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

Instructions on how to power your iPhone 5C from a French Guianese power outlet by using the Apple Lightning cable and a double pin Type E USB adapter, recharging the iPhone 5C using a double pin Type C Europlug USB charger and how to recharge the iPhone 5C using a three pinned Type D USB charger

French Guianese power outlet

Different combinations of standards and sockets can all be confusing when planning to visit 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 5C abroad.When going to French Guiana this page contains instructions showing how to charge your iPhone 5C using the standard types D, C or E 220 volt 50Hz power outlets. You'll discover power supplies vary regionally so please read the power supplies page for a complete list of countries. If visiting French Guiana from a different country check that the iPhone 5C can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) ensure that the iPhone 5C is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to prevent the device from over-heating when powering up. If you plan on travelling to a place like Cayenne please refer to the French Guiana Wikipedia page [1] for further details prior to the area. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5C.

Charging the iPhone 5C in French Guiana

Can the iPhone 5C be used in French Guiana?

You can use the iPhone 5C in French Guiana by using the correct power adaptor.

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

If you are travelling to more than one country 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. There are three different standards of plug sockets that French Guianese use (types D, C and E) and using a travel charger like this will ensure 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 over. If your model of iPhone 5C 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 hungry devices. Unlike other adapters having a 4 port adapter means you can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple travel chargers for your trip. Only packing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling. 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 phones, tablets and e-readers without needing an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling often we recommend searching for a flexible travel adapter like this online, the multipurpose power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous 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 any country who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 5C, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of regions with unstable power supplies. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover 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 portable power converter 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 Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at 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 most travellers from around the world visiting French Guiana. [10] [AD]
What is the best power charger for the iPhone 5C in French Guiana?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 5C from a French Guianese power outlet

Using a Lightning Apple connector with a 2 pinned Type C power charger to charge the iPhone 5C with a French Guianese power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone 5C from 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 normally include the cable with your iPhone 5C).
  2. Start by inserting the Type C USB power adapter into the power outlet. This plug outlet can be recognised by the two round holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB Lightning power cord into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5C. The iPhone 5C Lightning connector is situated at bottom of the iPhone 5C under the home button.
  4. Turn on the French Guianese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the mobile screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is recharging and takes roughly 60 to 240 minutes to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 5C from a French Guianese power outlet

How to use a Type D power charger for charging your iPhone 5C from a French Guianese power outlet

A page on how to recharge the iPhone 5C with a French Guianese power outlet with a USB Lightning Apple connector and a 3 pinned Type D power charger.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone 5C 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 normally included with the iPhone 5C by Apple).
  2. Start by taking the Type D USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. You can recognise the plug outlet by 3 round holes forming a triangular configuration for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the mains power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5C. You can find the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5C situated at the bottom of your iPhone 5C.
  4. Switch on the French Guianese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your iPhone 5C will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is powering up which takes roughly 1-4 hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type D power charger for charging your iPhone 5C from a French Guianese power outlet

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

Using the Apple Lightning cable with a Type E USB adapter to recharge your iPhone 5C from a French Guianese power outlet.

  1. In order to charge your iPhone 5C 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] (normally supplied with the iPhone 5C).
  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 where the live and neutral plug outlet pins go with a single long metal earth pin protruding in the top to form a triangular configuration.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Apple Lightning charging cord into the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5C. The iPhone 5C Lightning connector is situated at bottom of the iPhone 5C under the home button.
  4. Turn on the French Guianese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your phone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 5C is recharging which typically takes around 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPhone 5C from a French Guianese power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

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