How to charge the iPad in Tanzania

A guide showing how to recharge the iPad from a Tanzanian power outlet using the Apple 30-pin connector and a Type G power adapter and charging the iPad using a three pin Type D USB plug.

Tanzanian power outlet

Varying different voltages and region codes can often cause confusion when planning to visit another country, especially to the first time traveller. This page has been written to prepare people wanting to power the iPad abroad.The following step by step guide will show you exactly how to supply power to your iPad when staying in Tanzania using their standard Type G or D 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, Type G power outlets will be normally used by most Tanzanians. If visiting Tanzania from a different country ensure that your iPad can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts make sure your iPad is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to prevent the device from overheating when powering up. 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 are running Apple iOS 5 or greater on the iPad.

Charging the iPad in Tanzania

Can the iPad be used in Tanzania?

Yes, you can use the iPad in Tanzania.

Tanzania

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad in Tanzania?

When travelling with more than your iPad the best travel power adapter for Tanzania is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Tanzanians use two different standards of wall outlets (G and D) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type G.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world just by changing the heads over. If your iPad can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these USB travel chargers along with support for more power hungry devices. Unlike other travel adapters this means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to buy multiple power chargers or occupying additional power sockets. By only needing a single international 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 iPad at the airport or on a plane. Due to their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when you return home so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and speakers and using only a single power outlet.

If you travel regularly we suggest buying this type of versatile travel charger at your preferred electronics retailer; the multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Tanzania

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary for visitors of regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 option for travellers originating from America visiting Tanzania.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly 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 and is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Tanzania. [8]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad in Tanzania?

Powering the iPad with a Tanzanian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

A guide showing how to recharge the iPad from a Tanzanian power outlet using the Apple 30-pin connector and a Type G power adapter.

  1. If you want to supply power to your iPad from a Tanzanian power outlet you will need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (usually already included with the iPad).
  2. Start by taking the Type G USB power adapter and inserting it in the Tanzanian power outlet. The wall supply (sometimes known as a Type G power outlet [3]) looks like 3 rectangular holes with shutters in a triangle pattern.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector can be found at the base of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the Tanzanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up which typically takes between 60-240 minutes to fully recharge.
Powering the iPad with a Tanzanian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPad from a Tanzanian power outlet

Using the USB 30-pin Apple cable with a three pin Type D USB charger to recharge the iPad from a Tanzanian power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPad using the Tanzanian power outlet you will need a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple will usually include the cable with the iPad.
  2. Start the process by taking the Type D USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. The plug supply (known as the Type D power outlet [6]) can be identified by the three holes in a triangular shape for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB 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 Tanzanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes around 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPad from a Tanzanian power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Tanzania page on Wikipedia.org
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  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 (around £15 GBP / under C$5).
  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. iec.ch - Type D power outlet
  7. Type D USB power adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D USB chargers have large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, costing between $10 to $15 USD (£20-£25 GBP / under C$5).
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced at around $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).