Charging the iPad 3 in Sao Tome

Using the Apple 30-pin cable and a two pinned Type C power charger to recharge the iPad 3 with a Sao Tome power outlet and powering the iPad 3 using a Type F power adapter.

Sao Tome power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of voltages and standards can all be confusing when planning to visit another country to the first time traveller. This isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of standards used in the world this article tells you exactly what to pick up in advance to power the iPad 3 in Sao Tome. These guidelines have been written to help prepare visitors wanting to charge the iPad 3 when they are going to Sao Tome.The following simple instructions shows what you'll need to power the iPad 3 when you're visiting Sao Tome by using their types F or C Sao Tome 220 volt 50Hz power outlets. If travelling to Sao Tome from a different region make sure that the iPad 3 can accept a 240v supply. If your iPad 3 originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) double check the iPad 3 is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overheating whilst powering it up. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 3.

Charging the iPad 3 in Sao Tome

Can you use the iPad 3 in Sao Tome?

Yes, you can connect the iPad 3 to a Sao Tome power outlet.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPad 3 in Sao Tome?

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing more than just your iPad 3 the best travel power adapter for Sao Tome is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two standards of power outlets that Sao Tomean use (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 from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world just by changing the included plugs over. If your model of iPad 3 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these types of USB power chargers, along with support for more power hungry devices like tablets. Having a 4 port adapter will also allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring individual power chargers. By only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling as well as being convenient for recharging your iPad 3 at the airport or on a plane. Due to their versatility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers without using up an additional power outlet.

For those travelling often we recommend buying an adaptable power adapter of this nature online. The travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested for charging 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 around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 Sao Tome using 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. This offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Sao Tome.
What is the best travel adapter for the iPad 3 in Sao Tome?

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad 3 from a Sao Tome power outlet

Using the Apple 30-pin cable and a two pinned Type C power charger to recharge the iPad 3 with a Sao Tome power outlet.

  1. To power the iPad 3 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] - normally already supplied with your device by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by inserting the Type C USB power adapter into the power outlet. The wall supply (sometimes known as the Type C power outlet [3] or Europlug) is recognised by two round adjacent holes next to each other where the pins go.
  3. Plug in one end of the cable into the mains USB charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector is found at the base of the iPad 3.
  4. Switch on the Sao Tome power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad 3 is powering up, typically taking between one to four hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad 3 from a Sao Tome power outlet

Powering the iPad 3 with a Sao Tome power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Using a USB 30 pin Apple cable with a two pin Type F USB charger to power the iPad 3 with a Sao Tome power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to your iPad 3 from the Sao Tome power outlet you will need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (normally already supplied with your device by Apple).
  2. Plug in the Type F USB power adapter in the power supply. This recessed circular wall supply, sometimes known as a Schuko plug or Type F power outlet [6], can be identified by two 4.8mm adjacent holes next to each other, plus a pair of metal grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector can be found at the base of the iPad 3.
  4. Switch on the Sao Tome power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad 3 is charging, typically taking roughly 1-4 hours to recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad 3 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 Wikipedia web page
  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, between $10 to $15 USD (around £15 GBP / under C$20).
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, costing under $10 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$10-C$15).
  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, costs between $10 to $15 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).