How to charge the iPad in Sao Tome

Instructions showing how to charge your iPad from a Sao Tome power outlet by using the USB 30-pin Apple cable with a two pin Type C USB charger and how to power the iPad using a Type F power adapter.

Sao Tome power outlet

Complicated standards and plugs can all be confusing when planning to stay in a new country if you've never been there before. These guidelines were specifically written to assist people wanting to charge the iPad abroad.When you are planning a vacation to Sao Tome these useful instructions show how to power your iPad by using the Type F or C Sao Tome 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets. If visiting Sao Tome from a different country please ensure your iPad can accept a 240 volt supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts double check your iPad is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to stop the device from overheating during charging. This page details the original iPad first generation, visit the Apple category page for the latest range of Apple iPads. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 5 or greater on the iPad.

Charging the iPad in Sao Tome

Can the iPad be used in Sao Tome?

Yes, you can use the iPad in Sao Tome.

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad in Sao Tome?

If travelling to multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Sao Tome to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two types of power outlets that Sao Tomean use (F and C) and using a travel adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by changing the plugs over. If your iPad supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these USB power chargers, along with support for more power hungry devices.

This will allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring seperate power adapters on your trip or using up additional wall outlets. Because you are only bringing a single USB travel charger will keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage and suitable for charging your iPad at an airport or on the flight. Because of their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones and using only a single power outlet.

If you travel regularly we suggest buying this type of versatile travel charger at your preferred electronics retailer - the power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

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, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable power grids. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental 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 visiting Sao Tome.
  • 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 from North America using type B plugs and gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Sao Tome.
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad in Sao Tome?

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

Using the USB 30-pin Apple cable with a two pin Type C USB charger to recharge the iPad from a Sao Tome power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPad from a Sao Tome power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - typically already included with your iPad by Apple.
  2. First plug in the Type C USB power adapter in the power outlet. The wall supply (sometimes called a Europlug) can be recognised by the two holes next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the mains USB charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector is found at the bottom of the iPad.
  4. Turn on the Sao Tome power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging, typically taking roughly 60 to 240 minutes to recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad with a Sao Tome power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Powering the iPad with a Sao Tome power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Using the USB 30-pin Apple connector with a two pin Type F USB charger to recharge the iPad from a Sao Tome power outlet.

  1. To power the iPad from a Sao Tome power outlet you'll need to use a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], usually already included with the iPad.
  2. Start the process by taking the Type F USB power adapter and inserting it into the Sao Tome power outlet. The round plug outlet can be recognised by the two large round holes 19 mm apart from each other for live and neutral pins along with two thin grounding clips above and below.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector is found at the base of the iPad.
  4. Turn on the Sao Tome power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging, typically taking roughly one-four hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad with a Sao Tome 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 - Sao Tome country page on wikipedia
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1632/en_US/ipad_ios5_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 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music
  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