Charging the iPhone 4S when staying in Sweden

Simple instructions showing how to recharge your iPhone 4S with a Swedish power outlet with a USB 30 pin Apple cable with a two pinned Type C power charger and charging the iPhone 4S using a two pin Type F USB plug.

Swedish power outlet

Various combinations of voltages and plug types can all be daunting when planning on staying in a foreign country, especially if you've never visited before. This guide was written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 4S abroad.When you are planning a vacation to Sweden these useful instructions show how to power your iPhone 4S by using the Type F or C Swedish 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, please be aware Type F plug outlets are normally used by a majority of Swedes. If travelling to Sweden from a different country ensure that your iPhone 4S can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts make sure that your iPhone 4S is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overheating whilst powering it. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4S.

Charging the iPhone 4S in Sweden

Can you use the iPhone 4S in Sweden?

You can connect the iPhone 4S to a Swedish power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 4S in Sweden?

When travelling with more than your iPhone 4S the best travel power adapter for Sweden is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Swedes use two different standards of wall outlets (types F and C) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by switching the included heads. If your type of iPhone 4S supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times by using one of these types of power adapters, plus compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port adapter means you can power more than one device at the same time without needing to pack individual travel adapters. Only bringing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage and convenient for charging your iPhone 4S at the airport or on a flight. Due to their versatility these types of power adapters can be used when you return home so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without needing an additional power outlet.

For those travelling frequently we suggest buying this type of versatile power charger at an electronics retailer, the power adapter illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested with 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 iPhone 4S, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable power grids. 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 adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter 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 travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs and gives almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Sweden.
What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 4S in Sweden?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 4S from a Swedish power outlet

Simple instructions showing how to recharge your iPhone 4S with a Swedish power outlet with a USB 30 pin Apple cable with a two pinned Type C power charger.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone 4S using the Swedish power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (normally already supplied with your iPhone 4S by Apple).
  2. Start by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it in the Swedish power outlet. This unearthed plug outlet (known as the Type C power outlet [3] or Europlug) is recognised by 2 round adjacent holes next to each other where the twin pins go.
  3. Connect one end of the cord into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 4S. The iPhone 4S dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 4S.
  4. Turn on the Swedish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your cellphone will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is recharging taking around 1 - 4 hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 4S from a Swedish power outlet

How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your iPhone 4S from a Swedish power outlet

Using the USB 30-pin Apple connector with a 2 pin Type F USB charger to power the iPhone 4S with a Swedish power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPhone 4S using a Swedish power outlet you'll need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple will usually include the cable with the iPhone 4S.
  2. Start the process by taking the Type F USB power adapter and inserting it in the Swedish power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by two large round holes 19 mm apart from each other for live and neutral pins along with two thin grounding clips above and below.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 4S. The iPhone 4S dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 4S.
  4. Switch on the Swedish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the cellphone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 4S is charging, typically taking between 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your iPhone 4S from a Swedish power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweden - Sweden page on Wikipedia.org
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1565/en_US/iphone_user_guide.pdf - Official iPhone 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