How to charge your iPad Mini from a power outlet in Cape Verde

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge the iPad Mini from a Cape Verdean power outlet with a Lightning Apple connector and a two pinned Europlug Type C power charger and recharging the iPad Mini using a Schuko Type F USB adapter.

Cape Verdean power outlet

Varying different combinations of standards and sockets can all be confusing when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never been there before. The following step-by-step guide shows you what you'll need to charge the iPad Mini when staying in Cape Verde by using their F or C type 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets, Type F plug outlets will be typically used by a majority of Cape Verdeans. When travelling to Cape Verde from another country please make sure that your iPad Mini can be used with a 240v supply. If the iPad Mini originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) check that your device 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 overheating when charging it. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in Cape Verde

Can the iPad Mini be used in Cape Verde?

You can connect the iPad Mini to a Cape Verdean power outlet.

What is the best power charger for the iPad Mini in Cape Verde?

When you are travelling to more than one country or bringing along more than just your iPad Mini the best travel adapter for Cape Verde to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Cape Verdeans use two different standards of plug sockets (F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by switching the plugs. If your model of iPad Mini can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times with one of these power adapters, along with additional support for certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters having a four port charger means you can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple travel chargers for your Cape Verdean trip. Because you are only needing to bring a single international USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage. Due to their versatility these types of power chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets with only a single wall outlet.

We suggest buying a versatile power charger similar to this online, the power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Cape Verde

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters 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. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Cape Verde 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 portable power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Cape Verde.
  • 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 and gives the same set of features as the BESTEK with only 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Cape Verde.
What is the best power charger for the iPad Mini in Cape Verde?

Charging the iPad Mini from a Cape Verdean power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge the iPad Mini from a Cape Verdean power outlet with a Lightning Apple connector and a two pinned Europlug Type C power charger.

  1. In order to charge your iPad Mini using a Cape Verdean power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should typically include the USB cable when you first purchase the iPad Mini).
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter in the Cape Verdean power outlet. This unearthed wall supply (called a Type C power outlet [3] or Europlug) is recognised by the two round holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the power 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 is found at the bottom of the iPad Mini.
  4. Turn on the Cape Verdean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes between 1 - 4 hours to completely recharge.
Charging the iPad Mini from a Cape Verdean power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Charging the iPad Mini from a Cape Verdean power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

Simple instructions showing how to recharge your iPad Mini from a Cape Verdean power outlet with the Lightning Apple connector with a 2 pinned Type F power charger.

  1. To supply power to the iPad Mini from the Cape Verdean power outlet you'll need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will typically include the USB cable when you first purchase your iPad Mini.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type F USB power adapter and plugging it in the power outlet. This sunken circular plug outlet, also called a Schuko outlet, can be identified by two holes 19 mm apart from each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins go and thin metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the mains power charger 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 Cape Verdean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging and takes roughly one to four hours to recharge.
Charging the iPad Mini from a Cape Verdean power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cape_Verde - Cape Verde Wikipedia page
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1595/en_US/ipad_user_guide.pdf - Official iPad user guide
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet
  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
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  7. Type F USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type F mains power outlet
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters