How to charge your iPad Mini from a power outlet in Zambia

Instructions showing how to charge the iPad Mini with a Zambian power outlet by using the Lightning Apple connector and a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter, how to recharge the iPad Mini using a two pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter and recharging the iPad Mini using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

Zambian power outlet

When packing for a holiday it can be useful to know in advance if you can power your common devices such as cell phones and cameras when you're there. Without knowing which wall socket to expect you could bring the wrong power adaptor, therefore having to buy or borrow a suitable adaptor on arrival. Varying different combinations of region codes and plugs can often be daunting when planning on travelling to another country, especially for the first time traveller. This page has been specifically written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPad Mini when Zambia.This guide shows what you'll need to charge the iPad Mini when travelling to Zambia by using the standard types G, C or D Zambian 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, please note that Type G wall outlets will be normally used by most Zambians. When you are visiting Zambia from a different country make sure the iPad Mini can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If the iPad Mini came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) check that your device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to avoid the device from over-heating whilst powering it. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in Zambia

Can you use the iPad Mini in Zambia?

Yes, you can use the iPad Mini in Zambia.

What is the best power charger for the iPad Mini in Zambia?

If you are travelling to multiple countries the best travel charger for Zambia to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Zambians use three different types of plug sockets (G, C and D) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for both types C and G.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world just by changing the supplied heads over. If your model of iPad Mini supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, and support for certain power demanding devices. Unlike other chargers this means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate power adapters on your trip to Zambia. Because you are only bringing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage as well as being on hand for charging your iPad Mini at an airport or on a flight. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple phones and tablets and using only a single plug socket.

We suggest searching for a versatile travel adapter like this at an electronics retailer. The power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for recharging 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 around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of regions with unstable power grids. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from America going to Zambia using 3 pinned type B US 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 the US using type B plugs and gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at almost half the 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Zambia. [10] [AD]
What is the best power charger for the iPad Mini in Zambia?

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

Using the Lightning Apple connector with a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter to charge the iPad Mini from a Zambian power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your iPad Mini using a Zambian power outlet you will need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the USB cable is usually already supplied with the iPad Mini by Apple).
  2. Plug in the Type G USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This power outlet (technically known as the Type G power outlet [3]) looks like three vertical rectangular holes containing plastic shutters in a triangle configuration.
  3. Connect one end of the USB cord into the power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Mini.
  4. Turn on the Zambian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad Mini will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is charging which takes around 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini with a Zambian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

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

A page on how to power your iPad Mini from a Zambian power outlet by using a USB Lightning connector and a Type C power adapter.

  1. In order to power your iPad Mini using a Zambian power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should typically include the USB cable with your iPad Mini).
  2. Plug in the Type C USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This power outlet can be identified by two circular holes adjacent to each other.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple USB Lightning power cord into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad Mini.
  4. Switch on the Zambian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up, typically taking around 60-240 minutes to recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini with a Zambian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

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

A page on how to power your iPad Mini from a Zambian power outlet by using a USB Lightning Apple connector and a Type D power charger.

  1. In order to charge the iPad Mini from the Zambian power outlet you will need a Type D USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should usually supply this USB cable with your iPad Mini).
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type D USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify this wall supply by 3 circular holes forming a triangular pattern for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Mini.
  4. Switch on the Zambian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is charging which typically takes between 60-240 minutes to recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad Mini with a Zambian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Zambia country entry on wikipedia.org
  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, estimated cost 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, 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, costing 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, priced around C$25.
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costs under C$20.