Charging the iPad 2 when visiting Finland

A guide showing you how to recharge your iPad 2 with a Finnish power outlet with an Apple USB 30-pin connector and a 2 pinned Type C power charger and recharging the iPad 2 using a two pin Type F USB plug.

Finnish power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of standards and plugs can all be confusing when planning to travel to another country especially to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this article tells you exactly what to buy in advance to charge the iPad 2 . The following step by step guide will show you exactly how to charge your iPad 2 when you are visiting Finland using their standard types F or C 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. When visiting Finland from another country please check your iPad 2 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check that your iPad 2 is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to prevent the device from being damaged when powering up. If you intend to visit a Finnish city such as Helsinki we recommend reading the Finland Wikipedia web page [1] for more indepth details. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 2.

Charging the iPad 2 in Finland

Can you use the iPad 2 in Finland?

Yes, you can connect the iPad 2 to a Finnish power outlet.

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad 2 in Finland?

When travelling to more than one country then the best international travel charger for Finland to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Finns use two different standards of power outlets (F and C) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world just by changing the plugs over. If your iPad 2 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these types of USB power chargers, along with additional support for certain power hungry devices like tablets. This will allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple power chargers. Because you are only packing a single travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage while travelling. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple phones and tablets without using up an additional plug socket.

We suggest buying an adaptable travel adapter like this online. The travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Finland

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel converters are supplied 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 adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from America going to Finland using type B 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 originating from the US using type B plugs and gives almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half the 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Finland. [8] [AD]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad 2 in Finland?

Charging the iPad 2 from a Finnish power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

A guide showing you how to recharge your iPad 2 with a Finnish power outlet with an Apple USB 30-pin connector and a 2 pinned Type C power charger.

  1. To supply power to the iPad 2 from a Finnish power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (typically already supplied with your device by Apple).
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type C USB power adapter into the Finnish power outlet. This unearthed power outlet, sometimes called a Europlug, is identified by 2 adjacent holes next to each other where the plug outlet pins go.
  3. Connect one end of the cable into the mains USB charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector is found at the base of the iPad 2.
  4. Switch on the Finnish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad 2 is charging, typically taking roughly one-four hours to recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPad 2 from a Finnish power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

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

Instructions showing you how to charge your iPad 2 from a Finnish power outlet by using the Apple 30-pin cable and a two pinned Type F USB charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad 2 from the Finnish power outlet you will need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple typically supply this USB cable when you purchase your iPad 2.
  2. Start the process by taking the Type F USB power adapter and inserting it into the Finnish power outlet. The sunken round power outlet can be identified by the two round adjacent holes, plus a pair of metal grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector can be found at the base of the iPad 2.
  4. Switch on the Finnish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad 2 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging which should take around 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPad 2 with a Finnish power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Finland Wikipedia web page
  2. Apple - official iPad 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, priced C$15-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, costs 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 C$20.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, under C$20.