How to charge the iPad Mini from a power outlet in Malawi

The Wiki Connections guide on how to power your iPad Mini from a Malawian power outlet by using the Lightning Apple connector and a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter.

Malawian power outlet

Various voltages and standards can often be confusing when planning to visit another country, especially if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of sockets being used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your iPad Mini in Malawi. These instructions were written to stop travellers worrying if they can charge their iPad Mini when they're visiting Malawi.If you are visiting Malawi this page contains instructions showing how to power the iPad Mini using their 230 volt 50Hz G Type Malawian wall outlet, with the Malawians using a 13 amp plug for power outlets. Most power sockets will vary from region to region so please read our Wikiconnections world power connections guide where you'll find a complete list showing regions and countries. If visiting Malawi from a different region check your iPad Mini can accept a 240 volt supply. If the iPad Mini originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) check that your device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from being damaged whilst powering it up. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in Malawi

Can the iPad Mini be used in Malawi?

You can connect the iPad Mini to a Malawian power outlet.

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

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

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the included heads over. If your model of iPad Mini supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these power chargers and additional compatibility with more power hungry devices. This means you can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple travel adapters or using up additional power outlets. By only bringing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage. Due to their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and e-readers without needing an additional power outlet.

We suggest buying a versatile travel adapter like this at an electronics retailer; the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different 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 visitors 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 converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, North 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 power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Malawi.
  • 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 from North America using type B plugs. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Malawi.
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad Mini in Malawi?

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

The Wiki Connections guide on how to power your iPad Mini from a Malawian power outlet by using the Lightning Apple connector and a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter.

  1. In order to charge the iPad Mini from a Malawian power outlet you will need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple normally include this cable with your iPad Mini.
  2. Plug the Type G USB power adapter in the Malawian power outlet. You can recognise this wall supply by three vertical rectangular holes in a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB Apple Lightning power cord into the power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad Mini.
  4. Switch 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 between 1-4 hours to fully recharge.
Charging the iPad Mini from a Malawian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

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. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters