Charging your iPhone from a power outlet in Sao Tome

Using an Apple USB 30 pin cable and a Type C USB charger to power the iPhone from a Sao Tome power outlet and recharging the iPhone using a 2 pin Type F USB plug.

Sao Tome power outlet

Varying different voltages and plugs can often lead to confusion when planning to visit another country if you've never been there before. This page has been specifically written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPhone when you're in staying in Sao Tome.When you're staying in Sao Tome these instructions show powering the iPhone using the Type F or C Sao Tome 220 volt 50Hz power outlets. You will find power will change from country to country so we suggest reading the power supplies and Africa page for a full list of countries. When you are travelling to Sao Tome from another country check that the iPhone can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) check the iPhone is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional converter to prevent the device from overheating when powering up. If you plan to visit a destination like São Tomé or Trindade we recommend referring to the wikipedia.org web page about Sao Tome [1] for more details prior to visiting the location.

This page details the iPhone 1st generation, the original iPhone is missing some features which have since been introduced to more recent iPhones. Visit the Apple category page for a full range of Apple iPhones. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 3 or greater on the iPhone.

Charging the iPhone in Sao Tome

Can you use the iPhone in Sao Tome?

You can connect the iPhone to a Sao Tome power outlet.

Sao Tome

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone in Sao Tome?

When travelling with more than just your iPhone or visiting more than one country the best travel charger for Sao Tome is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Sao Tomean use two different standards of wall outlets (types F and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world simply by changing the plugs over. If your iPhone can support Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these USB power chargers, plus compatibility with certain power hungry devices like tablets. Having a four port adapter means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to buy multiple power adapters on your trip. By only needing a single travel charger will also keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand luggage while travelling. Because of their flexibility these types of power adapters can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers without needing an additional plug socket.

If you travel to Sao Tome we recommend buying a versatile power charger of this nature online; the multipurpose power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Sao Tome

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPhone, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is necessary for visitors of regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 best selling compact power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting Sao Tome using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs. This is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Sao Tome. [8]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone in Sao Tome?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone from a Sao Tome power outlet

Using an Apple USB 30 pin cable and a Type C USB charger to power the iPhone from a Sao Tome power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone from the Sao Tome power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple typically supply the cable when you buy the iPhone).
  2. First insert the Type C USB power adapter into the power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the 2 circular adjacent holes where the twin pins go.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone. The iPhone dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone.
  4. Turn on the Sao Tome power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPhone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up taking roughly 1 to 4 hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone from a Sao Tome power outlet

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

Instructions on how to power the iPhone from a Sao Tome power outlet using an Apple USB 30 pin cable and a Type F USB charger.

  1. To charge your iPhone using the Sao Tome power outlet you will need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple should normally supply this USB cable with the iPhone.
  2. Start by inserting the Type F USB power adapter into the wall supply. This recessed round power outlet can be recognised by the two circular adjacent holes for live and neutral, plus a pair of thin grounding clips above and below.
  3. Connect one end of the power cable into the mains power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone. The iPhone dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone.
  4. Turn on the Sao Tome power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging taking around 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone with a Sao Tome power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org web page about Sao Tome
  2. Apple - the original iPhone product manual
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, between $10 to $15 USD (£10-£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, around $5 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$10-C$15).
  6. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  7. Type F USB power adapter - Type F USB chargers are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, between $10 to $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / under C$20).
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced between $15 to $20 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).