How to charge the iPhone 4S from a power outlet in French Guiana

Simple instructions showing how to charge the iPhone 4S from a French Guianese power outlet with an Apple 30 pin cable with a Type D power charger, how to recharge the iPhone 4S using a two pinned Type C USB adapter and charging the iPhone 4S using a 2 pinned Type E USB charger

French Guianese power outlet

Different frequencies and region codes can all cause confusion when planning on visiting a foreign country if you've never visited before. This isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your iPhone 4S in French Guiana. These guidelines were written to assist travellers wanting to power the iPhone 4S when abroad.When staying in French Guiana these useful instructions show powering your iPhone 4S using their Type D, C or E French Guianese 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. When visiting French Guiana from another country please ensure that the iPhone 4S can accept a 240v supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) double check your iPhone 4S is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to avoid the device from overloading when powering up. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4S.

Charging the iPhone 4S in French Guiana

Can the iPhone 4S be used in French Guiana?

You can connect the iPhone 4S to a French Guianese power outlet.

What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 4S in French Guiana?

If travelling to multiple countries or bringing along more than just your iPhone 4S the best travel charger for French Guiana is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [10]. 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 4S 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 4S 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 [10] 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 [10] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 4S, 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.
What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 4S in French Guiana?

Charging the iPhone 4S from a French Guianese power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Using the 30 pin Apple connector with a 2 pinned Type C USB adapter to recharge your iPhone 4S from a French Guianese power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 4S from the French Guianese power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple will typically supply this cable when you first purchase your iPhone 4S.
  2. Begin by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it into the French Guianese power outlet. This unearthed wall supply (sometimes known as the Europlug) can be identified by two circular holes adjacent to each other.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple 30 pin cord into the power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 4S. The iPhone 4S dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 4S.
  4. Turn on the French Guianese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone 4S will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 4S is charging which should take around one to four hours to completely recharge.
Charging the iPhone 4S from a French Guianese power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Charging the iPhone 4S from a French Guianese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

Simple instructions showing how to charge the iPhone 4S from a French Guianese power outlet with an Apple 30 pin cable with a Type D power charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 4S using a French Guianese power outlet you will need to buy a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (this cable is usually already supplied with your device).
  2. Plug the Type D USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This power outlet (technically known as a Type D power outlet [6]) looks like three circular holes in a triangle configuration.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 4S. The iPhone 4S dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 4S.
  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.
Charging the iPhone 4S from 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 4S from a French Guianese power outlet

Using an Apple 30 pin cable with a 2 pinned Type E power charger to power your iPhone 4S from a French Guianese power outlet.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone 4S from the French Guianese power outlet you'll need to use a Type E USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - this cable is usually already supplied with your device.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type E USB power adapter in the French Guianese power outlet. The recessed circular power supply can be identified by two 4.8mm adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins slide into and one metal grounding pin protruding from the top to form a triangular shape.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB cord into the mains USB adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 4S. The iPhone 4S dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 4S.
  4. Turn on the French Guianese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 4S will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up, typically taking around 60-240 minutes to recharge.
How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPhone 4S from a French Guianese power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_Guiana - French Guianese country entry on wikipedia.org
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1565/en_US/iphone_user_guide.pdf - Official iPhone user guide
  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 to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music
  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