How to charge the iPad Mini 4 when staying in Sweden

The Wiki Connections page on how to power your iPad Mini 4 from a Swedish power outlet using a USB Lightning connector and a Type C power charger and how to recharge the iPad Mini 4 using a Schuko Type F USB charger.

Swedish power outlet

When packing for a holiday it can be useful to know in advance if you can power your important devices when you're there. Without knowing which wall socket is used you may bring the wrong power adaptor, therefore having to buy or borrow a potentially expensive power adaptor on arrival. Varying different combinations of region codes and plugs can often cause confusion when planning on staying in another country, especially if you've never visited before. This guide was specifically written to prevent travellers worrying if they can power the iPad Mini 4 abroad.When travelling to Sweden this page has useful instructions showing you how to supply power to your iPad Mini 4 using their F or C type 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, you'll discover most Swedes will normally use the Type F sockets in their power outlets. When you are visiting Sweden from a different country check your iPad Mini 4 can accept a 240v supply. If the iPad Mini 4 originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure that the iPad Mini 4 is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to stop the device from overheating when powering up. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 9 or greater on the iPad Mini 4.

Charging the iPad Mini 4 in Sweden

Can the iPad Mini 4 be used in Sweden?

You can connect the iPad Mini 4 to a Swedish power outlet by using a power convertor.

What is the best travel charger for the iPad Mini 4 in Sweden?

If travelling with more than your iPad Mini 4 and visiting more than one country then the best travel charger for Sweden is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Swedes use two different standards of wall outlets (F and C) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the included heads over. If your model of iPad Mini 4 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these types of USB travel adapters, along with additional support for certain power demanding devices. Unlike other chargers this means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate power adapters on your trip to Sweden. Because you are only bringing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage as well as being on hand for charging your iPad Mini 4 at an airport or on a plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets and smartphones with only a single plug socket.

For those travelling on a regular basis we recommend searching for a multipurpose power charger similar to this at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Sweden

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPad Mini 4, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Sweden and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact option for travellers originating from North America going to Sweden.
  • 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 North America using type B plugs. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more generous 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 wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Sweden.
What is the best travel charger for the iPad Mini 4 in Sweden?

Charging the iPad Mini 4 from a Swedish power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Using an Apple Lightning cable with a 2 pinned Europlug Type C power charger to power your iPad Mini 4 from a Swedish power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPad Mini 4 from the Swedish power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should usually supply this cable with your iPad Mini 4).
  2. First insert the Type C USB power adapter into the wall outlet. This power outlet can be identified by two circular holes adjacent to each other.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 4. The iPad Mini 4 lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Mini 4.
  4. Switch on the Swedish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is charging which typically takes between 60-300 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPad Mini 4 from a Swedish power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Charging the iPad Mini 4 from a Swedish power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

The Wiki Connections page on how to power your iPad Mini 4 from a Swedish power outlet using a USB Lightning connector and a Type F power charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad Mini 4 using a Swedish power outlet you will need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will typically supply this cable when you first purchase your iPad Mini 4.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type F USB power adapter in the Swedish power outlet. The recessed circular power supply (sometimes known as the Type F power outlet [6]) can be identified by two large circular holes 19 mm adjacent to each other, plus a pair of two thin metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the power cable into the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 4. The iPad Mini 4 lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad Mini 4.
  4. Turn on the Swedish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 4 is recharging and takes between 1 - 4.5 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPad Mini 4 from a Swedish power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweden - Swedish entry on Wikipedia
  2. https://help.apple.com/ipad/9/ - iPad Mini 4 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