How to charge the iPad Air when staying in Malta

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge the iPad Air with a Maltese power outlet by using a USB Lightning connector and a Type G power charger.

Maltese power outlet

If packing for a vacation it can often be useful to know if you'll be able to power your important devices that you'll be bringing with you. By not knowing which power supply is being used you may bring the wrong charger, leaving you needing to purchase a potentially overpriced adaptor when you're there. Varying different combinations of standards and plugs can all be daunting when planning on visiting another country especially if you've never visited before. If you are going to travel to Malta these useful instructions show how to supply power to your iPad Air using their 230 volt 50Hz G Type power outlet, the Maltese will use 13 amp plugs for wall outlets. When you are visiting Malta from a different country check that your iPad Air can accept a 240 volt supply. If the iPad Air came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts ensure the iPad Air is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from being damaged during charging. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Air.

Charging the iPad Air in Malta

Can the iPad Air be used in Malta?

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

Malta

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad Air in Malta?

If travelling to more than one country the best travel charger for Malta is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by changing the supplied heads over. If your model of iPad Air supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these power chargers plus support for certain power demanding devices. Unlike other chargers this will also allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring multiple travel adapters on your trip to Malta. Only bringing a single travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage as well as being on hand for charging your iPad Air at an airport or on a plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones with only a single plug socket.

We suggest buying an adaptable power charger similar to this at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world on a daily basis.

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 Air, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unstable power grids. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Malta 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 most popular compact option for travellers originating from North America going to Malta 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 Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Malta. [6]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad Air in Malta?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad Air from a Maltese power outlet

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge the iPad Air with a Maltese power outlet by using the Lightning Apple connector and a Type G power charger.

  1. To supply power to your iPad Air using a Maltese power outlet you'll need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple normally include the USB cable with your iPad Air.
  2. Begin by taking the Type G USB power adapter and inserting it into the Maltese power outlet. You can identify this wall supply by 3 slots containing shutters forming a triangular shape for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple USB Lightning charging cable into the bottom of the USB power charger 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. Switch on the Maltese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad Air will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Air is recharging taking between one-four hours to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad Air from a Maltese power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Maltese Wikipedia 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, C$4-C$5.
  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$15.
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, C$15-C$20.