, the Malawians will use a 13 amp plug for charging. If travelling to Malawi from another region check your iPad Air 2 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) ensure that the device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overheating when powering up. If you are planning to visit a Malawian place such as Lilongwe or Blantyre we also suggest referring to the Malawi country page on Wikipedia [1] for more information prior to the location. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on an iPad Air 2.

Charging an iPad Air 2 in Malawi

Can you use an iPad Air 2 in Malawi?

Yes, you can use an iPad Air 2 in Malawi.

What is the best power adapter for recharging an iPad Air 2 in Malawi?

When travelling with more than your iPad Air 2 and visiting multiple countries the best travel adapter for Malawi to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [6].

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the supplied heads. If your iPad Air 2 supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these USB travel adapters plus compatibility with more power demanding devices. This means you can charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack seperate power adapters. Because you are only needing to bring a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Due to their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets without using up an additional power outlet.

For those travelling to Malawi we recommend searching for a versatile travel charger similar to this online. The power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Malawi

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary for visitors of regions with unstable power supplies. These travel converters 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 adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Malawi using 3 pin type B US 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 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 price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Malawi.
What is the best power adapter for recharging an iPad Air 2 in Malawi?

Powering an iPad Air 2 with a Malawian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

The Wiki Connections guide on how to recharge an iPad Air 2 with a Malawian power outlet with a Lightning Apple connector with a Type G power adapter.

  1. In order to power an iPad Air 2 using the Malawian power outlet you'll need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], normally supplied with the iPad Air 2.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type G USB power adapter in the power supply. This power outlet, technically called a Type G power outlet [3], can be identified by three vertical slots with plastic shutters in a triangle configuration for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Apple Lightning power cord into the bottom of the mains USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Switch on the Malawian 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 tablet is powering up which should take between 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
Powering an iPad Air 2 with a Malawian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malawi - Malawi country page on Wikipedia
  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. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters