How to charge a Samsung Galaxy S4 when visiting French Guiana

Using type B Micro USB connector with a three pin Type D USB charger to power a Samsung Galaxy S4 with a French Guianese power outlet, powering a Samsung Galaxy S4 using a double pinned Europlug Type C power charger and charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 using a double pin Type E USB plug

French Guianese power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of region codes and plug types can all be daunting when planning on staying in a foreign country especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of sockets being used in the world this guide tells you exactly what to purchase in advance to charge the Samsung Galaxy S4 . These guidelines have been written to help prepare visitors wanting to power the Samsung Galaxy S4 abroad.If you are staying in French Guiana these useful instructions show how to power your Samsung Galaxy S4 by using the D, C or E type French Guianese 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. When travelling to French Guiana from another country check that the Samsung Galaxy S4 can accept a 240v supply. If your Samsung Galaxy S4 came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure that the device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to stop the device from being damaged during charging.

We recommend referring to the Samsung Galaxy S4 instruction manual [2] for further details on the operation of the mobile phone and visit the Galaxy page for more phones in the Samsung Galaxy range which can connect to the French Guianese power outlet.

Charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 in French Guiana

Can the Samsung Galaxy S4 be used in French Guiana?

Yes, you can use a Samsung Galaxy S4 in French Guiana.

What is the best power charger for recharging a Samsung Galaxy S4 in French Guiana?

When travelling with more than your Samsung Galaxy S4 the best travel power adapter for French Guiana is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [10]. There are three standards of power outlets that French Guianese use (D, C and E) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the supplied heads. If your type of Samsung Galaxy S4 supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these types of USB power chargers, and support for more power hungry devices. Unlike other travel chargers this means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to pack multiple travel chargers. Only bringing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of chargers can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without using up an additional power outlet.

For those travelling on a regular basis we suggest buying a multipurpose travel adapter similar to this at your preferred electronics retailer; the multipurpose power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [10] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for French Guiana

The 4 port USB travel charger [10] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S4, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of counties with unstable power grids. These travel 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 adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power adapter for travellers originating from America going to French Guiana using type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 wide range of travellers from around the world visiting French Guiana.
What is the best power charger for recharging a Samsung Galaxy S4 in French Guiana?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a French Guianese power outlet

Using Type B USB micro cord with a Type C Europlug USB charger to power a Samsung Galaxy S4 with a French Guianese power outlet.

  1. To charge your Samsung Galaxy S4 using a French Guianese power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Begin by inserting the Type C USB power adapter into the French Guianese power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by two round adjacent holes next to each other.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB micro Type B connector into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the multipurpose jack on a Samsung Galaxy S4. You will find the USB Micro connector on the bottom of the phone found underneath the Home button.
  4. Turn on the French Guianese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears at the top corner of the Samsung Galaxy S4 will display a charging icon with to indicate that the device is charging.
  6. If you are using the Samsung Galaxy while charging it will take longer to fully charge the battery.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a French Guianese power outlet

Charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 from a French Guianese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

Using Type B Micro USB connector with a three pin Type D USB charger to power a Samsung Galaxy S4 with a French Guianese power outlet.

  1. To power the Samsung Galaxy S4 using a French Guianese power outlet you'll need to use a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Begin by plugging the Type D USB power adapter in the French Guianese power outlet. The wall supply (known as the Type D power outlet [6]) can be identified by the three circular holes in a triangular pattern for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the multipurpose jack on a Samsung Galaxy S4. You can find the USB Micro connector on the foot of the Samsung Galaxy S4 situated underneath the Home button.
  4. Switch on the French Guianese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top corner of the Samsung Galaxy S4 screen will display a charge icon with to indicate that the device is charging.
  6. If you are using the Samsung Galaxy S4 while charging it may take longer to fully recharge the battery.
Charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 from a French Guianese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

Powering a Samsung Galaxy S4 with a French Guianese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

Using type B USB cable with a three pin Type E USB charger to recharge a Samsung Galaxy S4 from a French Guianese power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the Samsung Galaxy S4 from a French Guianese power outlet you will need to use a Type E USB power adapter [9] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Start by taking the Type E USB power adapter and inserting it in the power outlet. The sunken round power outlet, also called the Type E power outlet [8], can be recognised by two 4.8mm holes 19mm adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins and a long metal earth pin protruding the top in a triangular pattern.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the USB adapter and the other end into the multipurpose jack on a Samsung Galaxy S4. You can find the multipurpose jack on the foot of the Samsung Galaxy situated below the Home button.
  4. Switch on the French Guianese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found in the top corner of the Samsung Galaxy S4 display will display a charge icon with to indicate that the device is charging.
  6. If you are using the mobile while charging it may take longer to fully recharge the battery.
Powering a Samsung Galaxy S4 with a French Guianese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_Guiana - French Guiana Wikipedia web page
  2. http://downloadcenter.samsung.com/content/UM/201304/20130430133529298/GT-I9505_UM_EU_Jellybean_Eng_Rev.1.1_130426.pdf - Samsung Galaxy S4 instruction manual
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet
  5. USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable - Used to connect USB devices which have a USB Mini-B port to computers, power supplies and other devices
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeD.htm - Type D power outlet
  7. Type D USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type D mains power outlet
  8. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeE.htm - Type E power outlet
  9. Type E USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type E mains power outlet
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters