How to charge your iPhone 5S from a power outlet in Finland

Using an Apple Lightning cable and a Europlug Type C USB adapter to recharge your iPhone 5S from a Finnish power outlet and charging the iPhone 5S using a Type F power adapter.

Finnish power outlet

Varying different combinations of voltages and sockets can all be confusing when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never been there before. This page has been written to prevent you having to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 5S when you're in Finland.The following step-by-step guide will show you what you'll need to power the iPhone 5S when travelling to Finland by using their F or C type Finnish 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets. When you are visiting Finland from a different country ensure the iPhone 5S can be charged using a 240v supply. If it was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) ensure that the iPhone 5S is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to prevent the device from being damaged whilst powering it. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5S.

Charging the iPhone 5S in Finland

Can the iPhone 5S be used in Finland?

You can connect the iPhone 5S to a Finnish power outlet.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 5S in Finland?

If travelling with more than your iPhone 5S and visiting multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Finland is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two different types of plug sockets that Finns use (types F and C) and using a power charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle 100 to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the supplied heads over. If your iPhone 5S is compatible with Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these types of USB travel chargers plus compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets. Having a 4 port charger will allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack seperate power adapters or using up additional wall sockets. By only bringing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage while travelling and suitable for recharging your iPhone 5S at an airport or on a plane. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of adapters can be used when you return home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers without needing an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling to different continents we recommend searching for this type of versatile power charger at an electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with good reliably.

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 iPhone 5S, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be necessary for visitors of regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 visiting Finland using type B American plug sockets.
  • 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 the US using type B plugs. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 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 travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 5S in Finland?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 5S from a Finnish power outlet

Using an Apple Lightning cable and a Europlug Type C USB adapter to recharge your iPhone 5S from a Finnish power outlet.

  1. To power the iPhone 5S from the Finnish power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple normally include this cable with your iPhone 5S.
  2. First you'll need to plug in the Type C USB power adapter into the wall outlet. You can recognise the power supply by 2 circular adjacent holes next to each other.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple Lightning charging cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S. The iPhone 5S Lightning connector can be found at bottom of your iPhone 5S under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Finnish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone 5S will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up which takes roughly 1-4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 5S from a Finnish power outlet

Powering the iPhone 5S with a Finnish power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge the iPhone 5S with a Finnish power outlet with a USB Lightning Apple connector and a two pinned Type F Schuko USB charger.

  1. In order to charge your iPhone 5S using a Finnish power outlet you will need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should typically include the USB cable when you first purchase the iPhone 5S).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type F USB power adapter in the Finnish power outlet. The round wall outlet (sometimes known as the Type F power outlet [6] or Schuko outlet) can be recognised by the two large circular holes 19 mm next to each other for live and neutral, plus a pair of grounding clips above and below.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB Apple Lightning power cord into the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S. The iPhone 5S Lightning connector is situated at bottom of the iPhone 5S under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Finnish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is charging taking between 1-4 hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5S with a Finnish power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finland - wikipedia web page about Finland
  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 Lightning cable - The Apple Lightning cable is a charging and syncing cable for more recent Apple devices and connects compatible iPhones and iPads to a USB port
  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