How to charge the iPhone 5 from a power outlet in French Guiana

Instructions on how to power your iPhone 5 from a French Guianese power outlet with a USB Lightning connector and a Type C power adapter, how to recharge the iPhone 5 using a three pin Type D USB adapter and charging the iPhone 5 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 staying in another country especially if you've never visited before. This guide was specifically written to stop you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 5 when abroad.If you're visiting French Guiana this page contains useful instructions showing you how to charge your iPhone 5 using their D, C or E type 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets. When you are visiting French Guiana from a different region please ensure the iPhone 5 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check 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 being damaged whilst powering it. If you plan on visiting a French Guianese destination like Cayenne we suggest referring to the French Guianese entry on Wikipedia [1] for more indepth details on visiting the area. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5.

Charging the iPhone 5 in French Guiana

Can the iPhone 5 be used in French Guiana?

You can connect the iPhone 5 to a French Guianese power outlet.

What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 5 in French Guiana?

If travelling to multiple countries or bringing along more than just your iPhone 5 the best travel charger for French Guiana is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible 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.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your iPhone 5 is compatible with Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these power chargers and additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other chargers having a four port charger will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate power chargers on your trip to French Guiana. Because you are only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage as well as being on hand for charging your iPhone 5 at the airport or on the plane. Because of their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers without needing an additional power outlet.

We suggest buying this type of flexible power adapter at your preferred electronics retailer. The power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world.

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 5, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power adapters come 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 most popular compact option for travellers originating from America visiting French Guiana.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at 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 most travellers from around the world visiting French Guiana. [10] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 5 in French Guiana?

Powering the iPhone 5 with a French Guianese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Using the Lightning Apple connector and a double pin Type C Europlug USB adapter to charge the iPhone 5 from a French Guianese power outlet.

  1. In order to charge your iPhone 5 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 should usually supply this cable with your iPhone 5.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it into the power outlet. This wall supply can be identified by two round adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins go.
  3. Connect the USB end of the power cable into the power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 Lightning connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 5 under the home button.
  4. Switch on the French Guianese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up, typically taking around 60-240 minutes to recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5 with a French Guianese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Powering the iPhone 5 with a French Guianese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

Using the Lightning Apple connector and a three pinned Type D USB adapter to charge the iPhone 5 with a French Guianese power outlet.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone 5 using a French Guianese power outlet you will need a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the cable is usually already supplied with the device).
  2. First insert the Type D USB power adapter into the wall outlet. This wall supply (technically known as the Type D power outlet [6]) looks like three round holes forming a triangle configuration.
  3. Connect one end of the USB cord into the mains USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5. You can find the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5 found at the bottom of your iPhone 5.
  4. Switch on the French Guianese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your phone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is recharging and takes between one-four hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 5 with a French Guianese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

Charging the iPhone 5 from a French Guianese power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

Using an Apple Lightning cable with a 2 pinned Type E power charger to power your iPhone 5 from a French Guianese power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 5 using a French Guianese power outlet you will need to buy a Type E USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple normally include this cable when you first purchase the iPhone 5).
  2. Plug in the Type E USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This sunken circular plug outlet (called the CEE 7/7 plug) can be identified by two large circular holes 19mm adjacent to each other plus a metal earth pin protruding in the top forming a triangular pattern.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 Lightning connector is situated at bottom of your iPhone 5 under the home button.
  4. Turn on the French Guianese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 5 is charging which should take around 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge.
Charging the iPhone 5 from a French Guianese power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - French Guianese entry on Wikipedia
  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, £5-£10.
  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, £10-£15.
  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 cost £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, costs around £5.
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated price around £10.