How to charge an iPad Air 2 from a power outlet in Cape Verde

The Wiki Connections guide showing how to power your iPad Air 2 with a Cape Verdean power outlet by using an Apple Lightning cable and a double pin Type C Europlug USB adapter and recharging an iPad Air 2 using a 2 pinned Type F power plug.

Cape Verdean power outlet

When packing for a vacation to Cape Verde it's helpful to know in advance if you can charge your common devices when you're there. But, without knowing which power socket is being used you are more likely to bring the wrong power charger, meaning having to buy or borrow a potentially expensive power adaptor when you're there. Varying different combinations of frequencies and standards can often be daunting when planning on staying in another country to the first time traveller. This guide was specifically written to stop visitors worrying if they can charge their iPad Air 2 when they're going abroad.This page contains useful instructions showing exactly what you'll need to supply power to your iPad Air 2 when you are in Cape Verde by using their F or C type 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets, please be aware Type F wall outlets will be normally used by most Cape Verdeans. If travelling to Cape Verde from another country please double check your iPad Air 2 can accept a 240 volt supply. If the iPad Air 2 was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) double check your iPad Air 2 is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to stop the device from over-heating during charging. These instructions assume that you've downloaded Apple iOS 7 or greater on an iPad Air 2.

Charging an iPad Air 2 in Cape Verde

Can you use an iPad Air 2 in Cape Verde?

Yes, you can use an iPad Air 2 in Cape Verde by using a power convertor.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging an iPad Air 2 in Cape Verde?

If travelling with more than your iPad Air 2 and visiting multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Cape Verde is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Cape Verdeans use two different standards of wall outlets (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 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the heads over. If your model of iPad Air 2 is compatible with Fast Charge (note not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these types of USB travel chargers plus additional compatibility with more power hungry devices. Unlike other adapters having a 4 port adapter will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple travel adapters for your Cape Verdean trip. Because you are only needing to bring a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage and suitable for recharging your iPad Air 2 at an airport or on a flight. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of adapters can be used back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and speakers and using only a single plug socket.

If you travel frequently we suggest buying a versatile power charger similar to this online. The power adapter illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Cape Verde

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPad Air 2, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unreliable power supplies. These travel converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Cape Verde and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 power converter for travellers originating from 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 the US using type B plugs and is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with one 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 ideal for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Cape Verde.
What is the best travel adapter for recharging an iPad Air 2 in Cape Verde?

Powering an iPad Air 2 with a Cape Verdean power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

The Wiki Connections guide showing how to power your iPad Air 2 with a Cape Verdean power outlet by using an Apple Lightning cable and a double pin Type C Europlug USB adapter.

  1. In order to charge your iPad Air 2 using a Cape Verdean power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (normally supplied with the iPad Air 2).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type C USB power adapter into the Cape Verdean power outlet. You can recognise the plug outlet by 2 round holes adjacent to each other where the twin pins sit.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple cable into the bottom of the mains USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Air 2.
  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 charging icon to indicate that the iPad Air 2 is recharging which typically takes around 60-240 minutes to recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering an iPad Air 2 with a Cape Verdean power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad Air 2 from a Cape Verdean power outlet

Using the Lightning Apple cable with a Type F power adapter to charge an iPad Air 2 from a Cape Verdean power outlet.

  1. To power the iPad Air 2 from the Cape Verdean power outlet you will need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple should usually include the USB cable when you purchase the iPad Air 2.
  2. First plug in the Type F USB power adapter into the Cape Verdean power outlet. The recessed circular wall supply (known as the Type F power outlet [6] or Schuko outlet) can be recognised by the two large round holes 19 mm apart from each other where the twin plug outlet pins go and thin metal grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB Lightning power cord into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Switch on the Cape Verdean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad Air 2 will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up which should take between 1-4 hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad Air 2 from a Cape Verdean power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cape_Verde - wikipedia entry about Cape Verde
  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. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters