Charging the iPad Mini from a power outlet in Principe

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPad Mini with a Prinicipe power outlet using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a 2 pin Europlug Type C power adapter and recharging the iPad Mini using a Type F Schuko power adapter.

Prinicipe power outlet

Various combinations of region codes and sockets can often be confusing when planning on travelling to a foreign country, especially if you've never been there before. However this isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of standards being used in the world this article shows exactly what to purchase in advance to power your iPad Mini . This guide has been written to help assist people wanting to power their iPad Mini when staying abroad.When you're visiting Principe these instructions show powering the iPad Mini by using their standard F or C type Prinicipe 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets. Power sockets will vary depending on which area you are travelling to so please read the Africa and power supplies page for a full list of regions and countries. When travelling to Principe from a different country please double check the iPad Mini can accept a 240v supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure your iPad Mini is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to prevent the device from overheating during charging. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in Principe

Can the iPad Mini be used in Principe?

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

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad Mini in Principe?

If you are travelling to more than one country or bringing along more than your iPad Mini then the best travel charger for Principe to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Prinicipians use two different standards of wall outlets (types F and C) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type C. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the heads. If your model of iPad Mini supports Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers, plus additional compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

Unlike other adapters this will allow you to power more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy multiple power adapters for your Prinicipe trip. By only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage whilst travelling as well as being suitable for charging your iPad Mini at the airport or on your flight. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones with just a single power outlet.

We recommend buying this type of versatile power adapter online; the travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries 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 wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable power supplies. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover 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 Principe using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a generous 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 Principe. [8] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad Mini in Principe?

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

Using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type C Europlug power adapter to power the iPad Mini from a Prinicipe power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your iPad Mini using the Prinicipe power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple usually include this cable with the iPad Mini).
  2. Start by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. You can recognise this plug supply by the two round holes next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Plug in one end of the Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad Mini.
  4. Turn on the Prinicipe power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad Mini screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is charging taking around 1-4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad Mini with a Prinicipe power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your iPad Mini from a Prinicipe power outlet

A page showing how to charge your iPad Mini with a Prinicipe power outlet with the USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type F Schuko power adapter.

  1. If you want to power the iPad Mini from a Prinicipe power outlet you'll need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (typically supplied with your iPad Mini).
  2. Insert the Type F USB power adapter into the Prinicipe power outlet. You can recognise this plug supply by the two large round holes 19 mm next to each other for live and neutral pins and a pair of thin grounding clips above and below.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the mains power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Mini.
  4. Switch on the Prinicipe power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPad Mini screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging which takes roughly 1 - 4 hours to recharge.
How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your iPad Mini from a Prinicipe power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Principe Wiki 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, costing around $10 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-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 around $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$10-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 (£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, costs between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).