How to charge the iPad Air when visiting Sao Tome

Using a Lightning Apple connector with a Type C Europlug USB charger to power the iPad Air with a Sao Tome power outlet and how to charge the iPad Air using a double pinned Type F power adapter.

Sao Tome power outlet

Varying different region codes and sockets can all be daunting when planning on staying in a foreign country if you've never been there before. If visiting Sao Tome these instructions show how to power your iPad Air by using the standard F or C type 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. When you are travelling to Sao Tome from another country please check your iPad Air can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts double check your iPad Air is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to prevent the device from overloading when charging it. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Air.

Charging the iPad Air in Sao Tome

Can the iPad Air be used in Sao Tome?

Yes, you can use the iPad Air in Sao Tome by using a power convertor.

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

When travelling with more than your iPad Air then the best travel 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 plug sockets (types F and C) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied plugs. If your type of iPad Air supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these USB travel chargers and additional support for certain power hungry devices like tablets. This will allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to bring multiple power chargers. Only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling as well as being on hand for recharging your iPad Air at the airport or on a plane. Due to their flexibility 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 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 with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with good reliably.

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 is crucial when visiting counties with unreliable power grids. These travel adapters 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 converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting Sao Tome.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 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 perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Sao Tome.
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad Air in Sao Tome?

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

Using a Lightning Apple connector with a Type C Europlug USB charger to power the iPad Air with a Sao Tome power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to your iPad Air from a Sao Tome power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - normally already supplied with the device.
  2. Begin the process by inserting the Type C USB power adapter into the power outlet. The wall supply (sometimes known as a Type C power outlet [3] or Europlug) is recognised by two adjacent holes next to each other where the plug outlet pins go.
  3. 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 Air. The iPad Air lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Air.
  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 charging icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes roughly 60-240 minutes to fully recharge.
Powering the iPad Air 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 from a Sao Tome power outlet

Simple instructions showing you how to recharge your iPad Air with a Sao Tome power outlet by using a Lightning Apple cable with a double pin Type F Schuko power charger.

  1. If you want to charge your iPad Air using a Sao Tome power outlet you'll need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple typically supply the USB cable with your iPad Air).
  2. First plug in the Type F USB power adapter into the Sao Tome power outlet. This circular plug supply, also called the Schuko plug, can be recognised by two large round adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral pins and a pair of two grounding clips above and below.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Apple USB cable into the USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Air.
  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 Air is charging, typically taking roughly one-four hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPad Air from a Sao Tome power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C3%A3o_Tom%C3%A9_and_Pr%C3%ADncipe - Wikipedia.org entry about Sao Tome
  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