Charging the iPad 4 when planning a trip to Malawi

Using the Apple Lightning connector with a Type G USB charger to charge your iPad 4 with a Malawian power outlet.

Malawian power outlet

Different voltages and plug types can often be confusing when planning on visiting another country especially if you've never been there before. This guide has been written to stop you having to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPad 4 when you are going abroad.If visiting Malawi these instructions show powering the iPad 4 by using their standard 230 volt 50Hz G Type Malawian power outlet, with the Malawians using 13 amp plugs for power outlets. If you are visiting Malawi from another country ensure that your iPad 4 can be charged using a 240v supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) check that the device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to prevent the device from overheating during charging. If you intend on staying at a destination such as Lilongwe read the Wikipedia entry about Malawi [1] for further details. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 4.

Charging the iPad 4 in Malawi

Can you use the iPad 4 in Malawi?

Yes, you can connect the iPad 4 to a Malawian power outlet.

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad 4 in Malawi?

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your iPad 4 then the best travel charger for Malawi to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [6].

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the heads. If your iPad 4 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB power adapters along with compatibility with certain power hungry devices. Unlike other travel chargers this will allow you to charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy individual power adapters for your Malawian trip or using up additional power sockets. Only packing a single international travel charger will also keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage while travelling. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers using just a single wall outlet.

For those travelling to Malawi we suggest searching for a flexible power adapter like this at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Malawi

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Malawi 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 compact option for travellers originating from America going to Malawi.
  • 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 the US using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half 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 majority of travellers from around the world visiting Malawi.
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad 4 in Malawi?

How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPad 4 from a Malawian power outlet

Learn how to recharge your iPad 4 with a Malawian power outlet using a Lightning connector with a 3 pin Type G power adapter.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad 4 using the Malawian power outlet you will need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], usually supplied with your iPad 4.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type G USB power adapter into the Malawian power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the three rectangular slots with plastic shutters in a triangular shape.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad 4.
  4. Switch on the Malawian 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 tablet is recharging, typically taking between 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPad 4 from a Malawian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malawi - Wikipedia entry about Malawi
  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, under C$20.
  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 C$130-C$140.
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced C$15-C$20.