Charging your iPad 3 from a power outlet in Malawi

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPad 3 with a Malawian power outlet using the Apple USB 30 pin cable and a 3 pin Type G USB charger.

Malawian power outlet

Complicated combinations of voltages and region codes can all lead to confusion when planning to stay in another country if you've never been there before. However this isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards being used in the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need to purchase in advance to charge the iPad 3 in Malawi. These instructions have been specifically written to prevent you having to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPad 3 when you're in staying in Malawi.If planning a trip to Malawi the following useful instructions show how to charge the iPad 3 by using their 230 volt 50Hz Type G wall outlet, the Malawians will use 13 amp plugs for charging. When travelling to Malawi from a different region ensure your iPad 3 can be charged using a 240v supply. If your iPad 3 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) make sure your iPad 3 is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to prevent the device from overloading when powering up. If you plan on taking a trip to a Malawian destination such as Lilongwe refer to the Wikipedia page about Malawi [1] for more indepth information. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 3.

Charging the iPad 3 in Malawi

Can the iPad 3 be used in Malawi?

Yes, you can connect the iPad 3 to a Malawian power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best travel charger for the iPad 3 in Malawi?

When travelling to more than one country or bringing along more than your iPad 3 the best international travel adapter for Malawi is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [6].

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the plugs over. If your type of iPad 3 supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these types of travel chargers along with compatibility with more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other travel adapters having a four port adapter means you can recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy seperate travel chargers for your Malawian trip. Only needing a single travel charger will also keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers using just a single power outlet.

We recommend buying a flexible travel charger of this nature online; the power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

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 using USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which is necessary for visitors of regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Malawi 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 best selling portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America going to Malawi.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half 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 Malawi.
What is the best travel charger for the iPad 3 in Malawi?

Powering the iPad 3 with a Malawian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Simple instructions showing you how to power the iPad 3 with a Malawian power outlet using a USB 30 pin connector with a 3 pin Type G power adapter.

  1. To power your iPad 3 using 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] (this USB cable is typically supplied with your iPad 3 by Apple).
  2. Plug the Type G USB power adapter into the power outlet. The wall outlet (called the Type G power outlet [3]) looks like 3 vertical rectangular slots containing shutters forming a triangle pattern for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector is found at the bottom of the iPad 3.
  4. Switch on the Malawian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad 3 is powering up which typically takes between one-four hours to recharge.
Powering the iPad 3 with a Malawian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malawi - Wikipedia page about Malawi
  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 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