How to charge the iPhone 4 from a power outlet in French Guiana

Instructions showing how to charge the iPhone 4 with a French Guianese power outlet with a USB 30-pin cable with a Type C USB adapter, recharging the iPhone 4 using a three pin Type D USB adapter and how to charge the iPhone 4 using a two pin Type E USB charger

French Guianese power outlet

Differing combinations of standards and sockets can all be confusing when planning to visit another country, especially if you've never visited before. When travelling to French Guiana these useful instructions show charging your iPhone 4 by using the standard D, C or E type 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets. When you are visiting French Guiana from a different region please ensure that the iPhone 4 can be used with a 240v supply. If your iPhone 4 originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) double check your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to stop the device from overheating whilst powering it up. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4.

Charging the iPhone 4 in French Guiana

Can you use the iPhone 4 in French Guiana?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 4 in French Guiana by using a power convertor.

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What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 4 in French Guiana?

If travelling to more than one country and bringing along more than just your iPhone 4 the best travel power adapter for French Guiana to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are three different standards of wall outlets that French Guianese use (types D, C and E) and using a power charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C.

As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the plugs. If your model of iPhone 4 supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times with one of these types of USB travel chargers plus additional compatibility with more power demanding devices. Unlike other adapters having a 4 port adapter means you can power multiple devices at the same time without needing to bring multiple power chargers for your trip to French Guiana or using up additional wall sockets. By only bringing a single travel charger will also keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their space saving versatility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers and using just a single plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we suggest buying a versatile travel charger similar to this online. The power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger 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 is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 4, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these 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 supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North 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 best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting French Guiana using 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 North America using type B plugs. This gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with only 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 perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting French Guiana. [10]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 4 in French Guiana?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 4 from a French Guianese power outlet

Using a USB 30 pin cable with a Type C USB adapter to recharge your iPhone 4 from a French Guianese power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone 4 using a French Guianese power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (this cable is normally included with the iPhone 4 by Apple).
  2. Begin by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it into the wall outlet. The power supply (sometimes called a Type C power outlet [3] or Europlug) is recognised by 2 adjacent holes.
  3. Connect one end of the cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 4. The iPhone 4 dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone 4.
  4. Switch on the French Guianese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your iPhone will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is powering up which takes roughly 1-4 hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 4 from a French Guianese power outlet

Charging the iPhone 4 from a French Guianese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

Using a USB 30-pin cable with a Type D USB adapter to recharge your iPhone 4 from a French Guianese power outlet.

  1. To supply power to your iPhone 4 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 should usually include the USB cable when you purchase the iPhone 4).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type D USB power adapter in the power supply. You can identify this plug outlet by the 3 holes forming a triangular pattern.
  3. Connect one end of the cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 4. The iPhone 4 dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone 4.
  4. Switch on the French Guianese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your iPhone will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is powering up which takes roughly 1-4 hours to fully recharge.
Charging the iPhone 4 from a French Guianese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

Charging the iPhone 4 from a French Guianese power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

Using a USB 30 pin cable and a two pin Type E USB adapter to recharge your iPhone 4 from a French Guianese power outlet.

  1. In order to charge your iPhone 4 using a French Guianese power outlet you'll need to use a Type E USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], typically already supplied with your device.
  2. First plug in the Type E USB power adapter into the French Guianese power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by the two round holes 19mm adjacent to each other plus a metal earth pin protruding from the top in a triangle shape.
  3. Then connect one end of the cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 4. The iPhone 4 dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone 4.
  4. Switch on the French Guianese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone 4 will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up which should take between 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
Charging the iPhone 4 from a French Guianese power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - French Guiana Wikipedia web page
  2. Apple - official iPhone 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, estimated cost under $15.
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, around $5.
  6. iec.ch - Type D power outlet
  7. Type D USB power adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D USB chargers have large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, priced at between $10 to $15.
  8. iec.ch - Type E power outlet
  9. Type E USB power adapter - There are two 4.8mm pins on Type E USB chargers which are placed 19mm apart and may include a hole for an earthing pin, costing between $10 to $15.
  10. 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.