How to charge the iPhone 4 when planning a trip to Sao Tome

Using a USB 30-pin cable and a two pinned Type C USB charger to power the iPhone 4 with a Sao Tome power outlet and how to recharge the iPhone 4 using a 2 pinned Type F power plug.

Sao Tome power outlet

Various voltages and plugs can all be confusing when planning on visiting another country to the first time traveller. This page has step-by-step instructions telling you what you'll need to charge the iPhone 4 when travelling to Sao Tome using their standard types F or C Sao Tome 220 volt 50Hz power outlets. Power sockets are different depending on which area you visiting therefore we recommend reading our WikiConnections travel power sockets list for a complete list of countries. When you are visiting Sao Tome from a different region please ensure that your iPhone 4 can be used with a 240v supply. If the iPhone 4 was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure that the iPhone 4 is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overheating when charging it. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4.

Charging the iPhone 4 in Sao Tome

Can the iPhone 4 be used in Sao Tome?

You can use the iPhone 4 in Sao Tome by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 4 in Sao Tome?

When travelling to more than one country and bringing along more than just your iPhone 4 the best international travel power adapter for Sao Tome is a multiple USB adapter 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 ensures that you are covered for type C.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world just by changing the included plugs. If your model of iPhone 4 supports Fast Charge (note not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these power adapters, and support for more power hungry devices. This will allow you to recharge more than one device at once without needing to pack individual travel adapters for your trip or using up additional wall sockets. By only packing a single international USB travel charger will keep the size down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Because of their space saving versatility these types of adapters can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers and using only a single wall outlet.

We recommend searching for a flexible travel adapter similar to this 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 different 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 any country who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 4, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These travel converters come supplied 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 travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power adapter for travellers originating from America visiting Sao Tome.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise 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 offers 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 flexible 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 power charger for recharging the iPhone 4 in Sao Tome?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 4 from a Sao Tome power outlet

Using the USB 30-pin Apple connector and a Type C power adapter to charge the iPhone 4 from a Sao Tome power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPhone 4 using 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 supplied with your device).
  2. Begin by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it in the power outlet. The power supply (called the Europlug) can be identified by the 2 holes adjacent to each other where the twin pins sit.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 4. The iPhone 4 dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone 4.
  4. Switch on the Sao Tome power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the cellphone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 4 is recharging which should take around one-four hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 4 from a Sao Tome power outlet

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 4 from a Sao Tome power outlet

Using a USB 30 pin connector and a Type F power charger to charge the iPhone 4 from a Sao Tome power outlet.

  1. In order to charge your iPhone 4 using 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], the USB cable is usually already included with your iPhone 4 by Apple.
  2. Begin by plugging the Type F USB power adapter in the Sao Tome power outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by two 4.8mm circular adjacent holes, plus a pair of grounding clips above and below.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 4. The iPhone 4 dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone 4.
  4. Switch on the Sao Tome power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone 4 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is recharging taking around one-four hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 4 from a Sao Tome power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C3%A3o_Tom%C3%A9_and_Pr%C3%ADncipe - Sao Tome page on wikipedia
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1565/en_US/iphone_user_guide.pdf - Official iPhone 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