How to charge your iPad from a power outlet in French Guiana

Simple instructions showing how to charge the iPad from a French Guianese power outlet with an Apple 30-pin cable and a Type E power charger, recharging the iPad using a 2 pinned Type C USB adapter and how to recharge the iPad using a Type D USB adapter

French Guianese power outlet

Different combinations of region codes and plugs can often be confusing when planning to stay in another country, especially for the first time traveller. This guide was specifically written to stop you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPad when French Guiana.If you're visiting French Guiana this page contains useful instructions showing you how to charge your iPad using their Type D, C or E French Guianese 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. When visiting French Guiana from another country please ensure that the iPad can accept a 240v supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check that the iPad is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to avoid the device from overheating when charging it. This page details the original iPad first generation, visit the Apple category page for the latest range of Apple iPads. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 5 or greater on the iPad.

Charging the iPad in French Guiana

Can you use the iPad in French Guiana?

Yes, you can use the iPad in French Guiana.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad in French Guiana?

When travelling with more than your iPad then the best travel charger for French Guiana is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [10]. French Guianese use three different types of wall outlets (D, C and E) and using a travel charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your iPad is compatible with Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times with one of these power chargers and additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other chargers having a four port charger will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate power adapters on your trip to French Guiana. Because you are only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without using up an additional wall outlet.

We suggest searching for a versatile travel charger similar to this at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [10] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for French Guiana

The 4 port USB travel charger [10] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPad, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from America going to French Guiana using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise 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 and offers almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a flexible 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 wide range of travellers from around the world visiting French Guiana.
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPad in French Guiana?

Powering the iPad with a French Guianese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Using the 30 pin Apple connector with a 2 pinned Type C USB adapter to recharge your iPad from a French Guianese power outlet.

  1. In order to power your iPad using a French Guianese power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the cable is usually already supplied with the device).
  2. Plug the Type C USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can recognise the power outlet by 2 adjacent holes next to each other.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector is found at the base of the iPad.
  4. Turn on the French Guianese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging and takes between 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad with a French Guianese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPad from a French Guianese power outlet

Using a 30 pin Apple connector and a three pinned Type D USB adapter to charge the iPad from a French Guianese power outlet.

  1. If you want to power the iPad from the French Guianese power outlet you'll need to buy a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple typically supply this cable when you first purchase your iPad.
  2. Begin by taking the Type D USB power adapter and inserting it into the French Guianese power outlet. This wall supply, sometimes called a Type D power outlet [6], looks like three round holes forming a triangular pattern.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB cord into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector is found at the base of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the French Guianese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your tablet screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is charging taking between one-four hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPad from a French Guianese power outlet

Charging the iPad from a French Guianese power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

Simple instructions showing how to charge the iPad from a French Guianese power outlet with an Apple 30-pin cable and a Type E power charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad using a French Guianese power outlet you will need to buy a Type E USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple typically supply this cable when you first purchase the iPad).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type E USB power adapter in the French Guianese power outlet. The recessed circular plug outlet can be identified by two large round adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins go and one metal grounding pin protruding from the top to form a triangular shape.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB cord into the USB adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector can be found at the base of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the French Guianese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up which should take roughly 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPad from a French Guianese power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_Guiana - Wikipedia page about French Guiana
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1632/en_US/ipad_ios5_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 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/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