How to charge the iPad from a power outlet in Cape Verde

Using an Apple USB 30-pin cable with a Type C power charger to power your iPad from a Cape Verdean power outlet and how to charge the iPad using a Type F power charger.

Cape Verdean power outlet

Various voltages and sockets can all be daunting when planning to visit a different country if you've never visited before. This guide has been specifically written to prevent people worrying if they can power their iPad abroad.This page is a guide showing exactly how to power the iPad when staying in Cape Verde by using the standard Type F or C Cape Verdean 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets, please note that Type F wall outlets will be normally used by most Cape Verdeans. If you are travelling to Cape Verde from a different country check your iPad can be used with a 240v supply. If your iPad originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure that the iPad is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to stop the device from overheating when charging it. If you plan on staying in a Cape Verdean destination like Praia we suggest referring to the Cape Verde country entry on Wikipedia.org [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 Cape Verde

Can you use the iPad in Cape Verde?

Yes, you can use the iPad in Cape Verde.

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad in Cape Verde?

When you are travelling to more than one country the best travel power adapter for Cape Verde to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Cape Verdeans use two different types of plug sockets (F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

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 simply by changing the supplied heads over. If your model of iPad can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these USB travel adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power demanding devices. Unlike other chargers having a four port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy seperate power chargers or occupying additional power outlets. By only packing a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when you return home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers without needing an additional power outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend searching for an adaptable power charger similar to this online, the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries.

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, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power adapters come 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 travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America going to Cape Verde using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs and gives practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with just 1 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Cape Verde.
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad in Cape Verde?

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad from a Cape Verdean power outlet

Using an Apple USB 30-pin cable with a Type C power charger to power your iPad from a Cape Verdean power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the iPad using a Cape Verdean power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (this cable is usually already supplied with the iPad).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify this wall supply by two circular adjacent holes.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector is found at the base of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the Cape Verdean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up, typically taking around 60-240 minutes to recharge.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad from a Cape Verdean power outlet

Powering the iPad with a Cape Verdean power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Using the 30 pin Apple connector and a 2 pinned Type F USB adapter to charge the iPad with a Cape Verdean power outlet.

  1. In order to power your iPad using a Cape Verdean power outlet you will need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should usually supply the USB cable with your iPad).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type F USB power adapter and plugging it into the Cape Verdean power outlet. This sunken round wall supply can be identified by two large circular holes 19 mm adjacent to each other along with a pair of two thin metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Connect one end of the charging cord into the 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 Cape Verdean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging and takes roughly 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad with a Cape Verdean power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cape_Verde - Cape Verde country entry on Wikipedia.org
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1632/en_US/ipad_ios5_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 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music
  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