How to charge the iPad Mini when visiting Malta

Instructions showing you how to charge your iPad Mini from a Maltese power outlet by using an Apple USB Lightning cable and a three pinned Type G power charger.

Maltese power outlet

If organizing a trip to Malta it can often be useful to know if you'll be able to charge any common devices like mobiles and cameras when you arrive. However, by not knowing which power socket is used you are more likely to bring the wrong charger, thereby leaving you needing to buy a potentially expensive power adaptor when you get there. Various standards and voltages can all be daunting when planning to travel to another country to the first time traveller. This page contains step by step instructions showing you exactly what you'll need to charge the iPad Mini when going to Malta using their standard 230 volt 50Hz Type G plug outlet, with the Maltese using a 13 amp plug for wall outlets. If you are travelling to Malta from a different country please ensure that your iPad Mini can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts ensure your device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to prevent the device from over-heating when charging it. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in Malta

Can the iPad Mini be used in Malta?

Yes, you can use the iPad Mini in Malta.

Malta

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad Mini in Malta?

When travelling with more than your iPad Mini the best travel power adapter for Malta is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the supplied heads. If your type of iPad Mini supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these types of USB power chargers, along with support for more power hungry devices. Unlike other travel adapters this means you can charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack multiple travel chargers. Only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of chargers can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers and using only a single power outlet.

For those travelling regularly we suggest buying an adaptable travel adapter similar to this online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Malta

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPad Mini, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable power grids. These travel adapters come 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 international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Malta 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 originating from the US using type B plugs and offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at almost half 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 perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Malta. [6]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad Mini in Malta?

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

Instructions showing you how to charge your iPad Mini from a Maltese power outlet by using an Apple USB Lightning cable and a three pinned Type G power charger.

  1. In order to charge the iPad Mini using the Maltese power outlet you'll need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should normally include this cable when you buy the iPad Mini).
  2. Start by taking the Type G USB power adapter and inserting it in the power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by three vertical slots in a triangular shape for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB charging cable into the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Mini.
  4. Turn on the Maltese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad Mini will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging taking around 1 - 4 hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from a Maltese power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org 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, between $10 to $15 USD (£20-£25 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, 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, around $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).