Charging the iPad when planning a trip to Sweden

A step by step guide showing how to recharge the iPad with a Swedish power outlet using the 30-pin Apple cable and a 2 pin Type C power charger and how to power the iPad using a 2 pin Type F power charger.

Swedish power outlet

If packing for a trip to Sweden it can be helpful to know in advance if you'll be able to power your common electronics that you'll be bringing along with you. However by not knowing which wall socket is being used in Sweden you may pack the wrong power charger, thereby leaving you needing to buy or borrow a suitable power adaptor when you're there that might be incompatible and cause problems with your iPad. Complicated voltages and plug types can often lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country, especially if you've never been there before. This page is a useful guide showing how to supply power to the iPad when you're travelling to Sweden using the types F or C 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, Type F wall outlets are normally used by most Swedes. If you are visiting Sweden from another region please double check the iPad can be used with a 240 volt supply. If your iPad was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) make sure your iPad is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to avoid the device from overloading whilst powering it. This page details the original iPad first generation, visit the Apple category page for the latest range of Apple iPads. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 5 or greater on the iPad.

Charging the iPad in Sweden

Can you use the iPad in Sweden?

You can use the iPad in Sweden by using a power adaptor.

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad in Sweden?

If you are travelling to more than one country and bringing along more than your iPad then the best travel power adapter for Sweden is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Swedes use two different types of power outlets (types F and C) and using a travel adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by changing the included plugs over. If your type of iPad is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel adapters along with compatibility with certain power hungry devices. Having a four port adapter means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack individual travel chargers or occupying additional wall outlets. Because you are only needing a single USB travel charger will keep the weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage while travelling. Because of their flexibility these types of power adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets and phones without using up an additional plug socket.

If you travel often we suggest searching for a flexible power charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose 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 around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Sweden

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 iPad, 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 necessary 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 Sweden 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 power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Sweden 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 travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs and gives practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 Sweden.
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad in Sweden?

Powering the iPad with a Swedish power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Using a 30-pin Apple cable and a Type C USB charger to charge your iPad with a Swedish power outlet.

  1. To charge your iPad using the Swedish power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple will typically supply the cable with the iPad.
  2. Start by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. This ungrounded power outlet (known as a Europlug or Type C power outlet [3]) can be recognised by 2 circular holes next to each other where the two plug outlet pins slide into.
  3. Connect one end of the charging cable into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector can be found at the base of the iPad.
  4. Turn on the Swedish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up and takes roughly 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad with a Swedish power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Charging the iPad from a Swedish power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

Learn how to charge your iPad with a Swedish power outlet using a 30-pin Apple cable and a Type F USB charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad using the Swedish power outlet you will need to use a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - this USB cable is normally already included with the iPad.
  2. Start by inserting the Type F USB power adapter into the Swedish power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the two large holes 19 mm adjacent to each other for live and neutral and a pair of thin grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the mains power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector is found at the bottom of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the Swedish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging, typically taking between 1 - 4 hours to recharge.
Charging the iPad from a Swedish power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweden - Sweden Wiki page
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1632/en_US/ipad_ios5_user_guide.pdf - Official iPad 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. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters