Charging the iPhone when staying in Cape Verde

Instructions showing how to power the iPhone with a Cape Verdean power outlet with the Apple 30-pin connector and a Type C USB adapter and powering the iPhone using a Type F USB charger.

Cape Verdean power outlet

If planning to travel it is helpful to know in advance if you can use your devices such as mobiles and tablets that you are bringing with you. Without knowing which wall socket is used in Cape Verde you are likely to bring the wrong charger, meaning needing to buy or borrow a potentially expensive adaptor on arrival which might not be compatible and cause problems with the device. Varying complicated standards and plugs can all be confusing when planning on travelling to a new country especially if you've never visited before. This page was written to prevent you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPhone abroad.If visiting Cape Verde the following useful instructions show how to supply power to the iPhone using the standard F or C type Cape Verdean 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets, please be aware that Type F power outlets are typically used by most Cape Verdeans. Power supplies differ regionally therefore we recommend reading the list of World power supplies for a full list of countries. If you are visiting Cape Verde from another region please double check your iPhone can be charged using a 240v supply. If your iPhone came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure the device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional converter to prevent the device from overloading when charging it. If you intend on visiting a Cape Verdean place such as Praia we also recommend referring to the Cape Verdean Wikipedia page [1] for more details.

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Charging the iPhone in Cape Verde

Can the iPhone be used in Cape Verde?

Yes, you can use the iPhone in Cape Verde.

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone in Cape Verde?

If you are travelling with more than just your iPhone and visiting multiple countries then the best travel power adapter for Cape Verde is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Cape Verdeans use two different standards of plug sockets (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 plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by changing the plugs over. If your iPhone can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster charging times with one of these types of power adapters, plus additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other adapters this means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to bring multiple power adapters on your Cape Verdean trip or using up additional wall outlets. Because you are only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand luggage and on hand for charging your iPhone at the airport or on a plane. Due to their space saving versatility these types of adapters can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets using just a single wall outlet.

If you travel to different continents we suggest buying this type of versatile travel charger at an electronics retailer, the travel adapter illustrated 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 Cape Verde

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for those also wanting 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 regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Cape Verde 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 most popular compact option for travellers originating from North America visiting Cape Verde.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just 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 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Cape Verde. [8] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone in Cape Verde?

Powering the iPhone with a Cape Verdean power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Instructions showing how to power the iPhone with a Cape Verdean power outlet with the Apple 30-pin connector and a Type C USB adapter.

  1. To power the iPhone using a Cape Verdean power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - the cable is normally already supplied with your device by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it into the Cape Verdean power outlet. You can recognise this power outlet by two round holes next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple cable into the bottom of the USB mains charger 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 Cape Verdean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPhone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is recharging, typically taking roughly 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone with a Cape Verdean power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your iPhone from a Cape Verdean power outlet

A page showing how to power the iPhone from a Cape Verdean power outlet using the 30-pin Apple connector with a 2 pin Type F USB charger.

  1. To charge your iPhone using the Cape Verdean power outlet you'll need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple typically supply the USB cable with the iPhone.
  2. Plug in the Type F USB power adapter into the Cape Verdean power outlet. You can recognise this power outlet by two large adjacent holes for live and neutral pins and a pair of two metal grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Connect one end of the cord into the bottom of 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 Cape Verdean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the iPhone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging, typically taking between 60-240 minutes to fully recharge.
How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your iPhone from a Cape Verdean power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Cape Verdean Wikipedia page
  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, costs £5-£10.
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, £5-£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, costing around £15.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated cost under £15.