How to charge the iPad 3 when planning a trip to Zambia

Instructions showing how to power your iPad 3 with a Zambian power outlet with a USB 30-pin connector and a 3 pinned Type G power charger, how to charge the iPad 3 using a two pinned Type C power plug and recharging the iPad 3 using a Type D power charger

Zambian power outlet

Various frequencies and region codes can often lead to confusion when planning on visiting a different country especially if you've never been there before. When you are staying in Zambia this page has useful instructions showing powering your iPad 3 by using the G, C or D type Zambian 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, you will find a majority of Zambians will use Type G plug outlets. When you are travelling to Zambia from another country please double check your iPad 3 can accept a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to stop the device from being damaged during charging. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 3.

Charging the iPad 3 in Zambia

Can the iPad 3 be used in Zambia?

You can use the iPad 3 in Zambia by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad 3 in Zambia?

If travelling with more than just your iPad 3 then the best international travel charger for Zambia to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Zambians use three different standards of power outlets (G, C and D) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for both types C and G. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied plugs. If your model of iPad 3 supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these travel adapters plus compatibility with more power demanding devices.

Unlike other travel chargers this will also allow you to power multiple devices at the same time without needing to bring individual power adapters. Only bringing a single USB travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage while travelling. Because of their space saving versatility these types of adapters can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones, tablets and e-readers without using up an additional power outlet.

If you travel to different continents we recommend buying this type of flexible travel adapter at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Zambia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices via USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is crucial when visiting counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These travel converters 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 travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from America going to Zambia 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 from North America using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for 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 Zambia. [10] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad 3 in Zambia?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad 3 from a Zambian power outlet

Using a USB 30 pin connector and a Type G power charger to charge the iPad 3 from a Zambian power outlet.

  1. To power the iPad 3 from a Zambian power outlet you will need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple typically supply this USB cable when you purchase the iPad 3.
  2. Start the process by taking the Type G USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by three vertical slots containing plastic shutters in a triangle pattern.
  3. Connect one end of the cable into the mains USB adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector can be found at the base of the iPad 3.
  4. Switch on the Zambian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad 3 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging which should take around 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad 3 from a Zambian power outlet

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad 3 from a Zambian power outlet

A guide showing how to power the iPad 3 with a Zambian power outlet with a USB 30 pin connector and a Type C power charger.

  1. If you want to charge your iPad 3 using a Zambian power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (usually already included with your iPad 3 by Apple).
  2. Start by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. You can identify this power outlet by 2 circular holes adjacent to each other where the two plug outlet pins go.
  3. Then connect one end of the 30 pin cord into the bottom of the mains power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector is found at the base of the iPad 3.
  4. Turn on the Zambian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad 3 is charging, typically taking roughly 1-4 hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad 3 from a Zambian power outlet

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

A guide on how to recharge the iPad 3 with a Zambian power outlet with a USB 30-pin Apple connector with a Type D power adapter.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad 3 from the Zambian power outlet you will need a Type D USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], typically already supplied with your device by Apple.
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type D USB power adapter into the Zambian power outlet. This wall supply (known as the Type D power outlet [8]) can be identified by 3 circular holes forming a triangular shape for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector is found at the bottom of the iPad 3.
  4. Turn on the Zambian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up which should take between 60 to 240 minutes to recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad 3 with a Zambian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Zambia country Wiki 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, C$10-C$15.
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, estimated price 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, costing under 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.