How to charge your iPad Air from a power outlet in Malawi

How to connect a Malawian power outlet to the iPad Air

Malawian power outlet

Various region codes and plugs can often cause confusion when planning on staying in a foreign country to the first time traveller. The following step by step instructions shows you what you'll need to supply power to the iPad Air when travelling to Malawi by using a 230 volt 50Hz G Type plug outlet, with the Malawians using a 13 amp plug for power outlets. When travelling to Malawi from another country please check that your iPad Air can be used with a 240v supply. If the iPad Air originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) double check your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to stop the device from overheating when charging it. If you are planning on visiting a destination like Lilongwe refer to the Malawi Wikipedia web page [1] for more information prior to the location. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Air.

Charging the iPad Air in Malawi

Can you use the iPad Air in Malawi?

Yes, you can use the iPad Air in Malawi by using the correct power convertor.

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

When you are travelling to multiple countries the best international travel power adapter for Malawi to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [6].

As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by changing the supplied heads. If your iPad Air supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of power chargers and additional compatibility with more power demanding devices. Unlike other travel adapters having a 4 port adapter will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to buy individual travel adapters or occupying additional power outlets. Only packing a single international USB travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets with only a single wall outlet.

We suggest buying a versatile travel charger similar to this online, the power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries with perfect reliably.

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 via USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power adapters 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 converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Malawi.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers 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 majority of travellers from around the world visiting Malawi.
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad Air in Malawi?

How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPad Air from a Malawian power outlet

Using an Apple Lightning connector and a three pin Type G USB adapter to recharge your iPad Air from a Malawian power outlet.

  1. To supply power to your iPad Air from the Malawian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple normally include the cable with your iPad Air.
  2. First you'll need to plug in the Type G USB power adapter into the wall outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by the 3 holes containing plastic shutters in a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the mains power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Air.
  4. Turn on the Malawian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging and takes roughly one to four hours to recharge.
How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPad Air from a Malawian power outlet

See also

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