How to charge your iPad Mini 2 from a power outlet in Tanzania

Using an Apple USB Lightning connector and a three pinned Type G USB adapter to recharge your iPad Mini 2 from a Tanzanian power outlet and recharging the iPad Mini 2 using a 3 pinned Type D power plug.

Tanzanian power outlet

Varying different combinations of voltages and plug types can all be confusing when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never been there before. This page has been written to prevent you having to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPad Mini 2 when you're in Tanzania.The following step-by-step guide will show you what you'll need to power the iPad Mini 2 when travelling to Tanzania using their G or D type Tanzanian 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, Type G plug outlets will be typically used by a majority of Tanzanians. If travelling to Tanzania from another country please check that your iPad Mini 2 can be used with a 240v supply. If the iPad Mini 2 originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) double check your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to avoid the device from overheating when charging it. If you're planning on staying in a destination like Dar es Salaam please refer to the Tanzania Wikipedia page [1] for more information. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini 2.

Charging the iPad Mini 2 in Tanzania

Can you use the iPad Mini 2 in Tanzania?

Yes, you can use the iPad Mini 2 in Tanzania by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best travel charger for the iPad Mini 2 in Tanzania?

If travelling with more than just your iPad Mini 2 then the best 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 types of wall outlets in Tanzania (G and D) and using a travel charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type G.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world just by changing the supplied plugs. If your iPad Mini 2 supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these types of power chargers and additional compatibility with more power demanding devices. Unlike other travel adapters having a 4 port adapter will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to pack individual travel adapters or using up additional power outlets. Only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the overall size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage whilst travelling and on hand for charging your iPad Mini 2 at an airport or on the plane. Due to their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones, tablets and speakers and using only a single plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we recommend buying a versatile travel adapter like this at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Tanzania

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPad Mini 2, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unreliable power supplies. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Tanzania 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 most popular compact power adapter for travellers originating from America visiting Tanzania using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • 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 North America using type B plugs. This offers the same functionality as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a generous 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 travel charger for the iPad Mini 2 in Tanzania?

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

Using an Apple USB Lightning connector and a three pinned Type G USB adapter to recharge your iPad Mini 2 from a Tanzanian power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPad Mini 2 using a Tanzanian power outlet you'll need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - the cable is usually included with your device by Apple.
  2. Begin by taking the Type G USB power adapter and inserting it into the Tanzanian power outlet. This wall supply (technically called a Type G power outlet [3]) can be identified by the three vertical rectangular slots containing shutters forming a triangular pattern.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple USB Lightning power cord into the power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Switch on the Tanzanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 2 is charging, typically taking around 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad Mini 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 Mini 2 from a Tanzanian power outlet

Using an Apple Lightning cable and a Type D USB adapter to charge the iPad Mini 2 from a Tanzanian power outlet.

  1. To power your iPad Mini 2 from the Tanzanian power outlet you'll need a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple normally include this cable with your iPad Mini 2.
  2. First you'll need to plug in the Type D USB power adapter into the wall outlet. The plug outlet, technically called a Type D power outlet [6], looks like 3 holes in a triangle pattern.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Switch on the Tanzanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 2 is recharging taking roughly 60 to 240 minutes to recharge.
How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 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/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