How to charge the iPad Air when planning a trip to Tanzania

Instructions showing how to power your iPad Air with a Tanzanian power outlet with the Lightning Apple cable with a three pin Type G USB charger and recharging the iPad Air using a three pinned Type D power plug.

Tanzanian power outlet

Varying different combinations of region codes and sockets can all be confusing when planning on travelling to another country to the first time traveller. This isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of standards used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what to pick up in advance to power the iPad Air in Tanzania. This guide has been written to prevent you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPad Air when you are going to Tanzania.If travelling to Tanzania the following instructions show how to power the iPad Air using the standard Type G or D 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, a majority of Tanzanians will typically use Type G wall outlets. If travelling to Tanzania from a different country make sure the iPad Air can accept a 240v supply. If your iPad Air came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) double check the iPad Air is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overheating when powering up. If you are planning on visiting somewhere such as Dar es Salaam we recommend reading the Wikipedia.org entry about Tanzania [1] for further information on the location. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Air.

Charging the iPad Air in Tanzania

Can the iPad Air be used in Tanzania?

Yes, you can use the iPad Air in Tanzania by using the correct power convertor.

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

When you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing more than just your iPad Air the best international travel charger for Tanzania is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two standards of power outlets that Tanzanians use (G and D) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type G. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied plugs. If your model of iPad Air supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these USB travel adapters and additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other chargers this means you can recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack individual travel adapters for your trip or using up additional wall outlets. Only needing a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when you return home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones, tablets and e-readers without using up an additional power outlet.

For those travelling regularly we recommend buying an adaptable power adapter of this nature at an electronics retailer, the power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous different 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 any country who only have USB devices such as the iPad Air, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover 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 best selling compact option for travellers originating from America visiting Tanzania.
  • 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 from America using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet for 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 perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Tanzania.
What is the best travel charger for the iPad Air in Tanzania?

Charging the iPad Air from a Tanzanian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Instructions showing how to power your iPad Air with a Tanzanian power outlet with the Lightning Apple cable with a three pin Type G USB charger.

  1. In order to power the iPad Air using the Tanzanian power outlet you'll need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will normally supply this cable when you buy the iPad Air.
  2. Start the process by taking the Type G USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. The plug supply, sometimes known as the Type G power outlet [3], looks like 3 holes forming a triangular shape for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad Air.
  4. Switch on the Tanzanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad Air will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging and takes roughly one-four hours to fully recharge.
Charging the iPad Air from 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 Air from a Tanzanian power outlet

Simple instructions showing how to charge your iPad Air from a Tanzanian power outlet by using a USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type D power adapter.

  1. In order to charge your iPad Air using the Tanzanian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], typically already supplied with your device by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by inserting the Type D USB power adapter into the power supply. This plug outlet (technically called a Type D power outlet [6]) looks like three circular holes in a triangle pattern.
  3. Then connect one end of the Lightning power cord into the bottom of the mains power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Air.
  4. Turn on the Tanzanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up which should take between 60 to 240 minutes to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPad Air from a Tanzanian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanzania - Wikipedia.org entry about Tanzania
  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/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 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. 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. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters