How to charge the iPad Mini 4 when visiting Zambia

A guide showing you how to recharge your iPad Mini 4 with a Zambian power outlet with a USB Lightning cable and a three pinned Type G power charger, charging the iPad Mini 4 using a two pin Type C Europlug power plug and how to power the iPad Mini 4 using a three pinned Type D power plug

Zambian power outlet

Varying different combinations of region codes and sockets can all be daunting when planning on staying in a foreign country especially if you've never been there before. These instructions were specifically written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPad Mini 4 abroad.If you're travelling to Zambia this page contains useful instructions showing you how to power your iPad Mini 4 by using the G, C or D type Zambian 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, Type G power outlets will be typically used by most Zambians. When travelling to Zambia from another region check that the iPad Mini 4 can accept a 240v supply. If your iPad Mini 4 came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check that the iPad Mini 4 is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to stop the device from overloading during charging. If you plan on visiting a Zambian place such as Lusaka or Kitwe please read the Zambian Wikipedia web page [1] for more indepth details on travelling to the location. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 9 or greater on the iPad Mini 4.

Charging the iPad Mini 4 in Zambia

Can the iPad Mini 4 be used in Zambia?

Yes, you can use the iPad Mini 4 in Zambia.

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

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing more than just your iPad Mini 4 the best international travel charger for Zambia is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Zambians use three different standards of power outlets (G, C and D) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for both types C and G.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the supplied heads. If your type of iPad Mini 4 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these USB travel chargers along with additional support for certain power hungry devices like tablets. Having a 4 port adapter will also allow you to power multiple devices at the same time without needing to bring seperate power adapters on your Zambian trip or occupying additional wall sockets. By only needing a single lightweight travel charger will keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers and using only a single power outlet.

If you travel often we recommend buying an adaptable power adapter like this online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different 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 who only have USB devices such as the iPad Mini 4, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary for visitors of regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover 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 North America going to Zambia using type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at 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 travel adapter for the iPad Mini 4 in Zambia?

Charging the iPad Mini 4 from a Zambian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

A guide showing you how to recharge your iPad Mini 4 with a Zambian power outlet with a USB Lightning cable and a three pinned Type G power charger.

  1. In order to power the iPad Mini 4 from the Zambian power outlet you will need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple should typically include this cable when you buy the iPad Mini 4.
  2. First plug in the Type G USB power adapter into the Zambian power outlet. This wall outlet (technically known as a Type G power outlet [3]) looks like three holes forming a triangular configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB charging cable into the mains USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 4. The iPad Mini 4 lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Mini 4.
  4. Turn on the Zambian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes roughly one to five and a half hours to fully recharge.
Charging the iPad Mini 4 from a Zambian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

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

Using a USB Lightning Apple connector with a two pin Type C Europlug power charger to recharge the iPad Mini 4 from a Zambian power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to your iPad Mini 4 from the Zambian power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple will normally include this cable when you buy the iPad Mini 4.
  2. First plug in the Type C USB power adapter in the power supply. The plug supply is recognised by two round adjacent holes next to each other where the plug outlet pins go.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 4. The iPad Mini 4 lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Mini 4.
  4. Switch on the Zambian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad Mini 4 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 4 is recharging which takes around 1-4.5 hours to recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad Mini 4 with a Zambian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

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

A guide showing you how to power your iPad Mini 4 with a Zambian power outlet with a USB Lightning cable and a three pinned Type D power charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to your iPad Mini 4 from a Zambian power outlet you will need to buy a Type D USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will normally supply this USB cable when you purchase your iPad Mini 4).
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type D USB power adapter in the power supply. This plug outlet, sometimes called the Type D power outlet [8], looks like 3 circular holes forming a triangular configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB charging cable into the mains USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 4. The iPad Mini 4 lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Mini 4.
  4. Turn on the Zambian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes roughly one to five and a half hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini 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 - iPad Mini 4 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 price 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, 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, estimated price under C$30.
  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.