How to charge an iPad Air 2 from a power outlet in French Guiana

A step by step guide showing you how to recharge your iPad Air 2 from a French Guianese power outlet by using the Apple Lightning cable and a three pin Type D USB adapter, how to recharge an iPad Air 2 using a two pinned Europlug Type C power plug and charging an iPad Air 2 using a Type E power adapter

French Guianese power outlet

Different combinations of standards and sockets can often be confusing when planning on visiting another country to the first time traveller. These instructions have been written to prevent you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPad Air 2 abroad.The following step-by-step guide will show you how to power the iPad Air 2 when you're in French Guiana by using their D, C or E type French Guianese 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. You will discover most power sockets will change depending on which area you taking a trip to therefore please read our Wiki Connections world power supplies list where you'll find a full list showing charging devices in different destinations. If you are travelling to French Guiana from a different country ensure the iPad Air 2 can accept a 240v supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts make sure your device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to stop the device from overheating whilst powering it up. If you are planning to visit a French Guianese place such as Cayenne or Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni we also suggest referring to the French Guiana Wikipedia page [1] for further information. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on an iPad Air 2.

Charging an iPad Air 2 in French Guiana

Can you use an iPad Air 2 in French Guiana?

Yes, you can use an iPad Air 2 in French Guiana by using a power convertor.

What is the best travel adapter for an iPad Air 2 in French Guiana?

If you are travelling to more than one country the best international travel power adapter for French Guiana is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [10]. There are three different types of plug sockets that French Guianese use (D, C and E) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied heads. If your iPad Air 2 supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times with one of these travel adapters, plus support for more power hungry devices. Unlike other adapters having a 4 port adapter means you can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple power chargers for your trip to French Guiana or using up additional wall sockets. By only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage as well as being convenient for recharging your iPad Air 2 at the airport or on a flight. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of adapters can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets without using up an additional power outlet.

For those travelling to French Guiana we recommend searching for a flexible travel adapter like this online, the power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [10] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for French Guiana

The 4 port USB travel charger [10] 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 adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power adapters 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 most popular compact power adapter for travellers originating from America visiting French Guiana.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting French Guiana.
What is the best travel adapter for an iPad Air 2 in French Guiana?

Charging an iPad Air 2 from a French Guianese power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Using a Lightning Apple connector with a Type C power adapter to charge an iPad Air 2 from a French Guianese power outlet.

  1. To supply power to your iPad Air 2 from the French Guianese power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], normally supplied with the iPad Air 2.
  2. Insert the Type C USB power adapter in the French Guianese power outlet. This unearthed wall supply (known as the Europlug) can be identified by the two circular adjacent holes where the twin plug outlet pins go.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Apple Lightning power cord into the bottom of the mains USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Switch on the French Guianese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up, typically taking roughly 1-4 hours to fully recharge.
Charging an iPad Air 2 from a French Guianese power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Powering an iPad Air 2 with a French Guianese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

Instructions on how to charge an iPad Air 2 from a French Guianese power outlet with the Lightning Apple cable with a Type D power adapter.

  1. If you want to supply power to an iPad Air 2 from the French Guianese power outlet you'll need to buy a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should typically include the USB cable when you first purchase your iPad Air 2).
  2. First plug the Type D USB power adapter into the French Guianese power outlet. The power supply (technically called a Type D power outlet [6]) can be recognised by the 3 holes in a triangular pattern.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple USB cord into the bottom of the mains power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Switch on the French Guianese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up which takes between 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
Powering an iPad Air 2 with a French Guianese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

Powering an iPad Air 2 with a French Guianese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

Using a Lightning Apple connector with a Type E power adapter to charge an iPad Air 2 from a French Guianese power outlet.

  1. In order to power an iPad Air 2 using the French Guianese power outlet you'll need to use a Type E USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should usually supply the USB cable when you purchase the iPad Air 2).
  2. Firstly insert the Type E USB power adapter into the French Guianese power outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by two 4.8mm circular holes 19mm adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins and one long metal grounding pin protruding in the top to form a triangular shape.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Lightning charging cable into the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Turn on the French Guianese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Air 2 is recharging which takes around one-four hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering an iPad Air 2 with a French Guianese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_Guiana - French Guiana Wikipedia page
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1595/en_US/ipad_user_guide.pdf - Official iPad 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/typeD.htm - Type D power outlet
  7. Type D USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type D mains power outlet
  8. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeE.htm - Type E power outlet
  9. Type E USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type E mains power outlet
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters