French Guiana power adapters - what plugs are used in French Guiana?

French Guianese power outlet

What adapter do I need for French Guiana?

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that's needed when visiting French Guiana all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to power with a French Guianese power outlet. If you're unclear about which voltage your device uses then read the section on how to tell the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • If you're from America visiting French Guiana you will need to bring a power adapter to fit a US plug into a French Guianese power outlet. Because the voltage is different in French Guiana you also need to use a power converter for French Guiana if your device or appliance isn't dual voltage and ensure that your it will work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage and the plug can fit in a French Guianese power outlet then it can work in French Guiana without needing anything else.
  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a French Guianese power outlet then you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for French Guiana such a Type D plug adapter [3]. A plug adapter for French Guiana (or power adapter) is designed to change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in French Guiana, but but is unable to change the voltage from 220 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device can't run on 220 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for French Guiana to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You will still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for French Guiana if your power converter doesn't have the correct Type D plug adapter.
  • If you only want to recharge one or more USB devices such as tablets or mobile phones then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should work with any voltage, however ensure that you choose to bring one which includes a Type D plug adapter otherwise you will also need to pack a suitable plug adapter for French Guiana.

Warning: If your device won't handle 220 volts you run a risk of damage to your device, an electrical fire hazard or blowing a fuse. Prior to using your device in French Guiana read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Background

Differing standards and plugs can often be confusing when planning to visit another country especially for the first time traveller. However 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 electronics in French Guiana. This page has links to instructions showing which power adapters you'll need to supply power to your devices when you're in French Guiana using their standard Type D, C or E French Guianese 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. You will discover power will differ depending on which country you are travelling to therefore we suggest reading the power adapters for a complete list of countries. We suggest referring to the French Guiana Wikipedia page [1] for further information on visiting the area.

French Guiana power adapters

What is the best power adapter for French Guiana?

The best power adapter for French Guiana will be a Type D plug adapter [3] which will allow you to use any 220 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for French Guiana?

What is a power adapter for French Guianese power outlet?

A power adapter is a compact, cheap and lightweight plastic adapter which permits a power plug from another region to easily fit into a French Guianese power outlet.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor [4].

Do I need a plug adapter for French Guiana?

This depends on the location you are travelling from and the shape of plug you want to use in French Guiana.

Do I need a plug adapter for French Guiana if I'm visiting from the US?

If you are visiting from the US then use a power adapter for French Guiana as American plugs won't fit into a French Guianese power outlet, and as the voltage is 220 volts you will also need to use a power converter for French Guiana if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage to prevent overheating or damage.

What does a power adapter for French Guiana do?

A power adapter for French Guiana enables a visitor from a different country to use electronic and electrical devices in French Guiana by altering the shape of the plug to fit the wall socket.

Does a power adapter convert the voltage from a French Guianese power outlet?

No - a power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt French Guianese power outlet and can't convert the power to a higher voltage. Should you need to safely use any 100-120 volt appliance you also need a step down power converter along with the correct power adapter.

French Guiana power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in French Guiana?

Type C, D and E power outlets

What plug sockets are used in French Guiana?

There are three types of power outlets used in French Guiana, types D, C and E with the primary power outlets being type D:

  • Plug Type C - You can recognise the plug socket by the 2 round holes next to each other.
  • Plug Type D - You can identify this wall outlet by 3 holes in a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth pins.
  • Plug Type E - The recessed circular plug socket can be identified by two large circular adjacent holes and one metal grounding pin protruding from the top to form a triangular pattern.

What is the voltage from a French Guianese power outlet?

The normal residential voltage from a French Guianese power outlet is 220 volts.

Do US plugs work in French Guiana?

No; a US plug won't work in French Guiana because it can't fit into a French Guianese power outlet without using a power adapter. The voltage is 220 volts so use a power converter if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage and check that your device or appliance can work with a 50hz power outlet.

Is a French Guianese power outlet the same as the US?

An American plug won't fit in a French Guianese power outlet therefore you will need to bring a plug adapter for French Guiana. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage please use a power converter for French Guiana and check that it works with a 50hz power outlet.

What is the frequency used in French Guiana?

The frequency from a French Guianese power outlet is 50 Hz.

Is the voltage in French Guiana the same as the US?

The voltage from a French Guianese power outlet is 220 volts, however Americans use 120 volts. If your American appliance or power charger doesn't support dual voltage then you will need use a suitable power converter for French Guiana which can change the voltage from 220 volts to 120 volts.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in French Guiana?

Use a step down power converter should you need to use a 110 volt appliance in a French Guianese power outlet.

French Guiana chargers

What is a USB travel power charger?

A USB travel charger is a dual voltage charger with interchangeable plugs and multiple USB ports, suitable for charging multiple USB powered devices when travelling abroad.

What USB charger do I need for French Guiana?

When you are travelling to more than one country the best travel charger for French Guiana is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. There are three different standards of power outlets in French Guiana (types D, C and E) and using a power charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers are supplied 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 supplied heads over. If your model of device supports Fast Charge then you will benefit from quicker charging times with one of these power chargers, and additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a four port charger means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate power chargers on your trip to French Guiana or occupying additional power outlets. By only packing a single lightweight travel charger will keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage as well as being convenient for recharging your devices at the airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple phones, tablets and speakers without needing an additional power outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend searching for an adaptable power charger similar to this at an electronics retailer. The power adapter illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world on a daily basis.

What USB charger do I need for French Guiana?

Why use a travel USB charger for French Guiana?

  • Typically travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, this means that you should only need to bring a single charger to charge all your devices. Instead of bringing 4 separate power chargers it becomes only necessary to pack one 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 individual devices which cuts down on the weight of your luggage.
  • All travel USB power chargers will include swappable plug heads for various countries making them suitable when visiting other countries which will probably use different standards to French Guiana.
  • A good USB power charger is rugged, lightweight and compact; perfect for the rigors of travel instead of than risking bringing along a domestic charger which might be hard to repair in French Guiana.
  • USB chargers will accept the 220 volt power outlets in French Guiana plus different voltage standards across the world.
  • It's possible that some hotel bedrooms or accommodation in French Guiana might only have a single wall outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single power supply with all your devices instead of waiting to charge one device at a time.
  • Due to their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the uncertainty out of visiting any unknown country as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere in the world.
  • Power outlets found in airports can be sparse and the demand for charging multiple cell phones from other passengers during departure can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is ideal.
  • Some countries power grids are unstable, a travel charger allows for unexpected fluctuations and prevents damage to any devices connected to it. Trying to repair an overloaded mobile phone or tablet in French Guiana could prove to be difficult and costly.
  • Premium USB travel chargers will also include a power outlet strip to allow you to use low powered devices such as laptops, but these are unsuitable for high wattage appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Refer to the guide on using travel appliances with a French Guianese power outlet for helpful guidelines and advice on the most suitable power adapter for using a high powered devices with a French Guianese power outlet.
  • Certain mobile phones could require more than the normal 500 mA (milliamps) produced from a standard 5 volt USB power adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging should any of your devices draw additional power.
  • On back at home travel USB chargers can also be useful by charging multiple cellphones and tablets on a daily basis using only a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for French Guiana?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of regions with unstable power grids. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 North America going to French Guiana.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs and gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more generous 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting French Guiana.

Power converters for French Guiana

What is a power converter?

A power converter for French Guiana allows you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electrical appliance with a 220 volt French Guianese power outlet.

Also known as: electrical converter, electrical transformer, voltage converter, power transformer or voltage transformer.

What is the difference between a power adapter and a power converter?

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter [7] (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your appliance to slot into a power outlet in French Guiana, whereas a heavy and bulkier power converter [8] transforms a 220 volt French Guianese power outlet to work with a non-220 volt device.

Do I need a power converter for French Guiana?

When you are visiting French Guiana from a different country check your device will accept a 220 volt power supply.

  • You need a step down power converter [9] if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance won't support 220 volts. Read our WikiConnections list of world power outlets page to see the voltage is used in your country.
  • You don't need a power converter if you already use either a single voltage device that works with 220 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Devices designed to work with a lower voltage such as 120 volts and then used with 220 volts run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device unless you use a step down power converter [9].
  • You don't need a converter if you wish to power a smaller electrical device such as a tablet or cell phone as these are normally designed for international use and dual voltage, but always always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • When powering high wattage appliances or generate heat (such as clothes irons and hair dryers) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter [10].
  • It will be more cost effective to use a robust lightweight dual voltage travel appliance than paying for a heavier power converter just to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read these comprehensive guides on using curling wands, clothes irons, hairdryers and flat irons in French Guiana which includes recommendations for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Do I need a power converter if I'm visiting French Guiana from America?

The 220 volts found in a wall outlet in French Guiana is different to a US supply, therefore please bring a step down power converter [9] if your appliance or charger doesn't support dual voltage.

What converter do I need for French Guiana?

You need to buy a step down power converter [9] to use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance in a 220 volt French Guianese power outlet.

What is the difference between a converter and a transformer?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a converter and a transformer?

Converters and transformers are both used to change one voltage to another, but this ambiguity can cause confusion as their purposes are different:

  • Power converters are designed for simple electrical appliances which typically generate heat or use motors such as clothes irons, shavers or hair dryers. Transformers are designed for more complex electronic items such as televisions or games consoles.
  • Buying a power converter is cheaper than buying a power transformer.
  • Power transformers are larger and heavier making them more suited for permanent residential use; for example an expat wishing to use an imported television would need to use a transformer for this purpose.
  • Power converters are more suitable for travellers wishing to bring domestic appliances abroad such as hair dryers or flat irons. However, it is more practical and cost effective to purchase a dual voltage appliance designed for travel rather than a heavier power converter.
  • Power converters are suitable for 2 pin ungrounded appliances, it could be harder to find a converter if you want to use a grounded 3 pin appliance.
  • Transformers can be used constantly however it is recommended that converters are used for no longer than a couple of hours at a time.
  • Shops may sell transformers under the name of converters, for the purposes this guide we will be referring to both converters and transformers as converters.

How to convert 220 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [9] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 220 volt French Guianese power outlet.
  2. If the power converter doesn't include the correct shaped plug then it will also be necessary to plug in the power cord from the power converter into a power adapter for French Guiana before plugging that into a French Guianese power outlet.
  3. Some power converters include the ability to perform both step up and step down voltage conversions, therefore it may be necessary to manually switch the converter to output the voltage to the 110-120 volt range.
  4. Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 110-120 volt appliance can now be used with a 220 volt French Guianese power outlet.

What voltage is used in French Guiana?

French Guiana uses 220 volts in their standard power outlets.

How can you tell if you have a dual voltage appliance?

Dual voltage hair dryer

How can you tell if you have a dual voltage appliance?

The way to tell if your device is either single or dual voltage is to look for numbers printed on the power plug or on the unit itself, typically on the rear or near to where the power cord sits. This location might depend on the make and model of your device, it should also be written on the box or in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 240V.
  • Single voltage devices could also have a small voltage range (20 volts difference) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 220-240V.
  • Dual voltage devices will normally say a larger range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V.

What can I connect to a French Guianese power outlet?

Travel appliances which can connect to a French Guianese power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a French Guianese power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a French Guianese power outlet

Mobile phones that can be connected to a French Guianese power outlet

Apple iPhones that can be connected to a French Guianese power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a French Guianese power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a French Guianese power outlet

A list of Apple iPads which are compatible with a French Guianese power outlet

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting French Guiana, if you wish to contribute any useful information or feedback please email travel@wikiconnections.org. For more comprehensive technical details visit the Wikipedia page on AC power plugs and sockets [11].

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_Guiana - wikipedia.org page about French Guiana.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type D plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type D power outlets without converting voltage.
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  6. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  7. https://www.amazon.com/Ceptics-GP-12PK-International-Worldwide-Universal/dp/B01DJEBLQU/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=CFDDSXZJ59CH648AVQ0H&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=b865b6ca5e535d710bf1e1b3a790f622 - power adapter
  8. Power converter - A step up step down power converter converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts.
  9. Step down power converter - A step down power converter allows a 100-120 volt appliance to be used in a 220-240 volt power outlet.
  10. Heavy duty power converter - A 5000 watt heavy duty step up and step down power converter used to convert voltages for domestic appliances, power tools, televisions, heating appliances and motors.
  11. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets