Charging your iPad Air 2 from a power outlet in Zambia

Instructions showing you how to power an iPad Air 2 with a Zambian power outlet using the Apple USB Lightning connector and a Type C Europlug power adapter, powering an iPad Air 2 using a Type G power adapter and how to power an iPad Air 2 using a Type D USB adapter

Zambian power outlet

Varying different frequencies and region codes can all be daunting when planning on visiting another country especially if you've never been there before. This page contains step-by-step instructions showing what you'll need to power your iPad Air 2 when you are travelling to Zambia using their standard Type G, C or D 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, Type G wall outlets are used by a majority of Zambians. If you are visiting Zambia from a different region please check the iPad Air 2 can be charged using a 240v supply. If the iPad Air 2 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts make sure your iPad Air 2 is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to stop the device from being damaged when powering up. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on an iPad Air 2.

Charging an iPad Air 2 in Zambia

Can you use an iPad Air 2 in Zambia?

You can connect an iPad Air 2 to a Zambian power outlet.

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

When you are travelling to multiple countries then the best travel power adapter for Zambia is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Zambians use three different types of power outlets (G, C and D) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for both types C and G. Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by switching the supplied plugs. If your iPad Air 2 supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times by using one of these types of travel adapters along with support for more power demanding devices.

Unlike other chargers this will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy seperate travel chargers or occupying additional wall sockets. Because you are only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage as well as being suitable for charging your iPad Air 2 at an airport or on the plane. Due to their space saving versatility these types of chargers can be used back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple phones, tablets and speakers using just a single wall outlet.

If you travel on a regular basis we suggest searching for a multipurpose power adapter similar to this at your preferred electronics retailer - the travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Zambia

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, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary for travellers to counties with unreliable power grids. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Zambia and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact option for travellers originating from North America visiting Zambia using 3 pinned type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs and is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Zambia. [10] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for an iPad Air 2 in Zambia?

Powering an iPad Air 2 with a Zambian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Instructions showing how to charge your iPad Air 2 with a Zambian power outlet with a USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type G power adapter.

  1. To power the iPad Air 2 using the Zambian power outlet you'll need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - usually already included with the iPad Air 2.
  2. Start the process by taking the Type G USB power adapter and inserting it in the Zambian power outlet. You can recognise this power outlet by three rectangular holes with shutters in a triangular shape for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Plug in one end of the Lightning cord into the bottom of the USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Switch on the Zambian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging which should take around 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge.
Powering an iPad Air 2 with a Zambian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Powering an iPad Air 2 with a Zambian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Using the USB Lightning Apple connector with a double pin Type C USB adapter to power an iPad Air 2 with a Zambian power outlet.

  1. To power your iPad Air 2 using the Zambian power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - usually included with the device.
  2. Start the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it in the Zambian power outlet. The power supply (called the Type C power outlet [6] or Europlug) is identified by the two holes adjacent to each other.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB Apple charging cord into the bottom of the power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Turn on the Zambian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes around one-four hours to recharge.
Powering an iPad Air 2 with a Zambian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Powering an iPad Air 2 with a Zambian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

A step by step guide showing how to recharge your iPad Air 2 with a Zambian power outlet with the Apple Lightning cable and a Type D USB adapter.

  1. If you want to power the iPad Air 2 using a Zambian power outlet you'll need a Type D USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - typically already included with the iPad Air 2.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type D USB power adapter and inserting it in the Zambian power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by three holes in a triangular configuration.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Switch on the Zambian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging, typically taking roughly one to four hours to fully recharge.
Powering an iPad Air 2 with a Zambian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Zambian Wikipedia page
  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, costs under 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, costs under C$15.
  6. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  7. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, under C$20.
  8. iec.ch - Type D power outlet
  9. Type D USB power adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D USB chargers have large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, estimated cost C$15-C$20.
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, under C$20.