Charging your iPad 2 from a power outlet in Tanzania

Using a USB 30 pin Apple cable and a Type G power adapter to power your iPad 2 with a Tanzanian power outlet and powering the iPad 2 using a 3 pin Type D USB plug.

Tanzanian power outlet

If planning a trip it can often be helpful to know in advance if you can use any indispensable devices like mobile phones and laptop computers when you get there. However by not knowing which power socket to expect you are likely to bring the wrong power charger, therefore leaving you needing to buy or borrow a potentially expensive adaptor on arrival. Various combinations of standards and plug types can often lead to confusion when planning to visit another country if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your iPad 2 . These instructions were specifically written to prevent you having to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPad 2 abroad.This step by step guide shows you exactly how to supply power to the iPad 2 in Tanzania using the standard G or D type Tanzanian 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, a majority of Tanzanians typically use Type G power outlets. When travelling to Tanzania from a different country ensure that your iPad 2 can accept a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v double check 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 overloading when charging it. If you intend on staying at a Tanzanian destination like Dar es Salaam or Mwanza please refer to the Tanzania Wikipedia page [1] for more details. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 2.

Charging the iPad 2 in Tanzania

Can you use the iPad 2 in Tanzania?

You can connect the iPad 2 to a Tanzanian power outlet by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad 2 in Tanzania?

If travelling with more than just your iPad 2 and visiting more than one country the best travel charger for Tanzania is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two different types of power outlets in Tanzania (G and D) and using a power adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type G.

Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by changing the plugs over. If your iPad 2 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these travel chargers along with support for more power demanding devices.

Unlike other chargers having a 4 port adapter means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to bring multiple power adapters on your trip. Only packing a single international travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage as well as being suitable for charging your iPad 2 at an airport or on the flight. Due to their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without needing an additional power outlet.

We recommend searching for an adaptable travel adapter similar to this at your preferred electronics retailer - the power adapter illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Tanzania

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These power converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Tanzania 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 most popular compact option for travellers originating from North 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. This gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Tanzania.
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad 2 in Tanzania?

Powering the iPad 2 with a Tanzanian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Using a USB 30 pin cable and a Type G power adapter to power your iPad 2 with a Tanzanian power outlet.

  1. To power the iPad 2 using a Tanzanian power outlet you'll need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], this USB cable is typically supplied with the device by Apple.
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type G USB power adapter in the power outlet. The power supply, technically called a Type G power outlet [3], can be identified by three rectangular holes containing plastic shutters in a triangular pattern for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Plug in one end of the 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector can be found at the base of the iPad 2.
  4. Switch on the Tanzanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPad 2 will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad 2 is charging, typically taking between 60-240 minutes to fully recharge.
Powering the iPad 2 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 2 from a Tanzanian power outlet

The WikiConnections page showing how to recharge the iPad 2 from a Tanzanian power outlet using the USB 30 pin Apple cable and a Type D power adapter.

  1. In order to power the iPad 2 from the Tanzanian power outlet you will need to buy a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (this USB cable is usually supplied with the device by Apple).
  2. Start by plugging the Type D USB power adapter into the Tanzanian power outlet. You can identify the wall supply by the 3 round holes in a triangle pattern for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Connect one end of the USB cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad 2.
  4. Switch on the Tanzanian 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 tablet is recharging which takes around 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPad 2 from a Tanzanian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanzania - Tanzania Wikipedia page
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1683/en_US/ipad_ios7_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 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeD.htm - Type D power outlet
  7. Type D USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type D mains power outlet
  8. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters