Charging the iPhone 4 when staying in Finland

A guide on how to charge the iPhone 4 from a Finnish power outlet by using the USB 30-pin Apple connector with a two pin Type C USB charger and recharging the iPhone 4 using a Type F USB adapter.

Finnish power outlet

Varying different combinations of voltages and region codes can often be daunting when planning to travel to another country to the first time traveller. This page has step by step instructions showing you what you'll need to power your iPhone 4 when you're visiting Finland using their standard Type F or C 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. If travelling to Finland from a different country ensure that your iPhone 4 can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts double check your iPhone 4 is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to stop the device from overloading during charging. If you plan to visit a city like Helsinki read the Finland Wikipedia web page [1] for further details. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4.

Charging the iPhone 4 in Finland

Can the iPhone 4 be used in Finland?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 4 in Finland.

What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 4 in Finland?

When you are travelling with more than your iPhone 4 the best international travel charger for Finland is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different types of wall outlets in Finland (types F and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the included plugs over. If your iPhone 4 supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these USB power chargers, along with compatibility with more power demanding devices.

Having a four port adapter will also allow you to power multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy seperate travel adapters. Only packing a single international travel charger will help keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage while travelling. Due to their space saving 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 with just a single plug socket.

If you travel to Finland we recommend buying an adaptable travel adapter similar to this at your preferred electronics retailer; the multipurpose power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Finland

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 4, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unstable power grids. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 most popular portable option for travellers originating from North 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 originating from the US using type B plugs and is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Finland. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 4 in Finland?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 4 from a Finnish power outlet

A guide showing how to recharge the iPhone 4 from a Finnish power outlet using the 30-pin Apple connector with a Type C USB charger.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone 4 using the Finnish power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (typically already included with your iPhone 4 by Apple).
  2. Begin the process by inserting the Type C USB power adapter into the power outlet. This ungrounded wall outlet is recognised by 2 round adjacent holes next to each other where the pins go.
  3. Connect one end of the cord into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 4. The iPhone 4 dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone 4.
  4. Turn on the Finnish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPhone 4 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 4 is recharging, typically taking roughly 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 4 from a Finnish power outlet

How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your iPhone 4 from a Finnish power outlet

A guide showing how to recharge the iPhone 4 from a Finnish power outlet using the 30-pin Apple connector with a 2 pin Type F USB charger.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 4 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] - typically already included with your iPhone 4 by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type F USB power adapter and inserting it into the Finnish power outlet. The circular plug supply (known as a Type F power outlet [6] or Schuko plug) can be recognised by two round adjacent holes where the twin pins go along with a pair of metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple cord into the bottom of the power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 4. The iPhone 4 dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone 4.
  4. Turn on the Finnish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPhone 4 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 4 is charging, typically taking roughly 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your iPhone 4 from a Finnish power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Finland Wikipedia web page
  2. Apple - official iPhone 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, between $10 to $15 USD (around £10 GBP / under 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, 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, estimated price between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).