Charging your iPhone 5S from a power outlet in French Guiana

A guide showing how to recharge your iPhone 5S with a French Guianese power outlet with a USB Lightning Apple cable with a three pinned Type D power charger, powering the iPhone 5S using a Type C Europlug power charger and how to charge the iPhone 5S using a Type E USB charger

French Guianese power outlet

Different combinations of voltages and region codes can often be daunting when planning to travel to another country if you've never been there before. However this isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge the iPhone 5S . These guidelines have been specifically written to help assist visitors wanting to power the iPhone 5S when they are going abroad.If staying in French Guiana these useful instructions show how to power your iPhone 5S by using their types D, C or E French Guianese 220 volt 50Hz power outlets. If visiting French Guiana from a different country please make sure your iPhone 5S can accept a 240 volt supply. If your iPhone 5S originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure that the device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional converter to prevent the device from overloading when powering up. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5S.

Charging the iPhone 5S in French Guiana

Can you use the iPhone 5S in French Guiana?

You can connect the iPhone 5S to a French Guianese power outlet by using the correct power convertor.

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

When travelling to multiple countries then the best travel adapter for French Guiana is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [10]. There are three different standards of plug sockets in French Guiana (types D, C and E) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the supplied heads. If your model of iPhone 5S is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times with one of these USB power chargers, and compatibility with more power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other adapters this means you can recharge multiple devices at once without needing to bring individual power adapters on your trip. Only packing a single international travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage as well as being suitable for recharging your iPhone 5S at an airport or on the flight. Because of their versatility these types of power adapters can be used when you return home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets using just a single wall outlet.

If you travel regularly we suggest buying a versatile power charger of this nature online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [10] which has been tested successfully for charging multiple USB devices in numerous 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 5S, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is necessary for visitors of regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both French Guiana 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 most popular portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting French Guiana using 3 pinned type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs. This gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting French Guiana.
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone 5S in French Guiana?

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

Using a USB Lightning Apple cable with a double pinned Type C USB adapter to power the iPhone 5S with a French Guianese power outlet.

  1. To power the iPhone 5S using a French Guianese power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple usually supply the cable when you buy the iPhone 5S).
  2. Begin the process by inserting the Type C USB power adapter into the French Guianese power outlet. The plug supply (sometimes called a Europlug) can be recognised by 2 circular holes adjacent to each other where the twin plug outlet pins sit.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S. You can find the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S situated at the bottom of the iPhone 5S.
  4. Switch on the French Guianese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your cellphone will display a charge icon to indicate that the mobile is recharging, typically taking roughly 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 5S with a French Guianese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

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

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

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 5S using a French Guianese power outlet you'll need to buy a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple typically supply the USB cable with the iPhone 5S).
  2. Begin by inserting the Type D USB power adapter into the French Guianese power outlet. This power outlet, sometimes called the Type D power outlet [6], can be identified by the 3 circular holes forming a triangle shape.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB cable into the bottom of the USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S. The iPhone 5S Lightning connector is situated at bottom of the iPhone 5S under the home button.
  4. Switch on the French Guianese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is charging and takes around 1 - 4 hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 5S with a French Guianese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

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

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

  1. In order to supply power to your iPhone 5S from a French Guianese power outlet you will need to use a Type E USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the USB cable is normally supplied with your device by Apple).
  2. Start by plugging the Type E USB power adapter into the French Guianese power outlet. The circular power supply (sometimes called a CEE 7/7 plug) can be identified by the two large adjacent holes where the pins go along with one long metal earth pin protruding from the top to form a triangular configuration.
  3. Connect one end of the USB charging cord into the bottom of the power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S. The iPhone 5S Lightning connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 5S under the home button.
  4. Turn on the French Guianese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the cellphone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up taking between 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPhone 5S from a French Guianese power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_Guiana - French Guianese Wikipedia web page
  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 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
  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. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters