Charging the iPad Mini when planning a trip to Tanzania

Using the USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type G USB charger to charge your iPad Mini with a Tanzanian power outlet and powering the iPad Mini using a Type D USB plug.

Tanzanian power outlet

When packing for a holiday to Tanzania it is useful to know if you can use any common electronics at your hotel. By not knowing which power socket to expect you are likely to bring the wrong adaptor, therefore needing to buy or borrow a suitable power adaptor when you're there that might be incompatible and cause damage to your iPad Mini. Various combinations of frequencies and standards can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country for the first time traveller. This isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of standards used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what to pick up in advance to power your iPad Mini . These instructions have been specifically written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPad Mini when travelling abroad.These step by step instructions shows what you'll need to charge your iPad Mini when travelling to Tanzania using the types G or D 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, please note Type G power outlets will be used by a majority of Tanzanians. If you are visiting Tanzania from another region make sure that the iPad Mini can accept a 240 volt supply. If your iPad Mini was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check the device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to avoid the device from over-heating when powering up. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in Tanzania

Can you use the iPad Mini in Tanzania?

Yes, you can connect the iPad Mini to a Tanzanian power outlet.

What is the best power adapter for the iPad Mini in Tanzania?

When travelling with more than just your iPad Mini or visiting more than one country the best international travel adapter for Tanzania is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Tanzanians use two different types of power outlets (types G and D) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type G. Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the included heads. If your iPad Mini can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of power adapters along with compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

Unlike other adapters having a four port adapter will allow you to power more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel chargers on your trip or using up additional power sockets. Because you are only needing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage while travelling as well as being suitable for charging your iPad Mini at the airport or on your flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets and phones without needing an additional plug socket.

We recommend buying this type of versatile power adapter online; the travel charger illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

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 Mini, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 portable power adapter for travellers originating from North 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 originating from America using type B plugs and is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Tanzania.
What is the best power adapter for the iPad Mini in Tanzania?

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

Using the USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type G USB charger to charge your iPad Mini with a Tanzanian power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPad Mini using the Tanzanian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], usually supplied with your iPad Mini.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type G USB power adapter into the power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the three rectangular slots with plastic shutters in a triangular shape.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Apple Lightning cable into the USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Mini.
  4. Switch on the Tanzanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is charging which takes between 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from a Tanzanian power outlet

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

A guide showing how to recharge the iPad Mini from a Tanzanian power outlet using a Lightning connector with a Type D USB charger.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad Mini using the Tanzanian power outlet you will need to use a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], usually supplied with your iPad Mini.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type D USB power adapter into the Tanzanian power outlet. This plug supply (sometimes called the Type D power outlet [6]) can be recognised by 3 circular holes forming a triangle pattern.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Apple Lightning power cable into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Mini.
  4. Switch on the Tanzanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging, typically taking between 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 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/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. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters