Charging the iPad Mini 4 in Principe

Simple instructions showing how to charge your iPad Mini 4 from a Prinicipe power outlet by using a Lightning Apple cable with a Type C Europlug USB charger and charging the iPad Mini 4 using a Type F Schuko USB plug.

Prinicipe power outlet

Varying different combinations of voltages and standards can all be confusing when planning on travelling to another country to the first time traveller. If you are going to Principe the following instructions show how to charge the iPad Mini 4 using the standard Type F or C 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets. Most power supplies change depending on which area you are travelling to so we suggest reading the Africa page for a full list of countries. If you are visiting Principe from a different region please ensure your iPad Mini 4 can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts ensure that your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged whilst powering it up. If you intend to visit a Prinicipe city such as Santo António we recommend reading the Principe Wikipedia web page [1] for more indepth information. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 9 or greater on the iPad Mini 4.

Charging the iPad Mini 4 in Principe

Can you use the iPad Mini 4 in Principe?

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

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

When 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 wall outlets (types F and C) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the included heads. If your iPad Mini 4 can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these travel adapters plus additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other chargers this means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to pack multiple travel chargers or using up additional power 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. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple phones, tablets and speakers and using only a single wall outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible power adapter at an electronics retailer - the power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different 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 4, 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 regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and offers almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Principe.
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad Mini 4 in Principe?

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

Using a USB Lightning cable and a double pinned Europlug Type C power charger to charge the iPad Mini 4 from a Prinicipe power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge your iPad Mini 4 using the Prinicipe power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the USB cable is typically included with the iPad Mini 4).
  2. First plug in the Type C USB power adapter into the Prinicipe power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the 2 round holes adjacent to each other where the two plug outlet pins go.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 4. The iPad Mini 4 lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Mini 4.
  4. Switch on the Prinicipe power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad Mini 4 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 4 is recharging which takes around 1 - 4.5 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 4 from a Prinicipe power outlet

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

Using a Lightning Apple cable with a Type F Schuko USB charger to recharge the iPad Mini 4 with a Prinicipe power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the iPad Mini 4 from a Prinicipe power outlet you will need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - normally already supplied with your device by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by inserting the Type F USB power adapter into the power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the two circular holes 19 mm adjacent to each other where the two plug outlet pins go along with thin metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Then connect one end of the Lightning charging cord into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 4. The iPad Mini 4 lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Mini 4.
  4. Turn on the Prinicipe power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad Mini 4 will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes roughly one-five and a half hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini 4 with a Prinicipe power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C3%A3o_Tom%C3%A9_and_Pr%C3%ADncipe - Principe Wikipedia web page
  2. https://help.apple.com/ipad/9/ - iPad Mini 4 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 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
  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