Charging your iPad 2 from a power outlet in Sao Tome

A guide showing how to recharge the iPad 2 from a Sao Tome power outlet using the USB 30 pin Apple cable with a two pinned Type C power adapter and how to power the iPad 2 using a Type F power adapter.

Sao Tome power outlet

Various standards and plug types can often lead to confusion when planning on travelling to another country, especially to the first time traveller. This step by step guide will show you exactly what you'll need to supply power to the iPad 2 when you are in Sao Tome using their standard Type F or C 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. If you are visiting Sao Tome from a different region please double check your iPad 2 can be charged using a 240v supply. If your iPad 2 was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure the device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to prevent the device from overheating whilst powering it up. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 2.

Charging the iPad 2 in Sao Tome

Can you use the iPad 2 in Sao Tome?

You can connect the iPad 2 to a Sao Tome power outlet by using the correct power convertor.

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What is the best travel charger for the iPad 2 in Sao Tome?

When travelling to multiple countries or bringing more than just your iPad 2 then the best international travel charger for Sao Tome to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Sao Tomean use two different standards of wall outlets (types F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by changing the heads over. If your type of iPad 2 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these travel adapters along with additional support for more power hungry devices. Having a four port adapter will also allow you to power more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack individual travel chargers or occupying additional wall sockets. Only packing a single USB travel charger will keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand luggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of chargers can be used back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones, tablets and speakers without needing an additional wall outlet.

We recommend searching for an adaptable power adapter like this at your preferred electronics retailer; the multipurpose power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Sao Tome

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 most popular portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Sao Tome using type B American plug sockets.
  • 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 from America using type B plugs. This gives almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Sao Tome. [8]
What is the best travel charger for the iPad 2 in Sao Tome?

Charging the iPad 2 from a Sao Tome power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

A guide on how to charge the iPad 2 from a Sao Tome power outlet by using the USB 30 pin Apple cable and a Type C power adapter.

  1. To power the iPad 2 using the Sao Tome power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple usually supply the cable when you buy the iPad 2).
  2. Begin by inserting the Type C USB power adapter into the Sao Tome power outlet. This plug supply (sometimes known as a Europlug) can be recognised by the 2 round holes adjacent to each other.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector is found at the bottom of the iPad 2.
  4. Turn on the Sao Tome power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up and takes roughly 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPad 2 from a Sao Tome power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

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

A guide showing how to recharge the iPad 2 from a Sao Tome power outlet using the USB 30 pin Apple cable with a two pinned Type F power adapter.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad 2 from a Sao Tome power outlet you'll need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the cable is normally already supplied with your device by Apple).
  2. Start by plugging the Type F USB power adapter into the Sao Tome power outlet. You can recognise this power outlet by two large adjacent holes for live and neutral pins along with a pair of metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector is found at the bottom of the iPad 2.
  4. Turn on the Sao Tome power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad 2 is powering up which typically takes between 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad 2 with a Sao Tome power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Sao Tome Wiki page
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  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.
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, estimated cost between $5 to $10.
  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.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, between $15 to $20.