Charging the iPad Mini 2 when planning a trip to Cape Verde

Using a Lightning connector with a Type C Europlug power adapter to recharge the iPad Mini 2 with a Cape Verdean power outlet and recharging the iPad Mini 2 using a Schuko Type F power adapter.

Cape Verdean power outlet

When packing for a trip to Cape Verde it can often be useful to know if you can use any common electronics when you arrive. By not knowing which power socket to expect you are likely to bring the wrong adaptor, therefore needing to buy or borrow a suitable power adaptor on arrival that might be incompatible and cause damage to your iPad Mini 2. Various combinations of frequencies and standards can all be daunting when planning on visiting another country for the first time traveller. This isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards being used in the world this guide tells you exactly what to buy in advance to power your iPad Mini 2 . These instructions have been specifically written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPad Mini 2 when travelling abroad.This page contains useful instructions demonstrating how to charge your iPad Mini 2 when going to Cape Verde using the types F or C 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets, please note Type F power outlets will be used by a majority of Cape Verdeans. If you are visiting Cape Verde from another country make sure your iPad Mini 2 can accept a 240 volt supply. If your iPad Mini 2 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check the device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to avoid the device from overloading whilst powering it up. If you intend to stay in a destination such as Praia we recommend reading the Cape Verde Wikipedia page [1] for further details. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini 2.

Charging the iPad Mini 2 in Cape Verde

Can you use the iPad Mini 2 in Cape Verde?

You can use the iPad Mini 2 in Cape Verde by using a power adaptor.

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad Mini 2 in Cape Verde?

If you are travelling to more than one country or bringing more than just your iPad Mini 2 then the best travel charger for Cape Verde to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two standards of wall outlets in Cape Verde (F and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by changing the heads. If your iPad Mini 2 can support Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB power adapters along with compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other travel chargers this will allow you to charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy individual power adapters for your Cape Verdean trip or using up additional power sockets. Only packing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage while travelling. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers without using up an additional wall outlet.

If you travel often we suggest searching for this type of flexible travel charger online - the multipurpose power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

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, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from America going to Cape Verde using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • 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 originating from America using type B plugs and offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more flexible 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 travel charger for recharging the iPad Mini 2 in Cape Verde?

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

Using a Lightning connector with a Type C Europlug power adapter to recharge the iPad Mini 2 with a Cape Verdean power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPad Mini 2 from a Cape Verdean power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (typically supplied with your iPad Mini 2).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can identify the power supply by the two adjacent holes next to each other where the twin pins slide into.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Switch on the Cape Verdean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging, typically taking between 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad Mini 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 Mini 2 from a Cape Verdean power outlet

Using a Lightning cable and a 2 pin Type F USB charger to charge your iPad Mini 2 with a Cape Verdean power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad Mini 2 using the Cape Verdean power outlet you will need to use a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - usually supplied with your iPad Mini 2.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type F USB power adapter into the Cape Verdean power outlet. This recessed round power supply (sometimes called the Type F power outlet [6]) can be recognised by the two circular holes 19 mm apart from each other where the two plug outlet pins slide into and a pair of thin grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Turn on the Cape Verdean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad Mini 2 screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is charging which should take roughly 1 - 4 hours to recharge.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 2 from a Cape Verdean power outlet

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