Charging the iPhone 5S when staying in Sweden

Learn how to power the iPhone 5S from a Swedish power outlet using the Apple USB Lightning cable and a Europlug Type C USB charger and how to power the iPhone 5S using a Type F USB charger.

Swedish power outlet

If planning to travel it's helpful to know in advance if you'll be able to power any important devices like mobile phones and laptop computers when you get there. By not knowing which power socket is used you are more likely to bring the wrong power charger, therefore needing to borrow a potentially expensive power adaptor when you're there which might not be compatible and cause damage to the device. Varying complicated frequencies and standards can all be daunting when planning on staying in a foreign country, especially to the first time traveller. This step by step guide will show you exactly what you'll need to supply power to the iPhone 5S when you are in Sweden using their standard Type F or C 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, please be aware that Type F power outlets will be typically used by most Swedes. If you are visiting Sweden from a different region please double check your iPhone 5S can be charged using a 240v supply. If your iPhone 5S was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure the device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to prevent the device from overheating whilst powering it up. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5S.

Charging the iPhone 5S in Sweden

Can the iPhone 5S be used in Sweden?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 5S to a Swedish power outlet.

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 5S in Sweden?

If travelling with more than just your iPhone 5S and visiting more than one country the best travel power adapter for Sweden is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two different types of wall outlets in Sweden (F and C) and using a travel adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the supplied plugs. If your iPhone 5S supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster charging times with one of these types of USB power adapters, plus additional compatibility with certain power hungry devices like tablets. This will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy seperate travel adapters. By only needing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage and suitable for charging your iPhone 5S at the airport or on the plane. Due to their versatility these types of adapters can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets and using only a single power outlet.

We suggest searching for a multipurpose power adapter like this online; the multipurpose power adapter illustrated below 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 wanting to charge devices using USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from America going to Sweden using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs and gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 suitable for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Sweden.
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 5S in Sweden?

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

Using a USB Lightning Apple cable with a double pinned Type C USB adapter to power the iPhone 5S with a Swedish power outlet.

  1. To power the iPhone 5S using a Swedish power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple usually supply the cable when you buy the iPhone 5S).
  2. Begin the process by inserting the Type C USB power adapter into the Swedish power outlet. The plug supply (sometimes called a Europlug) can be recognised by 2 circular holes adjacent to each other where the twin plug outlet pins sit.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S. You can find the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S situated at the bottom of the iPhone 5S.
  4. Switch 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 mobile is recharging, typically taking roughly 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5S 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 5S from a Swedish power outlet

A step by step guide showing how to power the iPhone 5S with a Swedish power outlet with a Lightning Apple cable and a Type F USB adapter.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 5S from the Swedish power outlet you will need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], the cable is normally already supplied with your device by Apple.
  2. Firstly you'll need to plug the Type F USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the two large round adjacent holes for live and neutral and a pair of metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB Lightning cable into the bottom of the power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S. The iPhone 5S Lightning connector is situated at bottom of the iPhone 5S 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 mobile screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is powering up and takes roughly 1 to 4 hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 5S 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