How to charge your iPad Air 2 from a power outlet in Principe

A step by step guide showing you how to charge an iPad Air 2 from a Prinicipe power outlet with the Lightning Apple cable with a Type C USB adapter and recharging an iPad Air 2 using a 2 pinned Schuko Type F power plug.

Prinicipe power outlet

Different combinations of standards and sockets can all be confusing when planning to stay in another country especially if you've never visited before. The following simple guide shows exactly how to power the iPad Air 2 when you're visiting Principe by using the F or C type 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets. When you are visiting Principe from another region please ensure your iPad Air 2 can be used with a 240v supply. If the iPad Air 2 originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) double check your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to stop the device from overloading whilst powering it. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on an iPad Air 2.

Charging an iPad Air 2 in Principe

Can the iPad Air 2 be used in Principe?

You can use an iPad Air 2 in Principe by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best travel adapter for an iPad Air 2 in Principe?

If travelling to more than one country and bringing along more than just your iPad Air 2 the best travel power adapter for Principe to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two different standards of wall outlets that Prinicipians use (types F and C) and using a power charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C.

As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the plugs. If your model of iPad Air 2 supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times with one of these types of USB travel chargers plus additional compatibility with more power demanding devices. Unlike other adapters having a 4 port adapter means you can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple power chargers for your trip to Principe or using up additional wall sockets. By only bringing a single travel charger will also keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their space saving versatility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers and using just a single plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we suggest buying a versatile travel charger similar to this online. The power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Principe

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 visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These power adapters 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 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 visiting Principe using 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 North America using type B plugs. This gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for 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 Principe.
What is the best travel adapter for an iPad Air 2 in Principe?

Charging an iPad Air 2 from a Prinicipe power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

A step by step guide showing you how to charge an iPad Air 2 from a Prinicipe power outlet with the Lightning Apple cable with a Type C USB adapter.

  1. To supply power to your iPad Air 2 from the Prinicipe power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple should typically include the cable with your iPad Air 2.
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the power supply. This power outlet can be identified by the two circular holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB Lightning power cord into the USB mains charger 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. Turn on the Prinicipe power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging and takes roughly one to four hours to recharge to full capacity.
Charging an iPad Air 2 from a Prinicipe power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

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

Using a Lightning Apple connector with a 2 pinned Type F power charger to charge an iPad Air 2 with a Prinicipe power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPad Air 2 using a Prinicipe power outlet you will need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this cable is normally included with the iPad Air 2 by Apple).
  2. Begin by taking the Type F USB power adapter and inserting it into the wall outlet. The recessed circular wall supply, also known as the Type F power outlet [6] or Schuko outlet, can be recognised by the two adjacent holes along with a pair of two thin grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple power cable into the bottom of the mains power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Switch on the Prinicipe power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up, typically taking roughly one-four hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad Air 2 from a Prinicipe power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C3%A3o_Tom%C3%A9_and_Pr%C3%ADncipe - Principe 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