Charging the iPad 3 when staying in Principe

Instructions showing how to power your iPad 3 with a Prinicipe power outlet with a USB 30 pin Apple cable and a two pinned Type C power charger and how to recharge the iPad 3 using a Type F power adapter.

Prinicipe power outlet

Complicated standards and voltages can all be daunting when planning to travel to another country to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of common standards being used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what to purchase in advance to charge the iPad 3 . This guide was written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPad 3 abroad.This page contains a simple guide which shows exactly what you'll need to supply power to the iPad 3 when travelling to Principe using their standard Type F or C 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets. If travelling to Principe from a different country ensure that the iPad 3 can be used with a 240v supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) ensure your device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to prevent the device from overloading when charging it. If you are planning on travelling to a destination such as Santo António or Ilhéu Bom Bom please read the Principe page on Wikipedia.org [1] for more indepth details on travelling to the location. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 3.

Charging the iPad 3 in Principe

Can you use the iPad 3 in Principe?

Yes, you can connect the iPad 3 to a Prinicipe power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad 3 in Principe?

When travelling with more than your iPad 3 the best travel charger for Principe is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Prinicipians use two different standards of wall outlets (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 from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world just by changing the heads over. If your iPad 3 can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these USB travel chargers along with additional support for more power hungry devices. Unlike other travel adapters this means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to pack multiple travel chargers. By only packing a single international travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage and convenient for charging your iPad 3 at the airport or on a flight. Because of their flexibility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets using just a single wall outlet.

If you travel to Principe we recommend buying an adaptable power adapter like this online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Principe

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 3, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which is crucial when visiting counties with unstable power grids. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Principe 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 most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from North America going to 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 gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Principe. [8] [AD]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad 3 in Principe?

Charging the iPad 3 from a Prinicipe power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Instructions showing how to power your iPad 3 with a Prinicipe power outlet with a USB 30 pin Apple cable and a two pinned Type C power charger.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad 3 from the Prinicipe power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple should usually include the cable when you buy the iPad 3.
  2. Start the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. You can recognise this power outlet by two circular adjacent holes next to each other.
  3. Then connect one end of the 30 pin cord into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad 3.
  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 charging icon to indicate that the iPad 3 is powering up which takes between 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
Charging the iPad 3 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 3 from a Prinicipe power outlet

A guide showing how to recharge the iPad 3 from a Prinicipe power outlet using the Apple 30-pin connector and a Type F power adapter.

  1. In order to charge the iPad 3 using the Prinicipe power outlet you'll need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], usually included with the iPad 3.
  2. First plug in the Type F USB power adapter in the power supply. This recessed circular wall supply (sometimes known as a Type F power outlet [6] or Schuko plug) can be recognised by two 4.8mm holes 19 mm next to each other for live and neutral pins along with two thin grounding clips above and below.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector can be found at the base of the iPad 3.
  4. Switch 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 tablet is charging and takes roughly one-four hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad 3 from a Prinicipe power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Principe page on Wikipedia.org
  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, between $10 to $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, between $5 to $10 USD (£5-£10 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 between $10 to $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / under C$20).
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated price between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).