How to charge the iPad Air 2 when staying in Malta

How to connect a Maltese power outlet to an iPad Air 2

Maltese power outlet

Various frequencies and region codes can all be daunting when planning on visiting another country, especially for the first time traveller. This page has been specifically written to stop you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPad Air 2 when you are travelling abroad.This guide shows what you'll need to supply power to your iPad Air 2 when you're visiting Malta by using the standard 230 volt 50Hz Type G Maltese wall outlet, with the Maltese using a 13 amp plug for charging. If you are travelling to Malta from a different region check that your iPad Air 2 can be used with a 240v supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check your device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to avoid the device from overloading whilst powering it up. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on an iPad Air 2.

Charging an iPad Air 2 in Malta

Can the iPad Air 2 be used in Malta?

You can use an iPad Air 2 in Malta.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging an iPad Air 2 in Malta?

When you are travelling with more than just your iPad Air 2 or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Malta is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the included heads over. If your model of iPad Air 2 can support Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, and additional support for certain power demanding devices. Having a four port charger means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to buy individual power chargers on your trip to Malta or occupying additional power outlets. By only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple phones and tablets without using up an additional power outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend searching for a flexible power charger like this at an electronics retailer. The power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Malta

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPad Air 2, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Malta 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 Malta.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also 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 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 suitable for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Malta. [6] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging an iPad Air 2 in Malta?

Charging an iPad Air 2 from a Maltese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Using a USB Lightning connector and a Type G power charger to power your iPad Air 2 from a Maltese power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your iPad Air 2 using a Maltese power outlet you will need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (normally included with your device).
  2. Begin by inserting the Type G USB power adapter in the wall outlet. The power outlet, technically known as the Type G power outlet [3], can be recognised by the three vertical rectangular slots containing shutters in a triangle configuration.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the cord into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Turn on the Maltese 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 charging which should take roughly one-four hours to recharge.
Charging an iPad Air 2 from a Maltese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia entry about Malta
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - A Type G USB charger has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin, estimated cost between $10 to $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / around C$15).
  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, priced around $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$10-C$15).
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).