Charging the iPad 4 when planning a trip to Cape Verde

A page showing how to charge your iPad 4 with a Cape Verdean power outlet using a Lightning connector with a Type C Europlug power adapter and charging the iPad 4 using a Type F Schuko power adapter.

Cape Verdean power outlet

Varying complicated voltages and region codes can often be daunting when planning on visiting another country especially for the first time traveller. These instructions have been specifically written to prepare visitors wanting to power their iPad 4 when they're travelling abroad.When you are planning a holiday to Cape Verde this page contains useful instructions showing charging the iPad 4 by using their standard F or C type Cape Verdean 220 volt 50Hz power outlets, please note Type F power outlets will be used by a majority of Cape Verdeans. You will find power will differ from country to country therefore we recommend reading the World power supplies page for a complete list of regions and countries. When travelling to Cape Verde from a different country please double check the iPad 4 can accept a 240 volt supply. If your iPad 4 was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) check that the device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to avoid the device from overloading whilst powering it up. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 4.

Charging the iPad 4 in Cape Verde

Can you use the iPad 4 in Cape Verde?

You can use the iPad 4 in Cape Verde by using a power adaptor.

Cape Verde

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad 4 in Cape Verde?

If you are travelling with more than your iPad 4 or visiting more than one country the best international travel adapter for Cape Verde is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Cape Verdeans use two different types of wall outlets (types F and C) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type C. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the included heads. If your iPad 4 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers, plus additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other travel chargers this will allow you to power more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel chargers. By only bringing a single international travel charger will also keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage while travelling as well as being suitable for charging your iPad 4 at the airport or on your flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend buying an adaptable travel charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Cape Verde

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 4, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of regions with unreliable power grids. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Cape Verde and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from America going to Cape Verde using 3 pin type B American 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 originating from America using type B plugs and is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half 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 suitable for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Cape Verde. [8]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad 4 in Cape Verde?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from a Cape Verdean power outlet

Using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a 2 pin Type C USB charger to charge your iPad 4 with a Cape Verdean power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad 4 using the Cape Verdean power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should normally supply the cable with the iPad 4).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the Cape Verdean power outlet. The power outlet (known as a Type C power outlet [3]) is identified by the 2 round holes next to each other where the twin pins slide into.
  3. Connect one end of the USB power cord into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad 4.
  4. Switch on the Cape Verdean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad 4 is powering up and takes around 1-4 hours to recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from a Cape Verdean power outlet

Powering the iPad 4 with a Cape Verdean power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Instructions showing how to recharge the iPad 4 from a Cape Verdean power outlet with the USB Lightning Apple cable and a two pin Schuko Type F USB charger.

  1. To charge the iPad 4 from a Cape Verdean power outlet you'll need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - this USB cable is normally already included with the device by Apple.
  2. Start by taking the Type F USB power adapter and plugging it in the Cape Verdean power outlet. This sunken round power supply (known as a Schuko outlet or Type F power outlet [6]) can be identified by the two 4.8mm circular adjacent holes for live and neutral pins, plus two metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad 4.
  4. Switch on the Cape Verdean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad 4 is powering up and takes around 1-4 hours to recharge.
Powering the iPad 4 with a Cape Verdean power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Cape Verde page on Wikipedia
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, under $15 USD (£5-£10 GBP / 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, costs between $15 to $20 USD (around £15 GBP / under C$15).
  6. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  7. Type F USB power adapter - Type F USB chargers are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, priced at between $15 to $20 USD (under £15 GBP / under C$5).
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costing between $15 to $20 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).