How to charge the iPad when staying in Zimbabwe

The WikiConnections page on how to power your iPad from a Zimbabwe power outlet with the 30 pin Apple connector and a three pinned Type G USB adapter and how to recharge the iPad using a Type D power charger.

Zimbabwe power outlet

If you are planning a holiday to Zimbabwe it's helpful to know if you'll be able to use all your common devices when you arrive. However without knowing which power socket is being used in Zimbabwe you may bring the wrong charger, meaning needing to borrow a potentially overpriced adaptor when you're there. Varying different combinations of standards and plugs can all be daunting when planning on travelling to a foreign country especially if you've never visited before. This page is a guide showing what you'll need to charge the iPad in Zimbabwe by using the standard types G or D Zimbabwe 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets, Type G power outlets are used by most Zimbabweans. When you are visiting Zimbabwe from a different country check your iPad can be used with a 240v supply. If it was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v check that your iPad is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to prevent the device from being damaged during charging. This page details the original iPad first generation, visit the Apple category page for the latest range of Apple iPads. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 5 or greater on the iPad.

Charging the iPad in Zimbabwe

Can the iPad be used in Zimbabwe?

You can use the iPad in Zimbabwe.

What is the best power charger for the iPad in Zimbabwe?

If travelling to more than one country the best travel charger for Zimbabwe is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two different standards of power outlets in Zimbabwe (types G and D) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type G.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the plugs. If your iPad is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these power chargers and additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters this will also allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to buy individual travel adapters. Because you are only bringing a single travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage as well as being convenient for charging your iPad at the airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones with only a single plug socket.

We suggest buying an adaptable power charger similar to this at an electronics retailer. The power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Zimbabwe

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, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of counties with unreliable power grids. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Zimbabwe and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Zimbabwe using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs. This offers almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 ideal for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Zimbabwe.
What is the best power charger for the iPad in Zimbabwe?

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

Using a USB 30-pin cable with a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter to recharge the iPad from a Zimbabwe power outlet.

  1. To power your iPad using a Zimbabwe power outlet you will need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple normally include the USB cable with your iPad.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type G USB power adapter in the Zimbabwe power outlet. You can identify this power supply by 3 slots in a triangle configuration.
  3. Plug in one end of the power cord into the USB adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad.
  4. Turn on the Zimbabwe power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up, typically taking around one to four hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad from a Zimbabwe power outlet

Powering the iPad with a Zimbabwe power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

Using the 30 pin Apple connector and a Type D power charger to power your iPad from a Zimbabwe power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPad from the Zimbabwe power outlet you'll need to buy a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple normally include the USB cable with your iPad).
  2. Plug in the Type D USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This wall supply (called a Type D power outlet [6]) looks like three round holes forming a triangular pattern for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad.
  4. Turn on the Zimbabwe power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging and takes between 60-240 minutes to recharge.
Powering the iPad with a Zimbabwe power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zimbabwe - wikipedia.org page about Zimbabwe
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1632/en_US/ipad_ios5_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. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters