How to charge the iPad when visiting Principe

Simple instructions showing you how to power your iPad with a Prinicipe power outlet with the USB 30-pin Apple connector with a Type C USB adapter and charging the iPad using a Type F USB adapter.

Prinicipe power outlet

Different combinations of voltages and standards can all be confusing when planning on travelling to a new country if you've never been there before. This page has been specifically written to prevent people needing to worry if they can charge their iPad when they're staying in Principe.If you are going to Principe the following instructions show how to charge the iPad using the standard F or C type 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. If travelling to Principe from a different country ensure that the iPad can be used with a 240v supply. If the iPad was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure that the device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged whilst powering it. This page details the original iPad first generation, visit the Apple category page for the latest range of Apple iPads. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 5 or greater on the iPad.

Charging the iPad in Principe

Can the iPad be used in Principe?

Yes, you can use the iPad in Principe.

What is the best travel charger for the iPad in Principe?

When you are travelling to more than one country then the best international travel charger for Principe to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Prinicipians use two different standards of plug sockets (types F and C) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the included plugs. If your model of iPad is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these types of USB power chargers, and support for more power hungry devices. Unlike other travel adapters this means you can charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack individual travel adapters for your trip or using up additional wall outlets. Because you are only packing a single travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage while travelling and on hand for charging your iPad at the airport or on a flight. Because of their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without using up an additional wall outlet.

We suggest searching for this type of versatile power charger at your preferred electronics retailer; the multipurpose power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Principe

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPad, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting Principe.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet for 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Principe.
What is the best travel charger for the iPad in Principe?

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

Using the Apple 30-pin cable and a two pinned Type C power charger to charge the iPad from a Prinicipe power outlet.

  1. To power the iPad from a Prinicipe power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (usually already included with the iPad).
  2. Begin by plugging the Type C USB power adapter in the power outlet. The power supply (sometimes known as a Type C power outlet [3] or Europlug) is identified by 2 holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB mains 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. Switch on the Prinicipe power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging which takes around 1-4 hours to recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPad 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 from a Prinicipe power outlet

The WikiConnections guide showing how to power the iPad with a Prinicipe power outlet with a USB 30 pin Apple cable with a two pin Type F USB charger.

  1. If you want to charge your iPad using a Prinicipe power outlet you'll need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], the USB cable is typically included with the iPad.
  2. Begin the process by inserting the Type F USB power adapter into the Prinicipe power outlet. The sunken round power outlet (sometimes called a Type F power outlet [6] or Schuko outlet) can be recognised by two large round adjacent holes next to each other where the plug outlet pins go along with a pair of metal grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Plug in one end of the 30 pin cable into the mains USB charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector is found at the base of the iPad.
  4. Turn on the Prinicipe power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up taking between 60-240 minutes to completely recharge.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad 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 web page
  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