Charging the iPad Air from a power outlet in Zambia

A guide on how to charge the iPad Air from a Zambian power outlet by using an Apple USB Lightning cable and a Type G power adapter, charging the iPad Air using a two pin Type C Europlug power charger and charging the iPad Air using a three pinned Type D power charger

Zambian power outlet

Various combinations of standards and plug types can all be daunting when planning on staying in a different country, especially to the first time traveller. This isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards being used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what to purchase in advance to charge the iPad Air in Zambia. When you're planning a trip to Zambia these useful instructions show how to power your iPad Air by using their types G, C or D Zambian 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, most Zambians will normally use Type G power outlets. When visiting Zambia from another country make sure that the iPad Air can be used with a 240v supply. If the iPad Air was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts ensure your iPad Air is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overheating during charging. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Air.

Charging the iPad Air in Zambia

Can you use the iPad Air in Zambia?

You can connect the iPad Air to a Zambian power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

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

If you are travelling with more than your iPad Air and visiting multiple countries the best travel charger for Zambia is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are three different types of wall outlets in Zambia (types G, C and D) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for both types C and G. As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by switching the heads over. If your type of iPad Air can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times by using one of these types of power adapters plus additional compatibility with certain power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other travel adapters this will allow you to recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring individual power adapters on your trip. Because you are only bringing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand baggage while travelling. Due to their space saving versatility these types of chargers can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets using only a single power outlet.

If you travel on a regular basis we suggest buying this type of versatile power charger online. The travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign 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 using 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 useful 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 America visiting Zambia using 3 pinned 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 originating from the US using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just one 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Zambia. [10] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPad Air in Zambia?

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

Using a USB Lightning connector and a Type G USB adapter to power the iPad Air with a Zambian power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the iPad Air from 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 your device by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type G USB power adapter and plugging it into the Zambian power outlet. You can recognise this plug outlet by three holes with shutters forming a triangle shape.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB charging cord into the bottom of the mains power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Air.
  4. Switch on the Zambian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging which typically takes around one-four hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad Air with a Zambian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

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

Using an Apple USB Lightning cable and a Type C USB adapter to power the iPad Air with a Zambian power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the iPad Air using a Zambian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], the cable is normally already supplied with your device by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it into the Zambian power outlet. You can recognise this power outlet by two round holes next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple charging cord into the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Air.
  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 iPad Air is powering up which should take between one to four hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPad Air with a Zambian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

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

Using a USB Lightning Apple connector with a three pin Type D USB charger to recharge the iPad Air from a Zambian power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to your iPad Air from a Zambian power outlet you will need to use a Type D USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the USB cable is typically supplied with the device by Apple).
  2. Begin the process by inserting the Type D USB power adapter into the Zambian power outlet. You can recognise this power outlet by three circular holes in a triangular pattern for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Air.
  4. Turn on the Zambian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad Air screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Air is charging, typically taking between 60-240 minutes to fully recharge.
Powering the iPad Air with a Zambian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia web page about Zambia
  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, 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, estimated cost under C$25.
  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 C$25-C$30.
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costing under C$20.