Charging the iPad 2 when staying in Malawi

Simple instructions showing how to power your iPad 2 with a Malawian power outlet with a 30-pin connector and a Type G USB adapter.

Malawian power outlet

Varying different standards and voltages can all be confusing when planning to stay in a new country if you've never visited before. If staying in Malawi the following instructions show how to power the iPad 2 by using the 230 volt 50Hz Type G Malawian power outlet, the Malawians will use a 13 amp plug for power outlets. If you are travelling to Malawi from a different country please make sure that your iPad 2 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If your iPad 2 originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check that the device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged when charging it. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 2.

Charging the iPad 2 in Malawi

Can the iPad 2 be used in Malawi?

Yes, you can use the iPad 2 in Malawi.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPad 2 in Malawi?

When you are travelling with more than your iPad 2 the best travel charger for Malawi is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [6].

Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by changing the supplied plugs. If your iPad 2 is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these USB power chargers, and compatibility with more power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other chargers having a 4 port charger means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to pack multiple power chargers on your Malawian trip or occupying additional wall sockets. Only packing a single USB travel charger will also keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage and convenient for charging your iPad 2 at the airport or on the plane. Due to their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets using just a single wall outlet.

If you travel to different continents we suggest buying this type of versatile travel charger at an electronics retailer, the travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries 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 recharge devices using USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Malawi using 3 pinned type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly 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. This offers the same set of features as 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 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 perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Malawi.
What is the best travel adapter for the iPad 2 in Malawi?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad 2 from a Malawian power outlet

A step by step guide showing how to recharge your iPad 2 with a Malawian power outlet with a 30 pin cable and a Type G USB adapter.

  1. In order to power the iPad 2 from the Malawian power outlet you will need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will usually include the cable when you buy your iPad 2).
  2. Begin by plugging the Type G USB power adapter into the power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by three vertical holes containing shutters forming a triangle configuration.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector can be found at the base of the iPad 2.
  4. Turn on the Malawian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPad 2 will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging, typically taking roughly 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad 2 from a Malawian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malawi - wikipedia web page about Malawi
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1683/en_US/ipad_ios7_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