Charging the iPhone in Finland

Using a USB 30 pin Apple cable with a two pin Type C USB charger to recharge the iPhone with a Finnish power outlet and powering the iPhone using a two pin Type F power plug.

Finnish power outlet

Various combinations of standards and plugs can all be confusing when planning to visit another country if you've never been there before. This page was specifically written to prevent you having to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPhone when you are visiting Finland.If you are going to Finland these useful instructions show how to power the iPhone by using the F or C type Finnish 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets. If travelling to Finland from a different region make sure the iPhone can be used with a 240v supply. If the iPhone was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure that the device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged when powering up.

This page details the iPhone first generation, the original iPhone is missing some features which have since been introduced to more recent iPhones. Visit the Apple category page for a full range of Apple iPhones. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 3 or greater on the iPhone.

Charging the iPhone in Finland

Can you use the iPhone in Finland?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone to a Finnish power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

Finland

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone in Finland?

If travelling with more than just your iPhone the best travel power adapter for Finland is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Finns use two different standards of power outlets (F and C) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the included plugs. If your iPhone is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these types of power adapters, plus additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

This will allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring individual power adapters on your Finnish trip or occupying additional wall sockets. Only needing a single lightweight travel charger will keep the overall size down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage while travelling and on hand for charging your iPhone at the airport or on the plane. Due to their versatility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets using just a single plug socket.

We recommend searching for a multipurpose power adapter of this nature online. The travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world.

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 iPhone, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North 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 best selling portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Finland.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs and offers almost the same functionality 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 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Finland. [8]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone in Finland?

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

Using a 30-pin cable and a two pinned Type C power charger to charge the iPhone from a Finnish power outlet.

  1. To power the iPhone from a Finnish power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple should typically include the cable when you buy the iPhone.
  2. First plug in the Type C USB power adapter in the power supply. The plug supply (known as a Type C power outlet [3] or Europlug) is identified by 2 round holes adjacent to each other where the two plug outlet pins go.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone. The iPhone dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone.
  4. Switch on the Finnish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging, typically taking roughly one-four hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone with a Finnish power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Powering the iPhone with a Finnish power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

A guide on how to charge the iPhone from a Finnish power outlet using the Apple USB 30-pin connector and a Type F power adapter.

  1. If you want to supply power to your iPhone from the Finnish power outlet you will need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], the USB cable is usually included with the iPhone.
  2. Insert the Type F USB power adapter into the Finnish power outlet. You can recognise this power outlet by two 4.8mm circular adjacent holes next to each other where the pins go along with a pair of metal grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple cable into the USB power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone. The iPhone dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone.
  4. Switch on the Finnish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the mobile screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up which takes between 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone with a Finnish power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org entry about Finland
  2. Apple - the original iPhone product manual
  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, under $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, between $5 to $10 USD (around £5 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, estimated cost under $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).