How to charge the iPhone 3G from a power outlet in French Guiana

A guide on how to recharge the iPhone 3G with a French Guianese power outlet with a 30 pin Apple cable with a Type C power charger, charging the iPhone 3G using a Type D power adapter and powering the iPhone 3G using a Type E USB adapter

French Guianese power outlet

Various standards and plugs can all be confusing when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never visited before. These instructions were written to stop you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 3G abroad.When going to French Guiana this page contains instructions showing how to supply power to your iPhone 3G using the standard Type D, C or E 220 volt 50Hz power outlets. Power supplies will vary regionally so we suggest that you read the WikiConnections global power sockets guide for a full list showing powering devices in different destinations. When you are visiting French Guiana from a different country ensure the iPhone 3G can accept a 240v supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts make sure your device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to avoid the device from overheating when powering up. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 4 or greater on the iPhone 3G.

Charging the iPhone 3G in French Guiana

Can you use the iPhone 3G in French Guiana?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 3G in French Guiana by using a power convertor.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 3G in French Guiana?

If travelling to more than one country and bringing along more than just your iPhone 3G 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 3G 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 3G, 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] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 3G in French Guiana?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a French Guianese power outlet

Using a 30 pin Apple cable with a Type C power adapter to charge the iPhone 3G from a French Guianese power outlet.

  1. To power the iPhone 3G from the French Guianese power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should typically include the cable with your iPhone 3G).
  2. Start by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. The plug outlet can be recognised by the two adjacent holes where the twin plug outlet pins go.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 3G. The iPhone 3G dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 3G.
  4. Switch on the French Guianese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your mobile will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 3G is charging, typically taking around one-four hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a French Guianese power outlet

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

Using a 30 pin Apple cable with a Type D power adapter to charge the iPhone 3G from a French Guianese power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 3G using the French Guianese power outlet you'll need to use 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 3G.
  2. Insert the Type D USB power adapter in the French Guianese power outlet. The wall supply (sometimes called a Type D power outlet [6]) can be recognised by the 3 holes in a triangular pattern.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 3G. The iPhone 3G dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 3G.
  4. Switch on the French Guianese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your mobile will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 3G is charging, typically taking around one-four hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 3G with a French Guianese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a French Guianese power outlet

Using a USB 30-pin cable with a Type E power adapter to charge the iPhone 3G from a French Guianese power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone 3G from 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] (this cable is normally included with the iPhone 3G by Apple).
  2. Begin by taking the Type E USB power adapter and inserting it into the wall outlet. The recessed circular power supply, also known as the Type E power outlet [8] or CEE 7/7 outlet, can be recognised by the two 4.8mm adjacent holes plus a single long metal earth pin protruding the top forming a triangle configuration.
  3. Plug in 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 iPhone 3G. The iPhone 3G dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 3G.
  4. Switch on the French Guianese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your cell will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up, typically taking roughly 1-4 hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a French Guianese power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - French Guiana Wikipedia web page
  2. Apple - official iPhone 3G 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, costing £10-£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, £5-£10.
  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, estimated price £20-£25.
  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, costs £5-£10.
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated price £10-£15.