How to charge the iPad when staying in Malta

Using the 30 pin Apple connector and a three pinned Type G USB adapter to charge the iPad with a Maltese power outlet.

Maltese power outlet

If you are planning a trip to Malta it can often be useful to know in advance if you can charge any vital gadgets when you're there. Without knowing which wall socket to expect you could bring the wrong charger, therefore leaving you having to buy or borrow a suitable adaptor when you're there. Varying different combinations of region codes and plugs can often be daunting when planning to stay in another country, especially for the first time traveller. These instructions were written to stop visitors needing to worry if they can power the iPad abroad.The following step-by-step instructions shows you exactly how to power the iPad when travelling to Malta by using a 230 volt 50Hz G Type power outlet, the Maltese will use 13 amp plugs for power outlets. When travelling anywhere you'll find that most power supplies change from country to country so please read the Wiki Connections global power connections list for a full list showing regions. If travelling to Malta from another country please make sure that your iPad can be used with a 240v supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v make sure that the iPad is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to avoid the device from overloading when powering up. If you plan to visit a Maltese destination like Birkirkara we suggest referring to the wikipedia.org page about Malta [1] for more indepth details prior to travelling to the area. This page details the original iPad first generation, visit the Apple category page for the latest range of Apple iPads. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 5 or greater on the iPad.

Charging the iPad in Malta

Can the iPad be used in Malta?

You can connect the iPad to a Maltese power outlet by using a power convertor.

Malta

What is the best travel charger for the iPad in Malta?

If travelling with more than your iPad and visiting more than one country the best travel charger for Malta is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger.

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 supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, and support for certain power demanding devices. This means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to buy individual travel adapters on your trip to Malta. Because you are only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage as well as being on hand for charging your iPad at an airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones, tablets and e-readers with only a single wall outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend searching for an adaptable power charger similar to this online, the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Malta

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, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Malta and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact option for travellers originating from North America visiting Malta.
  • 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 North America using type B plugs. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 suitable for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Malta. [6]
What is the best travel charger for the iPad in Malta?

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

Instructions on how to power your iPad from a Maltese power outlet with a USB 30-pin cable and a Type G power charger.

  1. If you want to power your iPad using a Maltese power outlet you will need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], this cable is typically included with your device.
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type G USB power adapter in the Maltese power outlet. The plug outlet (sometimes called a Type G power outlet [3]) looks like three vertical slots in a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad.
  4. Turn on the Maltese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging and takes between 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad with a Maltese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org page about Malta
  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 under C$5.
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, under C$15.
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced at under C$20.