Sweden power adapters - what plugs are used in Sweden?

Swedish power outlet

Summary

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that you'll need to use when visiting Sweden will all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to charge in a Swedish power outlet. If you do not know which voltage your device can use then please read the section about how can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device first.

  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage and the plug fits in a Swedish power outlet then you can use it in Sweden without needing anything else.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage but the plug doesn't fit in a Swedish power outlet then you'll need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Sweden such a Type F plug adapter [5]. A plug adapter for Sweden (or power adapter) is designed to change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Sweden, but won't change the voltage from 230 volts to use with another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 230 volts and isn't dual voltage then you will also need a power converter for Sweden to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Sweden if the power converter doesn't have the correct Type F plug adapter.
  • If you want to power one or more USB devices such as cellphones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter will be ideal and it should be dual voltage, however make sure that you bring one which has a Type F plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Sweden.

Warning: If your device won't handle 230 volts used in Sweden you run the risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device. Before using your device in Sweden please read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Background

If packing for a holiday to Sweden it can be helpful to know in advance if you'll be able to power your important electronics such as mobiles and laptops at your hotel. But by not knowing which wall socket is being used you are likely to bring the wrong adaptor, therefore leaving you having to borrow a potentially expensive charger when you're there. Various combinations of standards and plug types can often be daunting when planning to visit a new country, especially to the first time traveller. This isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of standards being used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Sweden. This page has links to step-by-step instructions showing exactly which power adapters you'll need to power your devices when you are travelling to Sweden using the types F or C 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, Type F wall outlets are normally used by a majority of Swedes. You'll find power adapters will vary depending on which country you're in so please read the Wikiconnections world power adapters guide where you'll find a full list showing destinations. We recommend reading the Sweden Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth information.

Sweden power adapters

Do I need a power adapter for Sweden?

It depends on the type of plug you wish to use in Sweden and the location you are travelling from. If you are visiting from America then bring a power adapter for Sweden as an American plug won't fit in a Swedish power outlet, and because the voltage is different you will also need to use a power converter for Sweden to prevent damage or overheating to your appliance or device if it isn't dual voltage.

What is the best power adapter for Sweden?

The best power adapter for Sweden will be a Type F power adapter [5] which allows you to use any 230 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Sweden?

Sweden power outlets

What kind of outlets are in Sweden?

There are two types of power outlets used in Sweden, these are type F and C with the primary power outlets being type F:

  • Plug Type C - This ungrounded plug supply, also known as a Europlug, can be recognised by 2 round adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  • Plug Type F - You can recognise this plug supply by the two 4.8mm round adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral pins go, plus two metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.
What kind of outlets are in Sweden?

What voltage is used in Sweden?

The common residential voltage in Sweden is 230 volts.

Is a plug socket in Sweden the same as in the US?

A US plug won't fit in a Swedish power outlet so you will need to use a plug adapter for Sweden. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage use a power converter for Sweden and check that it works with 50hz.

Is the voltage in Sweden the same as in the US?

The voltage in Sweden is 230 volts, however 120 volts is used in the US. If your US appliance or power charger won't handle dual voltage then you will need to use a suitable power converter for a Swedish power outlet which can change the voltage from a 220-240 volt power outlet to 120 volts.

What is the electrical frequency used in Sweden?

The frequency of the alternating current from a Swedish power outlet is 50 Hz.

Sweden USB chargers

What is a USB travel power charger?

A USB travel charger is a dual voltage charger with interchangeable plugs and multiple USB ports, suitable for travelling abroad.

What USB charger do I need for Sweden?

When travelling with more than just one device the best travel charger for Sweden to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [2]. Swedes use two different standards of wall outlets (types F and C) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your type of device supports Fast Charge then you will benefit from much faster charging times by using one of these USB power chargers, plus additional support for more power demanding devices.

Unlike other adapters having a four port adapter will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power adapters. Only needing a single USB travel charger will keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage and on hand for recharging your devices at an airport or on the flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones with just a single wall outlet.

We recommend buying a versatile power adapter like this at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [2] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

What USB charger do I need for Sweden?

Why use a travel USB charger for Sweden?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. Rather than bring 4 separate power chargers it's now only necessary to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger to power up to 4 individual devices which cuts down on the size and weight of your luggage.
  • Most travel USB power chargers should include interchangeable plug heads for various regions. This is perfect when visiting multiple countries which are likely to use different outlets to Sweden.
  • A good USB charger is compact, rugged and lightweight; ideal for the rigors of travel instead of than risking packing a domestic charger which might be impossible to replace in Sweden.
  • USB chargers can accept the 230 volts used in Sweden power outlets plus other voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a possibility that some hotel rooms in Sweden might only have one wall outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single wall outlet with family or other traveler instead of having to wait to recharge one device at a time.
  • Because of their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the worry out of visiting an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets found in airports are often scant and the demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets from other passengers before a flight can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is ideal.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a quality travel charger allows for unexpected spikes and prevents damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded cell phone in Sweden could prove to be problematic and costly.
  • Higher priced USB travel chargers also incorporate a power outlet strip to plug in low wattage devices such as laptops, but please be aware these will be unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Please see the section on using travel appliances with a Swedish power outlet for useful guidelines on the most suitable power adapter for using a high wattage appliances with a Swedish power outlet.
  • Some tablets and cellphones could pull more than the normal 500 mA (milliamps) supplied by a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Higher priced USB travel chargers will support fast charging should some of your devices draw extra power.
  • On returning home travel USB power chargers can also be used by recharging multiple cellphones and tablets on an overnight basis using a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Sweden?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing 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 useful for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering 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 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 travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs and gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Sweden.

Power converters for Sweden

What is the difference between a plug adapter and a power converter for Sweden?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a plug adapter and a power converter for Sweden?

A heavy and expensive power converter [9] converts the voltage of 230 volts from a Swedish power outlet to work with a non-230 volt appliance, however a cheaper and smaller power adapter [8] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to slot into a power outlet found in Sweden.

Do I need a voltage converter for Sweden?

If you are travelling to Sweden from another country ensure that your device can accept a 230 volt supply.

  • If charging a USB device which was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check the device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [11] to prevent the device from overheating during charging.
  • For powering larger appliances if you are visiting Sweden from a lower 110 volt location you will need to use a much bulkier Step Down Voltage Converter [10] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 230 volts.

Read the list of world power outlets page to find out which voltage your country uses.

What voltage is my device?

Dual voltage hair dryer

What voltage is my device?

One method to see if your appliance is either single or dual voltage is to check for numbers printed on the supplied charger, or on the device itself, normally near to where the power cord sits. This location will depend on the make or model of your device but should also be written in the instruction manual or on the box.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 120V.
  • Single voltage devices might also have a small voltage range (around 20 volts) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 220-240V.
  • Dual voltage devices will say a larger voltage range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

Travel appliances that can connect to a Swedish power outlet

Clothes iron
clothes iron

Curling iron
curling iron

Hair dryer
hair dryer

Hair straighteners
hair straighteners

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Swedish power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Swedish power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones which can be connected to the Swedish power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones that work with a Swedish power outlet

iPhone
iPhone

iPhone 3G
iPhone 3G

iPhone 3GS
iPhone 3GS

iPhone 4
iPhone 4

iPhone 4S
iPhone 4S

iPhone 5
iPhone 5

iPhone 5C
iPhone 5C

iPhone 5S
iPhone 5S

iPhone 6
iPhone 6

iPhone 6 Plus
iPhone 6 Plus

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Swedish power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Swedish power outlet

Kindle Fire 1st generation
Kindle Fire 1st generation

Kindle Fire 2nd generation
Kindle Fire 2nd generation

Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation
Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation

Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation
Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation

Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation
Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation

Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation
Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation

Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation
Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation

Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition tablet 4th generation
Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition tablet 4th generation

Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation
Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation

A list of Apple iPads which are compatible with a Swedish power outlet

iPad
iPad

iPad 2
iPad 2

iPad 3
iPad 3

iPad 4
iPad 4

iPad Air
iPad Air

iPad Air 2
iPad Air 2

iPad Mini
iPad Mini

iPad Mini 2
iPad Mini 2

iPad Mini 4
iPad Mini 4

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweden - Sweden Wikipedia page.
  2. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  3. Dual voltage travel hair dryer - Folding handle hair dryer with dual voltage suitable for international travel.
  4. Dual voltage travel hair straighteners - Hair straighteners with adjustable temperature and dual voltage for 110 volts and 220 volts suitable for international travel.
  5. Type F plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type F power outlets without converting voltage.
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  7. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  8. https://www.amazon.com/Ceptics-GP-12PK-International-Worldwide-Universal/dp/B01DJEBLQU/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=CFDDSXZJ59CH648AVQ0H&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=b865b6ca5e535d710bf1e1b3a790f622 - power adapter
  9. Power converter - A step up step down power converter transformer converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts.
  10. https://www.amazon.com/mn/search/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&bbn=10967761&camp=1789&creative=390957&fst=as%3Aoff&linkCode=ur2&qid=1451321648&rh=n%3A172282%2Cn%3A!493964%2Cn%3A281407%2Cn%3A173541%2Cn%3A10967761%2Cp_n_feature_keywords_browse-bin%3A2888021011%5Cc2888054011&rnid=2887998011&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=A6EA2MIBWUPLQKJD - Step Down Voltage Converter
  11. International travel voltage converter - Travel voltage converters change the voltage of an electrical power supply by stepping up or stepping down the voltage and are often compact units which support both plug sockets and USB charging.