How to charge the iPhone in Malawi

Using the USB 30-pin Apple cable with a three pin Type G USB charger to power the iPhone with a Malawian power outlet.

Malawian power outlet

Various standards and plugs can all be confusing when planning to visit another country if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of common standards being used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what to purchase in advance to charge the iPhone . This guide was written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPhone abroad.These instructions will show exactly what you'll need to supply power to the iPhone when travelling to Malawi using a standard 230 volt 50Hz G Type plug outlet, with the Malawians using 13 amp plugs for wall outlets. When travelling to Malawi from another region make sure that the iPhone can accept a 240v supply. If the iPhone was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v ensure that the device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional transformer to prevent the device from being damaged when charging it. If you're planning on taking a trip to a destination like Lilongwe or Blantyre read the Malawi page on Wikipedia.org [1] for further details.

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Charging the iPhone in Malawi

Can the iPhone be used in Malawi?

Yes, you can use the iPhone in Malawi.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone in Malawi?

If you are travelling to more than one country then the best international travel charger for Malawi to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the included heads over. If your type of iPhone can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these types of USB power chargers, along with support for more power hungry devices. Unlike other travel chargers this means you can recharge multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple power chargers or occupying additional wall sockets. By only needing a single lightweight travel charger will keep the overall size down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage while travelling and on hand for charging your iPhone at the airport or on the plane. Due to their versatility these types of power adapters can be used when you return home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets and smartphones and using only a single power outlet.

If you travel to different continents we recommend buying an adaptable travel adapter similar to this online; the multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Malawi

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting regions with unstable power supplies. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover 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 North America visiting 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 from North America using type B plugs and gives almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at 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 majority of travellers from around the world visiting Malawi. [6] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone in Malawi?

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

A guide on how to recharge the iPhone from a Malawian power outlet using the Apple 30-pin connector and a Type G power adapter.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone from a Malawian power outlet you will need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the USB cable is usually included with the iPhone).
  2. Start by taking the Type G USB power adapter and inserting it in the Malawian power outlet. The wall supply (sometimes known as a Type G power outlet [3]) looks like 3 rectangular holes with shutters forming a triangle shape.
  3. Connect one end of the cord into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone. The iPhone dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone.
  4. Turn on the Malawian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your mobile will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is charging and takes roughly 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPhone with a Malawian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Malawi page on Wikipedia.org
  2. Apple - the original iPhone product manual
  3. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - A Type G USB charger has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin, between $10 to $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / around C$15).
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, estimated price between $5 to $10 USD (£5-£10 GBP / under C$15).
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated cost around $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).