Charging the iPad Air when planning a trip to Sweden

Instructions showing how to recharge the iPad Air from a Swedish power outlet with the USB Lightning Apple cable and a 2 pin Type C USB charger and charging the iPad Air using a Type F Schuko power adapter.

Swedish power outlet

Complicated combinations of frequencies and standards can often be daunting when planning on visiting another country for the first time traveller. This page was written to help prepare visitors wanting to power their iPad Air when staying in Sweden.The following simple instructions shows you how to supply power to the iPad Air when you're visiting Sweden using the types F or C 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, please note Type F power outlets will be used by a majority of Swedes. If you are visiting Sweden from another country ensure your iPad Air can be charged using a 240v supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v make sure that your device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to avoid the device from overloading whilst powering it. If you're planning on taking a trip to a Swedish city like Stockholm or Gothenburg we also suggest reading the Swedish country wikipedia page [1] for more details. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Air.

Charging the iPad Air in Sweden

Can you use the iPad Air in Sweden?

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

What is the best power adapter for the iPad Air in Sweden?

When travelling with more than just your iPad Air and visiting more than one country the best international travel adapter for Sweden is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two different types of power outlets that Swedes use (F and C) and bringing 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 Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the heads. If your iPad Air can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers, plus additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. This means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power adapters for your Swedish trip or using up additional power sockets. Because you are only needing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage whilst travelling as well as being convenient for charging your iPad Air at the airport or on your flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers without using up an additional wall outlet.

If you travel regularly we suggest searching for this type of flexible travel charger online; 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 countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Sweden

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of regions with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor 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.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs and is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at 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 adapter for the iPad Air in Sweden?

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad Air from a Swedish power outlet

Using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a 2 pin Type C USB charger to charge your iPad Air with a Swedish power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your iPad Air using a Swedish power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this USB cable is normally already included with the device by Apple).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the Swedish power outlet. You can recognise this plug supply by the two holes adjacent to each other.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB power cord into the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Air.
  4. Turn on the Swedish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad Air screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging, typically taking between 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad Air from a Swedish power outlet

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

Using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a 2 pin Type F USB charger to charge your iPad Air with a Swedish power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPad Air from a Swedish power outlet you'll need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should normally supply the cable with the iPad Air).
  2. Start by taking the Type F USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. The circular wall outlet (sometimes called the Schuko outlet or Type F power outlet [6]) can be identified by the two circular adjacent holes for live and neutral pins, plus two metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Air.
  4. Turn on the Swedish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad Air screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging which takes between one-four hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPad Air with a Swedish power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweden - Swedish country wikipedia page
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1595/en_US/ipad_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 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