How to charge an iPad Air 2 in Finland

Using a Lightning connector with a Type C Europlug USB charger to recharge an iPad Air 2 from a Finnish power outlet and recharging an iPad Air 2 using a double pinned Type F power adapter.

Finnish power outlet

Varying different combinations of region codes and sockets can often lead to confusion when planning to stay in another country, especially to the first time traveller. These step by step instructions shows you how to power your iPad Air 2 when you're visiting Finland by using their types F or C Finnish 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. If you are visiting Finland from a different country please make sure your iPad Air 2 can accept a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) check the iPad Air 2 is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to stop the device from overloading during charging. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on an iPad Air 2.

Charging an iPad Air 2 in Finland

Can the iPad Air 2 be used in Finland?

Yes, you can use an iPad Air 2 in Finland.

Finland

What is the best travel charger for an iPad Air 2 in Finland?

When you are travelling with more than your iPad Air 2 the best travel power adapter for Finland is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Finns use two different standards of wall outlets (types F and C) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the included heads. If your type of iPad Air 2 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these types of power adapters, plus compatibility with more power demanding devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port adapter will also allow you to power more than one device at the same time without needing to buy seperate travel adapters. Only bringing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage and convenient for charging your iPad Air 2 at the airport or on a flight. Because of their versatility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and speakers and using only a single power outlet.

For those travelling on a regular basis we suggest buying this type of versatile travel charger at your preferred electronics retailer - the power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger 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 is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPad Air 2, 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 international 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 going to Finland.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs and gives almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with only 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 a 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 perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Finland. [8]
What is the best travel charger for an iPad Air 2 in Finland?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Air 2 from a Finnish power outlet

Using a Lightning connector and a Type C Europlug USB charger to recharge an iPad Air 2 from a Finnish power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge your iPad Air 2 using the Finnish power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple should usually include the cable when you buy the iPad Air 2.
  2. Start the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it in the Finnish power outlet. This ungrounded power outlet is recognised by 2 adjacent holes for live and neutral pins.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Turn on the Finnish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging taking around 1 - 4 hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Air 2 from a Finnish power outlet

Charging an iPad Air 2 from a Finnish power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

Using the USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type F Schuko power charger to recharge an iPad Air 2 from a Finnish power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to an iPad Air 2 from the Finnish power outlet you will need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (usually already included with the iPad Air 2).
  2. Firstly plug the Type F USB power adapter into the wall supply. This recessed circular wall supply, sometimes called a Schuko plug or Type F power outlet [6], can be recognised by two round adjacent holes for live and neutral pins along with a pair of metal grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Turn on the Finnish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging which typically takes around 1 - 4 hours to recharge to full capacity.
Charging an iPad Air 2 from a Finnish power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

See also

  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, under $15.
  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, around $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, between $10 to $15.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, between $15 to $20.