How to charge your iPhone from a power outlet in Sweden

Instructions showing how to charge the iPhone with a Swedish power outlet by using the Apple 30 pin cable with a 2 pinned Type C power charger and powering the iPhone using a 2 pinned Type F USB adapter.

Swedish power outlet

Various voltages and standards can often be confusing when planning to travel to a different country especially for the first time traveller. These instructions were written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPhone when you are staying abroad.This page contains a step by step guide telling you what you'll need to supply power to your iPhone when you're in Sweden by using the standard types F or C Swedish 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, Type F power outlets are used by most Swedes. When you are visiting Sweden from a different country make sure the iPhone can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If the iPhone came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v double check your device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to prevent the device from being damaged during charging. If you intend on visiting a place like Stockholm we also suggest referring to the Wikipedia page about Sweden [1] for more indepth details prior to travelling to the area.

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 are running Apple iOS 3 or greater on the iPhone.

Charging the iPhone in Sweden

Can you use the iPhone in Sweden?

Yes, you can use the iPhone in Sweden.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone in Sweden?

When you are travelling with more than your iPhone then the best international travel charger for Sweden is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Swedes use two different standards of wall outlets (F and C) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the supplied heads over. If your iPhone is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB power chargers plus support for more power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a four port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to buy individual power chargers or occupying additional power outlets. By only bringing a single travel charger will help keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling as well as being on hand for charging your iPhone at an airport or on a plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers with only a single wall outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend buying this type of flexible power charger online, the power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Sweden

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices via USB, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Sweden and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from North America going to Sweden.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also 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. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Sweden. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone in Sweden?

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPhone from a Swedish power outlet

Instructions showing how to charge the iPhone with a Swedish power outlet by using the Apple 30 pin cable with a 2 pinned Type C power charger.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone using a Swedish power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple typically supply this cable when you first purchase your iPhone).
  2. Plug in the Type C USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can recognise the power supply by 2 adjacent holes next to each other.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB power 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 Swedish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your phone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is charging taking between one-four hours to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPhone from a Swedish power outlet

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

Using the Apple 30 pin cable with a 2 pinned Type F USB charger to power your iPhone from a Swedish power outlet.

  1. In order to power your iPhone using a Swedish power outlet you will need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple should usually supply this USB cable with your iPhone.
  2. Start the process by taking the Type F USB power adapter and plugging it into the wall outlet. You can identify this wall supply by two 4.8mm round holes 19 mm adjacent to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins slide into, plus a pair of two thin metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB cord into the bottom of the mains USB 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 Swedish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the cellphone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up, typically taking roughly 60-240 minutes to recharge.
Powering the iPhone with a Swedish power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia page about Sweden
  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, estimated cost 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, estimated cost around $5 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$10-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).