Charging the iPhone 5 when staying in Sweden

Using a USB Lightning cable and a Type C USB adapter to power the iPhone 5 with a Swedish power outlet and powering the iPhone 5 using a double pin Schuko Type F power adapter.

Swedish power outlet

Different combinations of region codes and plug types can often lead to confusion when planning on visiting a different country, especially to the first time traveller. If you are staying in Sweden this page contains instructions showing you how to charge your iPhone 5 by using their types F or C Swedish 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, please be aware that Type F power outlets are typically used by a majority of Swedes. If you are travelling to Sweden from a different country please make sure your iPhone 5 can accept a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts check your iPhone 5 is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to stop the device from overloading during charging. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5.

Charging the iPhone 5 in Sweden

Can you use the iPhone 5 in Sweden?

You can connect the iPhone 5 to a Swedish power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 5 in Sweden?

When travelling with more than your iPhone 5 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 5 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 5 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 5, 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 5 in Sweden?

Powering the iPhone 5 with a Swedish power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Using a Lightning connector with a Type C Europlug USB charger to recharge the iPhone 5 from a Swedish power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 5 from a Swedish power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - typically already included with your iPhone 5 by Apple.
  2. First plug in the Type C USB power adapter in the power supply. You can identify this plug outlet by two round holes next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB Lightning charging cord into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 Lightning connector is situated at bottom of the iPhone 5 under the home button.
  4. Switch on the Swedish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 5 is charging, typically taking between 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5 with a Swedish power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from a Swedish power outlet

The WikiConnections guide showing how to recharge the iPhone 5 from a Swedish power outlet using a USB Lightning Apple cable with a double pin Schuko Type F power adapter.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 5 using the Swedish power outlet you will need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (typically already included with your iPhone 5 by Apple).
  2. Start by plugging the Type F USB power adapter in the Swedish power outlet. This circular power supply (known as a Type F power outlet [6] or Schuko plug) can be recognised by two 4.8mm holes 19 mm next to each other where the two pins go and a pair of two grounding clips above and below.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 Lightning connector can be found at bottom of your iPhone 5 under the home button.
  4. Switch on the Swedish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the phone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is powering up taking between one to four hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 5 from a Swedish power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweden - wikipedia.org entry about Sweden
  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 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