How to charge your iPad from a power outlet in Swaziland

How to connect a Swazi power outlet to the iPad

Swazi power outlet

Complicated region codes and plugs can all cause confusion when planning to stay in a different country especially for the first time traveller. This isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used in the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need to purchase in advance to power the iPad in Swaziland. This page was specifically written to prevent visitors needing to worry if they can power their iPad when going to Swaziland.If you're going to Swaziland this page has useful instructions showing how to power the iPad using their standard 230 volt 50Hz Type M Swazi power outlet. Power sources will vary regionally so we recommend that you read the WikiConnections world power connections guide for a full list showing powering devices in different destinations. If you are visiting Swaziland from a different country ensure the iPad can accept a 240v supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure your device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overheating when charging it. This page details the original iPad first generation, visit the Apple category page for the latest range of Apple iPads. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 5 or greater on the iPad.

Charging the iPad in Swaziland

Can the iPad be used in Swaziland?

You can use the iPad in Swaziland by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best travel charger for the iPad in Swaziland?

If you are travelling to more than one country or bringing along more than just your iPad the best travel power adapter for Swaziland to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [6].

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the plugs over. If your model of iPad is compatible with Fast Charge (note not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB power chargers and additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices. Unlike other travel adapters having a 4 port charger means you can charge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring individual power chargers or using up additional wall outlets. By only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and e-readers and using only a single plug socket.

We suggest buying this type of versatile travel adapter online. The travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Swaziland

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from America visiting Swaziland using 3 pin type B US plug sockets.
  • 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 originating from North America 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 ideal for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Swaziland.
What is the best travel charger for the iPad in Swaziland?

Powering the iPad with a Swazi power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

A page on how to recharge the iPad with a Swazi power outlet with a 30 pin Apple cable with a Type M power adapter.

  1. In order to power the iPad using a Swazi power outlet you'll need to use a Type M USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple should usually supply the USB cable when you purchase the iPad.
  2. Insert the Type M USB power adapter in the Swazi power outlet. The power supply (technically called a Type M power outlet [3]) can be recognised by the three holes in a triangular pattern.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector is found at the base of the iPad.
  4. Turn on the Swazi power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is charging taking between 1 - 4 hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPad with a Swazi power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swaziland - Wikipedia page about Swaziland
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1632/en_US/ipad_ios5_user_guide.pdf - Official iPad user guide
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeM.htm - Type M power outlet
  4. Type M USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type M mains power outlet, between $10 to $15 USD (£5-£10 GBP / under C$20).
  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 cost between $5 to $10 USD (under £4 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, between $10 to $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / under C$20).