Charging the iPad Mini 2 when planning a trip to French Guiana

Instructions showing you how to power the iPad Mini 2 from a French Guianese power outlet with the USB Lightning Apple cable and a 3 pin Type D power adapter, how to power the iPad Mini 2 using a 2 pin Type C USB plug and recharging the iPad Mini 2 using a two pin Type E power charger

French Guianese power outlet

Varying complicated voltages and region codes can all be daunting when planning to stay in a foreign country especially if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what to pick up in advance to power your iPad Mini 2 . If travelling to French Guiana these instructions show how to supply power to the iPad Mini 2 by using their standard D, C or E type French Guianese 220 volt 50Hz power outlets. If you are visiting French Guiana from another country ensure your iPad Mini 2 can be charged using a 240v supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure that your iPad Mini 2 is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power converter to stop the device from being damaged when charging it. If you plan to stay in a place such as Cayenne we recommend reading the French Guiana Wikipedia page [1] for further details. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini 2.

Charging the iPad Mini 2 in French Guiana

Can you use the iPad Mini 2 in French Guiana?

You can use the iPad Mini 2 in French Guiana by using a power adaptor.

What is the best power adapter for the iPad Mini 2 in French Guiana?

When travelling with more than just your iPad Mini 2 the best international travel adapter for French Guiana is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are three different types of power outlets that French Guianese use (D, C and E) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your type of iPad Mini 2 supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers, plus additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other travel chargers this will allow you to power more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel chargers. Only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the overall size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets with just a single wall outlet.

We recommend buying a multipurpose travel charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

Alternative travel adapter for French Guiana

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPad Mini 2, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of regions with unreliable power grids. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both French Guiana and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from America going to French Guiana using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs and is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting French Guiana. [10] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for the iPad Mini 2 in French Guiana?

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

Using a Lightning connector with a two pinned Europlug Type C USB charger to recharge your iPad Mini 2 with a French Guianese power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your iPad Mini 2 using the French Guianese power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should normally supply the cable with the iPad Mini 2).
  2. Begin by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. You can recognise this power supply by the two round adjacent holes for live and neutral pins.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Turn on the French Guianese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad Mini 2 screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is charging which should take roughly one-four hours to completely recharge.
Charging the iPad Mini 2 from a French Guianese power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

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

Instructions showing you how to power the iPad Mini 2 from a French Guianese power outlet with the USB Lightning Apple cable and a 3 pin Type D power adapter.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad Mini 2 using the French Guianese power outlet you will need to use a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], typically supplied with your device by Apple.
  2. Start by taking the Type D USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. You can recognise this power supply by the three holes forming a triangle pattern.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Turn on the French Guianese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is charging which should take roughly one to four hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 2 from a French Guianese power outlet

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

Using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a 2 pin Type E power adapter to recharge the iPad Mini 2 from a French Guianese power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad Mini 2 using the French Guianese power outlet you will need to use a Type E USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - this USB cable is normally already included with the device by Apple.
  2. Start by taking the Type E USB power adapter and plugging it in the French Guianese power outlet. This sunken round power supply, sometimes called the CEE 7/7 outlet, can be identified by the two circular adjacent holes where the plug outlet pins slide into along with a long metal grounding pin protruding the top forming a triangle pattern.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Switch on the French Guianese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 2 is charging taking roughly one to four hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPad Mini 2 from a French Guianese power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - French Guiana Wikipedia page
  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, costs £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, estimated price £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, £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, £10-£15.
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced at £10-£15.