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

The Wiki Connections guide on how to power your iPad Air from a Cape Verdean power outlet by using the Lightning Apple connector and a 2 pinned Type C Europlug power charger and how to charge the iPad Air using a Schuko Type F USB adapter.

Cape Verdean power outlet

Various standards and plugs can often be daunting when planning on visiting another country especially if you've never visited before. This page has been specifically written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPad Air abroad.When staying in Cape Verde the following instructions show charging your iPad Air by using the standard types F or C 220 volt 50Hz power outlets, most Cape Verdeans will typically use the Type F plugs in their power outlets. When you are visiting Cape Verde from a different country check that the iPad Air can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If the iPad Air was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check your iPad Air 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. If you intend to stay at a city such as Praia or Mindelo we also recommend reading the Cape Verde Wiki page [1] for more indepth details prior to travelling to the area. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Air.

Charging the iPad Air in Cape Verde

Can you use the iPad Air in Cape Verde?

Yes, you can use the iPad Air in Cape Verde by using the correct power adaptor.

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

When you are travelling to more than one country or bringing along more than just your iPad Air the best travel charger for Cape Verde to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two types of plug sockets that Cape Verdeans use (types F and C) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your iPad Air supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these types of USB travel adapters, plus support for certain power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters having a four port charger will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate travel adapters. Only needing to pack a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage as well as being on hand for charging your iPad Air at an airport or on the plane. Because of 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 be used overnight charging multiple phones and tablets with only a single wall outlet.

If you travel frequently we suggest buying this type of flexible power charger at an electronics retailer. The travel adapter illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries 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 any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for travellers to regions with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 best selling 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 travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Cape Verde.
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad Air in Cape Verde?

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

The Wiki Connections guide on how to power your iPad Air from a Cape Verdean power outlet by using the Lightning Apple connector and a 2 pinned Type C Europlug power charger.

  1. To supply power to the iPad Air from the 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 by Apple.
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type C USB power adapter into the wall outlet. The plug outlet, sometimes known as a Type C power outlet [3] or Europlug, is recognised by two circular adjacent holes next to each other.
  3. Plug in the USB 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 bottom of the iPad Air.
  4. Turn on the Cape Verdean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad Air will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is charging, typically taking around 60-240 minutes to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad Air from a Cape Verdean power outlet

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

Learn how to power your iPad Air from a Cape Verdean power outlet using the Lightning Apple connector and a two pinned Type F Schuko USB charger.

  1. In order to charge your iPad Air using a Cape Verdean power outlet you will need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will typically supply this cable with your iPad Air).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type F USB power adapter in the Cape Verdean power outlet. This round wall supply (called a Schuko plug) can be identified by two 4.8mm round adjacent holes next to each other along with a pair of two thin metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the 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. Turn on the Cape Verdean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad Air will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Air is charging which takes around 60-240 minutes to recharge.
Powering the iPad Air 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 Wiki 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. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters