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

Instructions on how to power your iPad Mini from a French Guianese power outlet using the Lightning Apple connector and a 3 pinned Type D USB charger, how to recharge the iPad Mini using a two pinned Type C Europlug USB plug and recharging the iPad Mini using a 2 pinned Type E USB charger

French Guianese power outlet

Varying different combinations of frequencies and region codes can all cause confusion when planning on travelling to a different country to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of common standards used in the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power the iPad Mini . These guidelines were written to stop travellers worrying if they can charge their iPad Mini when they're visiting French Guiana.The following useful guide shows how to power the iPad Mini when visiting French Guiana by using the standard Type D, C or E 220 volt 50Hz power outlets. If travelling to French Guiana from another country double check your iPad Mini can be used with a 240v supply. If the iPad Mini originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts check that your device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from over-heating when powering up. If you plan on staying in a French Guianese place such as Cayenne or Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni read the Wikipedia web page about French Guiana [1] for further details prior to the area. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in French Guiana

Can the iPad Mini be used in French Guiana?

You can connect the iPad Mini to a French Guianese power outlet.

What is the best travel charger for the iPad Mini in French Guiana?

If travelling with more than just your iPad Mini or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for French Guiana is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. French Guianese use three different types of plug sockets (D, C and E) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world just by changing the supplied heads. If your iPad Mini is compatible with Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these types of USB travel adapters, and support for certain power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters having a four port charger will also allow you to power multiple devices at once without needing to buy individual travel adapters or using up additional wall outlets. By only bringing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage. Due to their versatility these types of power chargers can be used back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers without using up an additional plug socket.

For those travelling to different continents we recommend searching for this type of versatile travel charger online. The power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger 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 is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering 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 option for travellers originating from North America going to 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 North America using type B plugs. This gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with just 1 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. [10] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for the iPad Mini in French Guiana?

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

Using an Apple Lightning cable and a Europlug Type C USB adapter to charge the iPad Mini from a French Guianese power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPad Mini using a French Guianese power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will typically supply this cable with your iPad Mini).
  2. Start by inserting the Type C USB power adapter into the wall outlet. The plug outlet, sometimes called a Type C power outlet [3] or Europlug, is identified by two round adjacent holes next to each other.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple USB cord into the power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Mini.
  4. Switch 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 charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging and takes between 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge.
Charging the iPad Mini from a French Guianese power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Powering the iPad Mini with a French Guianese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

Instructions showing how to charge the iPad Mini from a French Guianese power outlet with an Apple USB Lightning connector and a Type D USB adapter.

  1. In order to power your iPad Mini using a French Guianese power outlet you will need to buy a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this cable is typically included with your device).
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type D USB power adapter in the wall outlet. The plug outlet, technically called a Type D power outlet [6], can be recognised by the three round holes forming a triangle configuration for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple USB cord into the power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Mini.
  4. Switch 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 charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging and takes between 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini with a French Guianese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

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

Instructions on how to recharge your iPad Mini from a French Guianese power outlet using a Lightning Apple connector and a two pinned Type E USB adapter.

  1. If you want to power the iPad Mini using a 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 will normally include the USB cable when you first purchase the iPad Mini.
  2. Insert the Type E USB power adapter in the French Guianese power outlet. The recessed circular power supply, also called the Type E power outlet [8], can be recognised by two large round adjacent holes next to each other plus a single long metal earth pin protruding in the top forming a triangular pattern.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB Apple Lightning power cord into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Mini.
  4. Switch on the French Guianese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Mini is recharging which should take around 60 to 240 minutes to recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini with a French Guianese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia web page 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, £10-£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, under £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 under £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, costing £10-£15.
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, under £15.