Charging the iPad Mini 2 from a power outlet in Zambia

A guide showing you how to recharge your iPad Mini 2 with a Zambian power outlet with a USB Lightning Apple cable with a double pinned Type C USB adapter, how to power the iPad Mini 2 using a Type G power adapter and charging the iPad Mini 2 using a three pin Type D power charger

Zambian power outlet

Various combinations of voltages and standards can often be daunting when planning to travel to another country if you've never been there before. This guide has been specifically written to stop travellers having to worry if they'll be able to charge their iPad Mini 2 abroad.The following instructions will show how to charge your iPad Mini 2 when visiting Zambia by using their standard Type G, C or D 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, most Zambians typically use the Type G plug outlets. If visiting Zambia from a different country please make sure your iPad Mini 2 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If your iPad Mini 2 came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure the device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to avoid the device from overheating whilst powering it. If you plan to visit a destination like Lusaka or Kitwe we recommend reading the Zambia country wikipedia page [1] for more information. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini 2.

Charging the iPad Mini 2 in Zambia

Can the iPad Mini 2 be used in Zambia?

Yes, you can connect the iPad Mini 2 to a Zambian power outlet by using a power adaptor.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPad Mini 2 in Zambia?

When you are travelling to multiple countries or bringing more than just your iPad Mini 2 then the best international travel adapter for Zambia to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [10]. There are three different standards of plug sockets in Zambia (types G, C and D) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for both types C and G.

As these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by changing the included plugs over. If your iPad Mini 2 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times by using one of these types of travel adapters and additional support for more power hungry devices.

Unlike other travel chargers having a 4 port adapter means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to buy multiple power adapters on your trip. Only packing a single international travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage and suitable for charging your iPad Mini 2 at the airport or on the plane. Due to their space saving versatility these types of chargers can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without using up an additional plug socket.

If you travel to Zambia we recommend buying this type of versatile travel charger online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [10] which has been tested successfully for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Zambia

The 4 port USB travel charger [10] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPad Mini 2, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power adapters are supplied 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 converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power adapter for travellers originating from North America going to Zambia.
  • 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 the US using type B plugs. This offers the same set of features as the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half the 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 Zambia.
What is the best travel adapter for the iPad Mini 2 in Zambia?

Charging the iPad Mini 2 from a Zambian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Using an Apple USB Lightning connector and a Type G USB charger to recharge the iPad Mini 2 from a Zambian power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPad Mini 2 from a Zambian power outlet you'll need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], this USB cable is usually supplied with the device by Apple.
  2. Firstly you'll need to plug the Type G USB power adapter in the power outlet. The wall supply, technically called a Type G power outlet [3], can be identified by 3 rectangular slots in a triangular configuration.
  3. Connect one end of the Lightning cord into the bottom of the power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Turn on the Zambian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up and takes roughly 1 to 4 hours to recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPad Mini 2 from a Zambian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Powering the iPad Mini 2 with a Zambian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

A guide showing you how to recharge your iPad Mini 2 with a Zambian power outlet with a USB Lightning Apple cable with a double pinned Type C USB adapter.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad Mini 2 using a Zambian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will normally supply the USB cable with the iPad Mini 2.
  2. Start by plugging the Type C USB power adapter in the Zambian power outlet. This unearthed plug supply (sometimes called a Europlug) can be recognised by the 2 circular holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB Apple charging cable into the bottom of the mains 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. Turn on the Zambian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPad Mini 2 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 2 is powering up which should take between 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad Mini 2 with a Zambian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

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

Using a Lightning Apple cable and a Type D power adapter to power your iPad Mini 2 with a Zambian power outlet.

  1. To power the iPad Mini 2 using a Zambian power outlet you'll need a Type D USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple typically supply the USB cable with the iPad Mini 2.
  2. Start by plugging the Type D USB power adapter in the Zambian power outlet. You can identify the wall supply by the 3 round holes in a triangle pattern for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Apple power cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Switch on the Zambian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPad Mini 2 will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 2 is charging, typically taking between one to four hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini 2 with a Zambian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zambia - Zambia country 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, costing under $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  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, costs around $5 USD (£4-£5 GBP / C$130-C$140).
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  7. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet, costs between $10 to $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / under C$20).
  8. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeD.htm - Type D power outlet
  9. Type D USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type D mains power outlet, priced at under $20 USD (£20-£25 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, under $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).