Charging the iPhone 4S when planning a trip to Finland

Learn how to charge your iPhone 4S with a Finnish power outlet using a 30-pin cable and a 2 pin Type C power adapter and recharging the iPhone 4S using a 2 pin Type F power adapter.

Finnish power outlet

Varying different standards and plug types can often be daunting when planning to stay in a foreign country, especially if you've never been there before. This guide has been written to stop you having to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 4S when you are abroad.The following guide tells you exactly what you'll need to charge your iPhone 4S when you are visiting Finland by using their standard F or C type Finnish 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. If you are visiting Finland from another country ensure that your iPhone 4S can be charged using a 240v supply. If it was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) double check the device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to prevent the device from overheating whilst powering it. If you intend on staying in a destination such as Helsinki read the Finland Wikipedia page [1] for further information. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4S.

Charging the iPhone 4S in Finland

Can you use the iPhone 4S in Finland?

You can use the iPhone 4S in Finland by using a power adaptor.

What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 4S in Finland?

When travelling with more than just your iPhone 4S the best international travel adapter for Finland is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. 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. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your type of iPhone 4S is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers, plus additional support for more power demanding devices.

This means you can recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy individual travel chargers. By only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage and on hand for recharging your iPhone 4S at an airport or on the flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets with just a single power outlet.

We recommend buying an adaptable travel charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Finland

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices using USB, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These power converters 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 converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact 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 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 price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 suitable for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Finland.
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 4S in Finland?

Powering the iPhone 4S with a Finnish power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Learn how to charge your iPhone 4S with a Finnish power outlet using a 30-pin cable and a 2 pin Type C power adapter.

  1. To charge the iPhone 4S from a Finnish power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (usually supplied with your iPhone 4S).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can identify the power supply by the two adjacent holes next to each other where the twin plug outlet pins slide into.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB cable into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 4S. The iPhone 4S dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 4S.
  4. Switch on the Finnish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone 4S screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging, typically taking between one-four hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 4S with a Finnish power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Charging the iPhone 4S from a Finnish power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

The Wiki Connections page showing how to charge your iPhone 4S with a Finnish power outlet using a 30-pin Apple cable and a 2 pin Type F power adapter.

  1. If you want to power your iPhone 4S using the Finnish power outlet you will need to use a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (usually supplied with your iPhone 4S).
  2. Insert the Type F USB power adapter into the Finnish power outlet. This recessed round plug supply can be recognised by two 4.8mm circular holes 19 mm apart from each other for live and neutral pins along with a pair of thin grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB cable into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 4S. The iPhone 4S dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 4S.
  4. Turn on the Finnish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone 4S screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging which takes roughly 1 - 4 hours to recharge.
Charging the iPhone 4S from a Finnish power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finland - Finland Wikipedia page
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1565/en_US/iphone_user_guide.pdf - Official iPhone user guide
  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 to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music
  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