Charging the iPad 4 when staying in Zambia

Instructions showing you how to power your iPad 4 with a Zambian power outlet with a USB Lightning Apple connector with a two pin Type C Europlug power charger, charging the iPad 4 using a Type G USB charger and how to power the iPad 4 using a Type D power adapter

Zambian power outlet

Varying different standards and voltages can often be daunting when planning to travel to another country if you've never been there before. These instructions have been specifically written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPad 4 when you are travelling to Zambia.When you're planning a trip to Zambia these useful instructions show how to power your iPad 4 by using the Type G, C or D Zambian 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, a majority of Zambians will normally use Type G power outlets. If you are visiting Zambia from a different region please check that your iPad 4 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If your iPad 4 originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check that the device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged when charging it. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 4.

Charging the iPad 4 in Zambia

Can the iPad 4 be used in Zambia?

Yes, you can use the iPad 4 in Zambia.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPad 4 in Zambia?

If you are travelling with more than your iPad 4 and visiting multiple countries the best travel power adapter for Zambia is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are three different types of plug sockets in Zambia (types 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 plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the plugs over. If your iPad 4 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these types of USB power chargers, and compatibility with more power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other chargers having a 4 port charger means you can charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack multiple travel chargers or occupying additional wall sockets. Only needing to bring a single travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage. Because of their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without needing an additional wall outlet.

We suggest searching for a flexible power adapter of this nature 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 different countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Zambia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial for travellers to counties with unreliable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental 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 portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting Zambia.
  • 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. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just 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 flexible 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Zambia. [10] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPad 4 in Zambia?

Powering the iPad 4 with a Zambian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Instructions on how to charge your iPad 4 from a Zambian power outlet with a USB Lightning connector and a Type G USB adapter.

  1. To supply power to the iPad 4 using a Zambian power outlet you'll need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the cable is normally supplied with the device by Apple).
  2. Begin by inserting the Type G USB power adapter into the power outlet. You can recognise the wall supply by the 3 vertical rectangular slots in a triangular shape for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into 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. Turn on the Zambian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the iPad 4 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad 4 is charging, typically taking between 60-240 minutes to fully recharge.
Powering the iPad 4 with a Zambian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Powering the iPad 4 with a Zambian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Instructions showing you how to power your iPad 4 with a Zambian power outlet with a USB Lightning Apple connector with a two pin Type C Europlug power charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad 4 from a Zambian power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should typically include this cable when you purchase your iPad 4).
  2. Firstly plug the Type C USB power adapter in the power outlet. The wall outlet can be recognised by 2 round adjacent holes next to each other where the pins go.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB charging cable into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad 4.
  4. Switch on the Zambian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up and takes roughly 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad 4 with a Zambian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Powering the iPad 4 with a Zambian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

Instructions showing how to power the iPad 4 with a Zambian power outlet using a Lightning Apple cable with a three pinned Type D power charger.

  1. To power the iPad 4 using a Zambian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type D USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the cable is normally supplied with your device by Apple).
  2. Begin by inserting the Type D USB power adapter into the power outlet. You can recognise the wall outlet by the 3 round holes in a triangle pattern for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB charging cord into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad 4.
  4. Switch on the Zambian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes around 1 - 4 hours to recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad 4 with a Zambian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Zambian Wikipedia web 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, priced at C$10-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, priced at around 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, costs C$15-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, costs 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, around C$15.