How to charge the iPad Mini 2 from a power outlet in Principe

A step-by-step guide showing how to recharge your iPad Mini 2 from a Prinicipe power outlet using a Lightning cable with a Europlug Type C USB adapter and charging the iPad Mini 2 using a Type F power adapter.

Prinicipe power outlet

Differing standards and plugs can often cause confusion when planning on visiting a foreign country for the first time traveller. This guide was specifically written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPad Mini 2 when you're in Principe.These instructions shows you exactly how to charge your iPad Mini 2 when you're visiting Principe by using their F or C type Prinicipe 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. When you are visiting Principe from another region please ensure your iPad Mini 2 can be used with a 240v supply. If the iPad Mini 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 overheating whilst powering it. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini 2.

Charging the iPad Mini 2 in Principe

Can you use the iPad Mini 2 in Principe?

Yes, you can use the iPad Mini 2 in Principe by using a power convertor.

What is the best power charger for the iPad Mini 2 in Principe?

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

As these 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 switching the plugs over. If your model of iPad Mini 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 hungry devices. Unlike other adapters having a 4 port adapter means you can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple travel chargers for your trip. Only packing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Due to their versatility these types of power chargers can be used back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones, tablets and e-readers without needing an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling often we recommend searching for a flexible travel adapter like this online, the multipurpose power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

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 Mini 2, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unstable power supplies. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Principe and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Principe.
  • 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 originating from the US using type B plugs and is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Principe.
What is the best power charger for the iPad Mini 2 in Principe?

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

A step-by-step guide showing how to recharge your iPad Mini 2 from a Prinicipe power outlet using a Lightning cable with a Europlug Type C USB adapter.

  1. In order to power the iPad Mini 2 using the Prinicipe power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], usually already supplied with your device.
  2. First plug in the Type C USB power adapter into the Prinicipe power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by the 2 adjacent holes next to each other.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple cable into the bottom of the mains USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Switch on the Prinicipe power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 2 is charging, typically taking around one-four hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad Mini 2 with a Prinicipe power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

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

Using the Lightning Apple cable with a Type F USB adapter to charge your iPad Mini 2 from a Prinicipe power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPad Mini 2 from a Prinicipe power outlet you will need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will normally include the cable with your iPad Mini 2).
  2. Start by taking the Type F USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. This sunken circular plug outlet can be recognised by the two large round holes 19 mm apart from each other for live and neutral and thin metal grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Apple Lightning charging cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Turn on the Prinicipe power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears 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.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 2 from a Prinicipe power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C3%A3o_Tom%C3%A9_and_Pr%C3%ADncipe - Prinicipe entry on wikipedia.org
  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, estimated price between $10 to $15 USD (around £15 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, costs between $5 to $10 USD (around £4 GBP / under C$140).
  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, between $10 to $15 USD (around £15 GBP / under C$25).
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced at under $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).