Charging your iPad Mini from a power outlet in Swaziland

How to connect a Swazi power outlet to the iPad Mini

Swazi power outlet

Varying different voltages and plugs can all lead to confusion when planning to stay in another country if you've never been there before. This page has been written to help assist travellers wanting to power their iPad Mini when they are travelling to Swaziland.When you are visiting Swaziland the following useful instructions show how to charge the iPad Mini by using their 230 volt 50Hz Type M plug supply. If you are visiting Swaziland from another region please check the iPad Mini can accept a 240v supply. If the iPad Mini was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check that your iPad Mini is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged when charging it. If you intend to visit a place like Manzini or Mbabane we recommend reading the Wikipedia.org web page about Swaziland [1] for more information. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in Swaziland

Can the iPad Mini be used in Swaziland?

Yes, you can connect the iPad Mini to a Swazi power outlet by using a power adaptor.

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

If you are travelling to more than one country or bringing along more than your iPad Mini the best international travel charger for Swaziland to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [6].

As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world just by changing the heads over. If your type of iPad Mini supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these types of USB power adapters, plus additional support for certain power hungry devices. Unlike other travel chargers having a 4 port adapter means you can recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring seperate power adapters or occupying additional power sockets. Only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage whilst travelling as well as being suitable for charging your iPad Mini at an airport or on a flight. Due to their space saving versatility these types of chargers can be used back at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets and smartphones using just a single power outlet.

We suggest searching for this type of flexible travel adapter at an electronics retailer. The travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been tested successfully for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Swaziland

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 America going to Swaziland.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This gives the same set of features as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 Swaziland.
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad Mini in Swaziland?

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

Using a USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type M power adapter to power the iPad Mini with a Swazi power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad Mini using a Swazi power outlet you'll need a Type M USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - usually included with the device.
  2. Start by plugging the Type M USB power adapter into the wall supply. This plug supply, technically known as a Type M power outlet [3], can be identified by 3 large circular holes in a triangular shape.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad Mini.
  4. Switch on the Swazi 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 is recharging, typically taking between one to four hours to fully recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad Mini with a Swazi power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swaziland - Wikipedia.org web page about Swaziland
  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/typeM.htm - Type M power outlet
  4. Type M USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type M mains power outlet
  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