Charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 when staying in Finland

The Wiki Connections guide on how to charge a Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Finnish power outlet by using USB micro Type B cord and a Type C Europlug USB charger and recharging a Samsung Galaxy S4 using a Type F Schuko USB plug.

Finnish power outlet

Various combinations of frequencies and standards can all be confusing when planning on staying in a foreign country especially if you've never visited before. This guide was written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge the Samsung Galaxy S4 abroad.When you are going to Finland this page contains instructions showing you how to charge your Samsung Galaxy S4 by using their types F or C Finnish 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. Power sockets change from region to region therefore we suggest reading the list of World power supplies for a full list of countries. If you are visiting Finland from a different region please make sure that your Samsung Galaxy S4 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v check the Samsung Galaxy S4 is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to stop the device from over-heating whilst powering it. If you intend to visit a place like Helsinki or Espoo read the Wikipedia.org entry about Finland [1] for further details.

Refer to the Samsung Galaxy S4 instruction manual [2] for more information on the operation of the mobile phone and visit the Galaxy page for more phones in the Samsung Galaxy range which will connect to the Finnish power outlet.

Charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Finland

Can you use a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Finland?

You can connect a Samsung Galaxy S4 to a Finnish power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best power adapter for recharging a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Finland?

If travelling to multiple countries and bringing more than just your Samsung Galaxy S4 then the best international travel charger for Finland to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two types of power outlets in Finland (F and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by changing the plugs over. If your Samsung Galaxy S4 supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these USB travel chargers, along with support for more power hungry devices.

This will allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring individual power adapters on your Finnish trip or using up additional wall outlets. Because you are only packing a single USB travel charger will also keep the size down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage. Because of their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets using only a single power outlet.

If you travel often we suggest buying this type of versatile travel charger at your preferred electronics retailer - the power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Finland

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S4, 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 unreliable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Finland and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting Finland.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs and gives almost the same set of features 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 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 ideal for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Finland.
What is the best power adapter for recharging a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Finland?

Charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Finnish power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Using USB Type B cable and a Type C USB adapter to power your Samsung Galaxy S4 with a Finnish power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to your Samsung Galaxy S4 from the Finnish power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Start by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it in the Finnish power outlet. You can recognise the wall outlet by the 2 circular adjacent holes next to each other.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the USB adapter and the other end into the multipurpose jack on a Samsung Galaxy S4. You'll find the USB jack on the base of the Samsung Galaxy located below the Home button.
  4. Turn on the Finnish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found at the top corner of the Samsung Galaxy S4 screen will show a charging icon with dots underneath to indicate that the device is charging.
  6. If you are using the Samsung Galaxy whilst charging it will take longer to fully charge the battery.
Charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Finnish power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Finnish power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

Using micro USB Type B connector and a Schuko Type F USB charger to power a Samsung Galaxy S4 with a Finnish power outlet.

  1. To power the Samsung Galaxy S4 using a Finnish power outlet you'll need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Firstly plug in the Type F USB power adapter in the power supply. You can recognise this wall outlet by the two 4.8mm circular holes 19 mm apart from each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins sit, plus thin metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the USB adapter and the other end into the multipurpose jack on a Samsung Galaxy S4. You'll find the USB jack on the bottom of the Samsung located underneath the Home button.
  4. Turn on the Finnish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears at the top corner of the Samsung Galaxy S4 will show a charging icon with dots underneath to indicate that the device is charging.
  6. If you are using the Samsung Galaxy while charging it will take longer to fully charge the battery.
Charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Finnish power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finland - Wikipedia.org entry about Finland
  2. http://downloadcenter.samsung.com/content/UM/201304/20130430133529298/GT-I9505_UM_EU_Jellybean_Eng_Rev.1.1_130426.pdf - Samsung Galaxy S4 instruction manual
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet
  5. USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable - Used to connect USB devices which have a USB Mini-B port to computers, power supplies and other devices
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  7. Type F USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type F mains power outlet
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters