Charging your mobile phone from a power outlet in Sao Tome

Using Type B USB Micro connector with a Type C Europlug power adapter to recharge your mobile phone with a Sao Tome power outlet and how to charge any mobile phone using a 2 pin Type F USB charger.

Sao Tome power outlet

Various combinations of region codes and plugs can often be confusing when planning on travelling to a foreign country, especially if you've never been there before. These instructions have been specifically written to prevent you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge the mobile phone when you are abroad.When you are visiting Sao Tome these instructions show powering the mobile phone by using their standard Type F or C 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. If you are visiting Sao Tome from another country check that the mobile phone can be used with a 240 volt supply. If your mobile phone was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v make sure your mobile phone is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to avoid the device from overheating during charging.

This how-to guide is for a generic mobile phone and assume the phone has a standard micro USB port, Bluetooth connectivity and a headphone socket. For a specific mobile phone please visit the Mobile phones page for a full list of makes and models.

Charging any mobile phone in Sao Tome

Can the mobile phone be used in Sao Tome?

Yes, you can connect any mobile phone to a Sao Tome power outlet.

What is the best power adapter for any mobile phone in Sao Tome?

When travelling with more than just your mobile phone and visiting multiple countries then the best travel charger for Sao Tome to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [7]. Sao Tomean 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 it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by changing the included plugs over. If your type of mobile phone is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of USB power adapters along with compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets. This means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel chargers on your Sao Tome trip or using up additional power sockets. Only bringing a single international travel charger will also keep the size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage and convenient for charging your mobile phone 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 on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

We recommend buying a versatile power adapter like this at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [7] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Sao Tome

The 4 port USB travel charger [7] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the mobile phone, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Sao Tome 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 power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Sao Tome 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 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 just 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Sao Tome.
What is the best power adapter for any mobile phone in Sao Tome?

Powering any mobile phone with a Sao Tome power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Using USB Type B cord with a Europlug Type C USB charger to charge your mobile phone with a Sao Tome power outlet.

  1. To charge your mobile phone from the Sao Tome power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [3] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the wall supply. This ungrounded plug supply (known as a Type C power outlet [2]) can be recognised by 2 circular adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral pins slide into.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the mains power adapter and the other end into the USB charging port on any mobile phone. These instructions assume your phone uses a Micro USB type B port. Please refer to the instructions supplied with your mobile to check this is correct and visit the mobile phones page to see if your model is listed (note that you can usually connect the cable supplied with your mobile phone to charge with any USB adapter).
  4. The USB charging port can typically be found either on the side or bottom of the mobile.
  5. Turn on the Sao Tome power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on the mobile phone should indicate that the device is charging, refer to your phone`s instruction manual to find out how long it will take.
Powering any mobile phone 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 mobile phone from a Sao Tome power outlet

Using Type B USB Micro connector with a Type F Schuko power adapter to recharge your mobile phone with a Sao Tome power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the mobile phone using the Sao Tome power outlet you'll need a Type F USB power adapter [6] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Start by taking the Type F USB power adapter and plugging it into the Sao Tome power outlet. You can recognise this plug supply by the two 4.8mm round holes 19 mm apart from each other where the two plug outlet pins sit along with two metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Connect the USB end of the type B USB Micro cable into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the USB charging port on any mobile phone. These instructions assume your phone uses a Micro USB type B port. Please refer to the instructions supplied with your mobile to check this is correct and visit the mobile phones page to see if your model is listed (please note you can usually connect the cable supplied with your mobile phone to charge with any USB adapter).
  4. The USB charging port is typically located either on along one side or on the bottom of the mobile phone.
  5. Switch on the Sao Tome power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on the mobile phone should indicate that the device is charging, refer to your phone`s instruction manual to find out how long it will take.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your mobile phone 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 Wiki page
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  3. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet
  4. USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable - Used to connect USB devices which have a USB Mini-B port to computers, power supplies and other devices
  5. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  6. Type F USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type F mains power outlet
  7. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters