Charging the iPad 2 when staying in French Guiana

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPad 2 with a French Guianese power outlet with a 30 pin connector and a Type D USB adapter, how to charge the iPad 2 using a Type C USB charger and charging the iPad 2 using a two pinned Type E power charger

French Guianese power outlet

Various combinations of standards and plug types can often lead to confusion when planning to visit another country especially to the first time traveller. The following step-by-step instructions shows exactly what you'll need to charge the iPad 2 when you're in French Guiana using their standard D, C or E type 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. You'll discover power will vary regionally therefore we recommend reading the South America and power supplies page for a full list of countries. If you are visiting French Guiana from another country please check the iPad 2 can be charged using a 240v supply. If your iPad 2 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v ensure that your device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overheating whilst powering it. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 2.

Charging the iPad 2 in French Guiana

Can the iPad 2 be used in French Guiana?

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

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

If travelling with more than just your iPad 2 and visiting more than one country then the best travel power adapter for French Guiana is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are three different types of plug sockets in French Guiana (types D, C and E) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

As these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by switching the supplied heads. If your model of iPad 2 is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times with one of these USB power chargers, and compatibility with more power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other adapters having a 4 port charger means you can recharge multiple devices at once without needing to bring individual power adapters on your trip. Only bringing a single international travel charger will help keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage whilst travelling. Because of their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple phones, tablets and speakers with just a single plug socket.

If you travel to French Guiana we recommend buying this type of versatile travel charger at an electronics retailer. The travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for French Guiana

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, 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 when visiting counties with unstable power supplies. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both French Guiana and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power adapter for travellers originating from North America going to French Guiana.
  • 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 is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting French Guiana. [10] [AD]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad 2 in French Guiana?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad 2 from a French Guianese power outlet

Instructions on how to charge your iPad 2 from a French Guianese power outlet with a 30 pin cable and a Type C USB adapter.

  1. If you want to charge your iPad 2 using the French Guianese power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], this USB cable is typically supplied with the device by Apple.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type C USB power adapter into the French Guianese power outlet. The power supply can be recognised by 2 round holes adjacent to each other where the twin plug outlet pins sit.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad 2.
  4. Switch on the French Guianese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes around 1 - 4 hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad 2 from a French Guianese power outlet

Charging the iPad 2 from a French Guianese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

Using a 30 pin cable and a Type D USB adapter to power your iPad 2 with a French Guianese power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPad 2 from a French Guianese power outlet you will need to use a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple typically supply the cable with the iPad 2.
  2. Firstly you'll need to plug the Type D USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can recognise this power outlet by three circular holes in a triangular shape for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Plug in one end of the 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB mains charger 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 French Guianese 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 which should take around 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
Charging the iPad 2 from a French Guianese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

Charging the iPad 2 from a French Guianese power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

Using a 30-pin connector with a Type E USB charger to recharge the iPad 2 from a French Guianese power outlet.

  1. To power the iPad 2 using the French Guianese power outlet you'll need a Type E USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple usually supply the cable when you buy the iPad 2).
  2. Begin by inserting the Type E USB power adapter into the French Guianese power outlet. This sunken circular power supply can be identified by the two 4.8mm adjacent holes next to each other along with one long metal earth pin protruding from the top to form a triangular configuration.
  3. Connect one end of the cord into the bottom of the power adapter 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. Turn on the French Guianese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPad 2 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad 2 is charging, typically taking between 60-240 minutes to fully recharge.
Charging the iPad 2 from a French Guianese power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia.org entry about French Guiana
  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, estimated price around £10.
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, £15-£20.
  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 £5-£10.
  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, priced around £10.
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated cost under £15.