How to charge your iPad Mini from a power outlet in Zimbabwe

Using the Lightning Apple cable with a Type G power adapter to charge the iPad Mini from a Zimbabwe power outlet and how to charge the iPad Mini using a three pinned Type D USB plug.

Zimbabwe power outlet

Various standards and plugs can all be confusing when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never visited before. These instructions have been written to prevent you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPad Mini abroad.The following step-by-step guide will show you how to power the iPad Mini when you're in Zimbabwe by using their G or D type Zimbabwe 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets, most Zimbabweans will typically use the Type G sockets in their plug outlets. When you are visiting Zimbabwe from another region please ensure your iPad Mini can be used with a 240v supply. If the iPad Mini came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check your iPad Mini is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged whilst powering it. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in Zimbabwe

Can the iPad Mini be used in Zimbabwe?

You can use the iPad Mini in Zimbabwe by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad Mini in Zimbabwe?

If travelling to more than one country and bringing along more than just your iPad Mini the best travel power adapter for Zimbabwe to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two different standards of plug sockets that Zimbabweans use (types G and D) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type G.

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the supplied heads over. If your iPad Mini supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times with one of these travel adapters, plus support for more power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other adapters having a 4 port adapter means you can power multiple devices at the same time without needing to bring individual power chargers for your trip to Zimbabwe or using up additional wall outlets. By only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage as well as being suitable for recharging your iPad Mini at the airport or on a plane. Because of their flexibility these types of chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without needing an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling on a regular basis we recommend buying a versatile travel charger similar to this online. The travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Zimbabwe

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These travel converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Zimbabwe 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 most popular portable option for travellers originating from North America going to Zimbabwe using type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs. This offers the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Zimbabwe.
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad Mini in Zimbabwe?

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

Using the Lightning Apple cable with a Type G power adapter to charge the iPad Mini from a Zimbabwe power outlet.

  1. To power the iPad Mini from the Zimbabwe power outlet you will need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will usually supply the USB cable when you purchase the iPad Mini.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type G USB power adapter in the power supply. You can recognise the plug supply by three vertical rectangular slots with shutters forming a triangular configuration for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Mini.
  4. Turn on the Zimbabwe power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging taking roughly 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from a Zimbabwe power outlet

Charging the iPad Mini from a Zimbabwe power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

A step by step guide showing you how to recharge your iPad Mini from a Zimbabwe power outlet using the Apple Lightning cable and a three pin Type D USB adapter.

  1. In order to charge your iPad Mini using a Zimbabwe power outlet you'll need to use a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will usually supply the USB cable when you purchase the iPad Mini).
  2. Firstly insert the Type D USB power adapter into the Zimbabwe power outlet. The plug supply (technically known as a Type D power outlet [6]) can be identified by the 3 holes in a triangular pattern.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple USB cord into the bottom of the mains power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Mini.
  4. Switch on the Zimbabwe power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad Mini will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up which should take between 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
Charging the iPad Mini from a Zimbabwe power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zimbabwe - wikipedia.org entry about Zimbabwe
  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. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters