How to charge your iPad from a power outlet in Malawi

Using a USB 30 pin Apple connector and a three pinned Type G USB adapter to charge the iPad from a Malawian power outlet.

Malawian power outlet

Different region codes and plug types can all be daunting when planning to visit a different country to the first time traveller. This guide was specifically written to help prepare visitors wanting to charge their iPad when going to Malawi.This page contains step by step instructions demonstrating exactly what you'll need to supply power to your iPad when you're travelling to Malawi by using the standard 230 volt 50Hz G Type power outlet, the Malawians will use 13 amp plugs for power outlets. Most power sources will change regionally so we suggest that you read our Wiki Connections travel power sockets guide for a full list showing countries. If visiting Malawi from a different region check your iPad can accept a 240 volt supply. If the iPad originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts make sure that your device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to prevent the device from being damaged during charging. This page details the original iPad first generation, visit the Apple category page for the latest range of Apple iPads. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 5 or greater on the iPad.

Charging the iPad in Malawi

Can you use the iPad in Malawi?

Yes, you can use the iPad in Malawi.

What is the best power charger for the iPad in Malawi?

When you are travelling with more than just your iPad then the best international travel power adapter for Malawi is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [6].

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your iPad supports Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times with one of these travel adapters, along with additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices. Having a 4 port adapter means you can charge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring multiple travel adapters or using up additional power outlets. By only bringing a single travel charger will help keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage as well as being on hand for charging your iPad at an airport or on the plane. Because of their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones and using just a single plug socket.

We recommend searching for a multipurpose power charger similar to this online, the multipurpose travel charger illustrated 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 on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Malawi

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices via USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power adapters come 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 converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Malawi using 3 pin type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly 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 and gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Malawi.
What is the best power charger for the iPad in Malawi?

Charging the iPad from a Malawian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Using a USB 30 pin Apple connector and a three pinned Type G USB adapter to charge the iPad from a Malawian power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPad from a Malawian power outlet you will need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (typically already supplied with the iPad).
  2. Start by inserting the Type G USB power adapter in the Malawian power outlet. The power supply, sometimes called a Type G power outlet [3], looks like three vertical rectangular holes in a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple 30 pin USB cord into the power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector can be found at the base of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the Malawian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is charging which typically takes between one-four hours to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPad from a Malawian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malawi - Malawian entry on Wikipedia
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1632/en_US/ipad_ios5_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 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters