How to charge the iPad from a power outlet in Madagascar

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPad from a Malagasy power outlet by using a USB 30-pin Apple connector and a 3 pinned Type D power charger, recharging the iPad using a two pin Type C USB adapter and how to recharge the iPad using a two pinned Type E USB plug

Malagasy power outlet

If you are packing for a vacation to Madagascar it's helpful to know in advance if you can power all your common gadgets that you'll be bringing along with you. Without knowing which wall socket is being used you are likely to bring the wrong power adaptor, leaving you needing to buy or borrow a suitable power adaptor when you're there. Different region codes and plugs can all cause confusion when planning to stay in a different country especially if you've never been there before. This guide was specifically written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPad when you're in Madagascar.If you are planning a vacation to Madagascar this page has useful instructions showing how to power the iPad using their standard types D, C, E, J or K Malagasy 127 volt 50Hz power outlets, Type D plug outlets will be typically used by most Malagasy. If the iPad charges slowly or does not power up when travelling to Madagascar from another region check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Devices which originate from a country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts either take longer to charge or won't turn on, check that the iPad is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to ensure proper use. If you intend on staying in a city such as Antananarivo please read the Madagascar Wikipedia page [1] for more information prior to the location. 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 are running Apple iOS 5 or greater on the iPad.

Charging the iPad in Madagascar

Can you use the iPad in Madagascar?

Yes, you can use the iPad in Madagascar by using a power convertor.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad in Madagascar?

If travelling with more than your iPad or visiting multiple countries the best travel adapter for Madagascar to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are five different standards of wall outlets that Malagasy use (types D, C, E, J and K) and using a travel charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the included heads over. If your iPad is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these power adapters, along with support for certain power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port charger will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple travel adapters for your Malagasy trip. Only packing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets and smartphones with only a single wall outlet.

We suggest searching for this type of versatile travel charger at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Madagascar

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, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These travel adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from America visiting Madagascar using 3 pin type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs and is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at 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 suitable for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Madagascar. [14] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad in Madagascar?

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad from a Malagasy power outlet

A guide on how to power the iPad with a Malagasy power outlet with a 30 pin Apple cable with a Type C power adapter.

  1. To supply power to your iPad from the Malagasy power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], normally supplied with the device.
  2. Insert the Type C USB power adapter in the Malagasy power outlet. This unearthed wall outlet (known as the Europlug) can be identified by the two round adjacent holes where the twin plug outlet pins go.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector is found at the base of the iPad.
  4. Turn on the Malagasy power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging and takes roughly 60 to 240 minutes to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad from a Malagasy power outlet

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

A guide showing how to power your iPad with a Malagasy power outlet by using a 30 pin Apple cable with a Type D power adapter.

  1. In order to power the iPad using a Malagasy power outlet you'll need to use a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will usually supply the USB cable when you purchase the iPad).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type D USB power adapter and inserting it into the wall outlet. The plug outlet (technically known as the Type D power outlet [6]) can be identified by three circular holes in a triangle shape.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector is found at the base of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the Malagasy power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes between one to four hours to recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad with a Malagasy power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPad from a Malagasy power outlet

Using a USB 30 pin Apple connector with a Type E power charger to charge the iPad from a Malagasy power outlet.

  1. To power the iPad from a Malagasy power outlet you will need a Type E USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple will usually supply the USB cable when you purchase the iPad.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type E USB power adapter in the power supply. This circular plug outlet (called the Type E power outlet [8] or CEE 7/7 outlet) can be recognised by the two 4.8mm adjacent holes plus a single metal earth pin protruding from the top forming a triangle shape.
  3. Then connect one end of the cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector is found at the bottom of the iPad.
  4. Turn on the Malagasy power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging which should take around 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPad from a Malagasy power outlet

Charging the iPad from a Malagasy power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type J USB adapter

A guide showing how to power your iPad with a Malagasy power outlet by using a USB 30 pin Apple connector with a Type J power adapter.

  1. In order to charge your iPad using a Malagasy power outlet you'll need to use a Type J USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will usually supply this USB cable when you buy the iPad).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type J USB power adapter into the wall outlet. You can identify this squashed hexagon shaped plug outlet by 3 large round holes forming a triangle shape.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector is found at the base of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the Malagasy power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes between one to four hours to recharge.
Charging the iPad from a Malagasy power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type J USB adapter

How to use a Type K power charger for recharging your iPad from a Malagasy power outlet

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPad from a Malagasy power outlet by using a USB 30-pin Apple connector and a 2 pinned Type K power charger.

  1. To power the iPad from a Malagasy power outlet you will need a Type K USB power adapter [13] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple will usually supply this USB cable when you purchase the iPad.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type K USB power adapter in the Malagasy power outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by 3 large holes forming a triangle configuration for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Connect one end of the power cord into the bottom of the mains USB charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector can be found at the base of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the Malagasy power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up which takes roughly 1-4 hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type K power charger for recharging your iPad from a Malagasy power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Madagascar Wikipedia page
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, C$15-C$20.
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, under C$15.
  6. iec.ch - Type D power outlet
  7. Type D USB power adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D USB chargers have large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, costing under C$20.
  8. iec.ch - Type E power outlet
  9. Type E USB power adapter - There are two 4.8mm pins on Type E USB chargers which are placed 19mm apart and may include a hole for an earthing pin, priced at around C$15.
  10. iec.ch - Type J power outlet
  11. Type J USB power adapter - Type J USB chargers have three rounded pins placed in a flattened triangular pattern with the top pin acting as an earth, under C$20.
  12. iec.ch - Type K power outlet
  13. Type K USB power adapter - There are three pins on a Type K USB charger comprising of two large rounded pins and a bottom semi-circular grounding pin, under C$10.
  14. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, C$15-C$20.