Charging the iPad Mini when planning a trip to Finland

Instructions showing you how to recharge your iPad Mini with a Finnish power outlet using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a 2 pin Europlug Type C power adapter and charging the iPad Mini using a Schuko Type F USB plug.

Finnish power outlet

Various combinations of voltages and sockets can often be daunting when planning to travel to a new country, especially to the first time traveller. This page was specifically written to prevent travellers worrying if they'll be able to charge the iPad Mini when they're staying in Finland.When you're visiting Finland this page has instructions showing you charging the iPad Mini by using their types F or C 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets. If you are travelling to Finland from a different region please check the iPad Mini can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure that your iPad Mini is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to prevent the device from overheating during charging. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in Finland

Can you use the iPad Mini in Finland?

You can use the iPad Mini in Finland by using a power adaptor.

What is the best power adapter for the iPad Mini in Finland?

When travelling to more than one country then the best travel charger for Finland to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Finns 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 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by changing the included plugs over. If your type of iPad Mini is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these USB power adapters along with compatibility with more power demanding devices like tablets. This means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel chargers for your Finnish trip or using up additional power sockets. Only bringing a single international travel charger will keep the overall 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 back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

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

Alternative travel adapter for Finland

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPad Mini, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from America going to Finland using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just 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 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Finland. [8] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for the iPad Mini in Finland?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from a Finnish power outlet

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPad Mini with a Finnish power outlet using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a 2 pin Europlug Type C power adapter.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad Mini using the Finnish power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this USB cable is normally already supplied with your iPad Mini).
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it in the wall supply. This ungrounded power supply (known as a Europlug or Type C power outlet [3]) can be recognised by 2 circular adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Apple power cord into the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad Mini.
  4. Switch on the Finnish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging, typically taking roughly 1 - 4 hours to recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from a Finnish power outlet

Charging the iPad Mini from a Finnish power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

A guide showing how to power the iPad Mini from a Finnish power outlet by using a Lightning cable and a 2 pin Type F USB charger.

  1. To charge the iPad Mini from a Finnish power outlet you'll need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], the cable is normally already included with the device by Apple.
  2. Start by inserting the Type F USB power adapter into the Finnish power outlet. You can recognise this plug supply by the two 4.8mm circular holes 19 mm apart from each other where the two plug outlet pins slide into along with two metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Mini.
  4. Turn on the Finnish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is charging, typically taking between one-four hours to completely recharge.
Charging the iPad Mini from a Finnish power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Finland Wiki page
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, costs around $10 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  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, between $15 to $20 USD (around £15 GBP / under C$15).
  6. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  7. Type F USB power adapter - Type F USB chargers are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, between $10 to $15 USD (around £15 GBP / under C$20).
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costs between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).