Charging the iPhone 3G when planning a trip to Sweden

Instructions showing how to power the iPhone 3G from a Swedish power outlet with a 30-pin Apple cable and a 2 pin Type C power charger and recharging the iPhone 3G using a Type F USB plug.

Swedish power outlet

Varying different standards and plug types can often be daunting when planning on travelling to a foreign country especially if you've never been there before. This guide has been written to stop people worrying if they'll be able to charge the iPhone 3G when they are going abroad.The following instructions will show how to supply power to the iPhone 3G when you're visiting Sweden using the standard Type F or C Swedish 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, please note Type F power outlets will be used by a majority of Swedes. When visiting Sweden from another region make sure your iPhone 3G can be charged using a 240v supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure that your iPhone 3G is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power converter to stop the device from being damaged when powering up. If you intend on travelling to a Swedish city like Stockholm or Gothenburg we also suggest reading the Sweden Wikipedia page [1] for more details. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 4 or greater on the iPhone 3G.

Charging the iPhone 3G in Sweden

Can you use the iPhone 3G in Sweden?

You can connect the iPhone 3G to a Swedish power outlet.

What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 3G in Sweden?

When travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your iPhone 3G 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]. 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 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by changing the heads. If your iPhone 3G can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times by using one of these USB power adapters along with compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

This will also allow you to charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to bring seperate travel chargers. By only bringing a single lightweight travel charger will keep the size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend buying this type of versatile 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 with perfect reliably.

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 iPhone 3G, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters are supplied 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 best selling compact option for travellers originating from America going to Sweden using 3 pin type B 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. This gives practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Sweden.
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 3G in Sweden?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a Swedish power outlet

Instructions showing how to power the iPhone 3G from a Swedish power outlet with a 30-pin Apple cable and a 2 pin Type C power charger.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPhone 3G using the Swedish power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin 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 wall supply. This ungrounded plug supply is identified by the 2 circular holes next to each other where the two plug outlet pins slide into.
  3. Plug in 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 iPhone 3G. The iPhone 3G dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 3G.
  4. Turn on the Swedish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your cellphone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging taking roughly 1-4 hours to recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a Swedish power outlet

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a Swedish power outlet

Using a 30-pin connector with a Type F USB charger to charge your iPhone 3G with a Swedish power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone 3G 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] (usually supplied with your iPhone 3G).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type F USB power adapter into the wall supply. The circular wall outlet (sometimes called the Type F power outlet [6]) can be identified by the two circular adjacent holes where the plug outlet pins slide into along with a pair of thin grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB cable into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 3G. The iPhone 3G dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 3G.
  4. Switch on the Swedish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the cellphone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is recharging which takes between 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a Swedish power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweden - Sweden Wikipedia page
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/0/MA616/en_US/iPhone_iOS3.1_User_Guide.pdf - Official iPhone 3G 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