How to charge your iPad Mini 2 from a power outlet in Sao Tome

The Wiki Connections page on how to recharge the iPad Mini 2 with a Sao Tome power outlet by using an Apple Lightning cable with a Type C USB adapter and how to recharge the iPad Mini 2 using a two pinned Type F Schuko USB charger.

Sao Tome power outlet

Differing combinations of voltages and region codes can all cause confusion when planning on travelling to a different country to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of common standards used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your iPad Mini 2 in Sao Tome. These instructions have been written to prevent you having to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPad Mini 2 when Sao Tome.This page is a step-by-step guide demonstrating what you'll need to charge the iPad Mini 2 when staying in Sao Tome by using the standard Type F or C 220 volt 50Hz power outlets. When you are visiting Sao Tome from a different region please ensure that the iPad Mini 2 can accept a 240v supply. If it was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) ensure that the iPad Mini 2 is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to avoid the device from being damaged during charging. If you intend to visit a Sao Tome destination such as São Tomé or Trindade refer to the Sao Tome Wikipedia page [1] for further details prior to the location. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini 2.

Charging the iPad Mini 2 in Sao Tome

Can you use the iPad Mini 2 in Sao Tome?

Yes, you can use the iPad Mini 2 in Sao Tome by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad Mini 2 in Sao Tome?

When travelling to multiple countries the best international travel power adapter for Sao Tome to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Sao Tomean use two different types of plug sockets (F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your iPad Mini 2 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of USB power chargers and additional compatibility with more power hungry devices. Having a 4 port charger will allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy seperate power chargers on your trip to Sao Tome. Only needing to pack a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage. Due to their versatility these types of power chargers can be used back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones and using only a single plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we recommend buying a flexible travel adapter like this at an electronics retailer; the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign 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 who only have USB devices such as the iPad Mini 2, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Sao Tome.
  • 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 North America using type B plugs and gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Sao Tome.
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad Mini 2 in Sao Tome?

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

Instructions showing how to power your iPad Mini 2 from a Sao Tome power outlet using the Lightning Apple connector with a 2 pinned Europlug Type C power charger.

  1. To supply power to your iPad Mini 2 from the Sao Tome power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple normally include this cable with your iPad Mini 2).
  2. Insert the Type C USB power adapter in the Sao Tome power outlet. You can recognise the power supply by 2 round adjacent holes where the live and neutral plug outlet pins go.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Turn on the Sao Tome power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging and takes between 1 - 4 hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 2 from a Sao Tome power outlet

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

The Wiki Connections guide on how to power your iPad Mini 2 with a Sao Tome power outlet by using the Apple Lightning cable with a Type F power charger.

  1. In order to power your iPad Mini 2 using 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 normally include this cable with your iPad Mini 2.
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type F USB power adapter in the power outlet. This sunken circular plug outlet, sometimes called a Schuko outlet, can be recognised by the two large circular adjacent holes next to each other, plus a pair of two thin grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple USB Lightning power cord into the power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Switch on the Sao Tome power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 2 is recharging taking roughly one to four hours to recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini 2 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 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
  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