How to charge the iPad 4 when planning a trip to Principe

Using the Apple Lightning cable and a double pinned Europlug Type C power charger to recharge the iPad 4 with a Prinicipe power outlet and powering the iPad 4 using a Type F USB adapter.

Prinicipe power outlet

Differing combinations of frequencies and region codes can often lead to confusion when planning on staying in a foreign country for the first time traveller. These instructions were specifically written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPad 4 when you're in Principe.This page contains a simple guide showing what you'll need to power the iPad 4 when you are in Principe using their types F or C Prinicipe 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets. When you are travelling to Principe from another country please check that your iPad 4 can be used with a 240 volt supply. If the iPad 4 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure the iPad 4 is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from overheating when charging it. If you're planning to visit a Prinicipe place such as Santo António or Ilhéu Bom Bom please read the Principe Wikipedia web page [1] for more information prior to the area. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 4.

Charging the iPad 4 in Principe

Can you use the iPad 4 in Principe?

Yes, you can connect the iPad 4 to a Prinicipe power outlet.

What is the best power charger for the iPad 4 in Principe?

When you are travelling with more than your iPad 4 and visiting more than one country then the best travel adapter for Principe to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different standards of wall outlets that Prinicipians use (F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by changing the included plugs. If your model of iPad 4 supports Fast Charge (note not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of power adapters, along with support for certain power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other chargers having a 4 port adapter means you can power more than one device at the same time without needing to buy seperate power adapters. Because you are only needing to bring a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage whilst travelling. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of adapters can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers using just a single plug socket.

We suggest buying this type of versatile travel adapter at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger 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 is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPad 4, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary for visitors of regions with unstable power grids. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from America visiting Principe.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and offers almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with just 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 perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Principe. [8] [AD]
What is the best power charger for the iPad 4 in Principe?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from a Prinicipe power outlet

Using an Apple Lightning connector and a two pinned Type C power adapter to charge the iPad 4 from a Prinicipe power outlet.

  1. To power the iPad 4 from a Prinicipe power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple typically supply this USB cable when you buy the iPad 4.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter in the wall outlet. The power supply (called the Europlug) can be identified by the two round holes next to each other.
  3. Then connect one end of the Lightning charging cable into the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad 4.
  4. Turn 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 which takes between 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from a Prinicipe power outlet

Powering the iPad 4 with a Prinicipe power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Using a USB Lightning Apple connector and a Type F power adapter to charge the iPad 4 from a Prinicipe power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad 4 from the Prinicipe power outlet you'll need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the USB cable is usually included with your iPad 4 by Apple).
  2. Insert the Type F USB power adapter in the power supply. You can identify the plug supply by two large circular adjacent holes along with a pair of two grounding clips above and below.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Lightning charging cable into the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad 4.
  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 tablet is powering up which should take between one to four hours to recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad 4 with a Prinicipe power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Principe Wikipedia web page
  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 (around £10 GBP / under C$20).
  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, estimated cost between $15 to $20 USD (around £15 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, between $10 to $15 USD (around £15 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, priced between $15 to $20 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).