How to charge an iPad Air 2 from a power outlet in Sao Tome

A guide showing you how to recharge your iPad Air 2 from a Sao Tome power outlet by using the Apple Lightning connector and a two pinned Europlug Type C power charger and how to recharge an iPad Air 2 using a two pinned Schuko Type F power charger.

Sao Tome power outlet

Complicated voltages and plugs can all be confusing when planning to visit another country especially to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of sockets being used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need to purchase in advance to power your iPad Air 2 in Sao Tome. This page contains step by step instructions demonstrating what you'll need to charge the iPad Air 2 when staying in Sao Tome by using their Type F or C Sao Tome 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. When you are travelling to Sao Tome from another country please check that your iPad Air 2 can accept a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v ensure the device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overheating when powering up. These instructions assume that you've have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on an iPad Air 2.

Charging an iPad Air 2 in Sao Tome

Can the iPad Air 2 be used in Sao Tome?

You can use an iPad Air 2 in Sao Tome by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best power charger for recharging an iPad Air 2 in Sao Tome?

When travelling with more than your iPad Air 2 and visiting multiple countries the best travel power adapter for Sao Tome to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Sao Tomean use two different standards of power outlets (F and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by switching the heads over. If your iPad Air 2 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times with one of these travel adapters plus compatibility with more power demanding devices. Having a 4 port adapter will allow you to recharge more than one device at once without needing to pack individual travel adapters for your trip or occupying additional wall sockets. By only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage. Due to their versatility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets without using up an additional power outlet.

For those travelling often we recommend buying this type of flexible power adapter at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Sao Tome

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 Air 2, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Sao Tome and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting Sao Tome using 3 pin type B US plug sockets.
  • 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 is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 majority of travellers from around the world visiting Sao Tome.
What is the best power charger for recharging an iPad Air 2 in Sao Tome?

Powering an iPad Air 2 with a Sao Tome power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

A guide showing you how to recharge your iPad Air 2 from a Sao Tome power outlet by using the Apple Lightning connector and a two pinned Europlug Type C power charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to an iPad Air 2 from the Sao Tome power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the cable is usually included with your iPad Air 2 by Apple).
  2. Begin by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it in the power outlet. The plug outlet, also called the Europlug, is identified by two circular adjacent holes.
  3. Then connect one end of the charging cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Turn on the Sao Tome 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 is powering up, typically taking roughly 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
Powering an iPad Air 2 with a Sao Tome power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad Air 2 from a Sao Tome power outlet

A guide showing you how to charge your iPad Air 2 from a Sao Tome power outlet using the Apple Lightning connector and a double pinned Schuko Type F power charger.

  1. To power the iPad Air 2 from a Sao Tome power outlet you will need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple usually supply this USB cable when you purchase the iPad Air 2.
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type F USB power adapter into the Sao Tome power outlet. You can identify this power outlet by the two round adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral and two thin grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple power cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Turn on the Sao Tome power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up, typically taking roughly 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad Air 2 from a Sao Tome power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C3%A3o_Tom%C3%A9_and_Pr%C3%ADncipe - Sao Tome country page on Wikipedia
  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
  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