Charging the iPhone 5 from a power outlet in Sao Tome

Instructions on how to recharge your iPhone 5 with a Sao Tome power outlet using a USB Lightning Apple cable and a 2 pin Type C USB adapter and recharging the iPhone 5 using a Type F Schuko power adapter.

Sao Tome power outlet

Varying complicated voltages and region codes can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country especially to the first time traveller. The following guide tells you exactly how to charge the iPhone 5 when you're visiting Sao Tome using the types F or C 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. If you are travelling to Sao Tome from another country ensure that your iPhone 5 can be charged using a 240v supply. If the iPhone 5 was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts check the device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to avoid the device from being damaged when charging it. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5.

Charging the iPhone 5 in Sao Tome

Can the iPhone 5 be used in Sao Tome?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 5 to a Sao Tome power outlet.

What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 5 in Sao Tome?

When travelling with more than just your iPhone 5 the best international travel charger for Sao Tome to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two standards of wall outlets that Sao Tomean use (F and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the supplied plugs. If your iPhone 5 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB power adapters and additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. This means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel chargers on your Sao Tome trip or using up additional power sockets. Because you are only packing a single international travel charger will also keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage and on hand for recharging your iPhone 5 at an airport or on the flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers without using up an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling to Sao Tome we suggest searching for a multipurpose travel charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer. The travel charger illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

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 5, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Sao Tome and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Sao Tome.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs and offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for almost half the 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 suitable for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Sao Tome.
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 5 in Sao Tome?

Powering the iPhone 5 with a Sao Tome power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Instructions on how to recharge your iPhone 5 with a Sao Tome power outlet using a USB Lightning Apple cable and a 2 pin Type C USB adapter.

  1. To charge the iPhone 5 from a 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 will usually include this USB cable when you buy the iPhone 5).
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the Sao Tome power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the two holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the mains power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5. You can find the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5 found at the bottom of the iPhone 5.
  4. Turn on the Sao Tome power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the phone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 5 is charging which should take roughly 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 5 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 iPhone 5 from a Sao Tome power outlet

Using the Apple USB Lightning connector with a Schuko Type F USB charger to charge your iPhone 5 with a Sao Tome power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone 5 using the Sao Tome power outlet you'll need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - this USB cable is typically already supplied with your iPhone 5.
  2. Start by plugging the Type F USB power adapter into the Sao Tome power outlet. You can identify the power outlet by the two large adjacent holes for live and neutral pins along with a pair of thin grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Apple USB charging cord into the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5. You can find the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5 found at the bottom of the iPhone 5.
  4. Turn on the Sao Tome power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your cell will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 5 is powering up and takes around 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 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 entry about Sao Tome
  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 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. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters