Charging your iPad 2 from a power outlet in Zimbabwe

Simple instructions showing you how to power the iPad 2 with a Zimbabwe power outlet using an Apple USB 30 pin connector and a 3 pin Type G USB charger and how to charge the iPad 2 using a Type D USB plug.

Zimbabwe power outlet

Various combinations of standards and voltages can all be daunting when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never been there before. This page was written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPad 2 when you're going abroad.When you're travelling to Zimbabwe the following useful instructions show how to power your iPad 2 by using their standard Type G or D 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets, please note Type G plug outlets are typically used by most Zimbabweans. If you are travelling to Zimbabwe from a different country please double check the iPad 2 can be charged using a 240v supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check the iPad 2 is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional converter to prevent the device from overheating whilst powering it. If you plan to stay in a tourist destination such as Harare we also suggest reading the Zimbabwe entry on Wikipedia.org [1] for more indepth information. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 2.

Charging the iPad 2 in Zimbabwe

Can the iPad 2 be used in Zimbabwe?

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

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad 2 in Zimbabwe?

When travelling to more than one country or bringing along more than your iPad 2 the best international travel adapter for Zimbabwe to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Zimbabweans use two different types of power outlets (types G and D) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type G. As these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by switching the included heads. If your model of iPad 2 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these USB travel chargers, and compatibility with certain power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other travel chargers having a four port adapter means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy seperate travel chargers for your Zimbabwe trip. Only needing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage while travelling as well as being convenient for recharging your iPad 2 at an airport or on the flight. Due to their space saving versatility these types of chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and e-readers without needing an additional plug socket.

If you travel to different countries we suggest searching for this type of versatile power adapter at your preferred electronics retailer. The travel charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different 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 around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPad 2, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Zimbabwe using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to 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 suitable for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Zimbabwe.
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad 2 in Zimbabwe?

How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPad 2 from a Zimbabwe power outlet

Using the 30-pin Apple cable with a Type G power adapter to power the iPad 2 with a Zimbabwe power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPad 2 from the Zimbabwe power outlet you will need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the USB cable is normally already supplied with your iPad 2).
  2. Start by plugging the Type G USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can identify the wall outlet by the three holes containing plastic shutters in a triangular configuration.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector can be found at the base of the iPad 2.
  4. Turn on the Zimbabwe power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is charging and takes around 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge.
How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPad 2 from a Zimbabwe power outlet

How to use a Type D power charger for charging your iPad 2 from a Zimbabwe power outlet

Using the 30-pin Apple cable and a Type D USB adapter to power the iPad 2 from a Zimbabwe power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPad 2 from the Zimbabwe power outlet you will need to use a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the USB cable is normally already supplied with your iPad 2).
  2. Start by plugging the Type D USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can identify the wall outlet by the three holes in a triangular configuration.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the mains power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector can be found at the base of the iPad 2.
  4. Turn on the Zimbabwe 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 tablet is charging taking around 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge.
How to use a Type D power charger for charging your iPad 2 from a Zimbabwe power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zimbabwe - Zimbabwe entry on Wikipedia.org
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1683/en_US/ipad_ios7_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