Charging your iPad Mini 4 from a power outlet in French Guiana

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPad Mini 4 with a French Guianese power outlet using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type E USB charger, powering the iPad Mini 4 using a two pin Type C USB plug and how to power the iPad Mini 4 using a 3 pin Type D USB charger

French Guianese power outlet

Various combinations of region codes and sockets can often be daunting when planning to visit a new country, especially if you've never been there before. These guidelines were specifically written to prevent travellers worrying if they'll be able to charge the iPad Mini 4 when staying in French Guiana.The following guide tells you exactly what you'll need to charge the iPad Mini 4 when you're travelling to French Guiana using the Type D, C or E French Guianese 220 volt 50Hz power outlets. If you are visiting French Guiana from another country ensure your iPad Mini 4 can accept a 240 volt supply. If your iPad Mini 4 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts check that your iPad Mini 4 is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to avoid the device from overloading whilst powering it. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 9 or greater on the iPad Mini 4.

Charging the iPad Mini 4 in French Guiana

Can the iPad Mini 4 be used in French Guiana?

Yes, you can connect the iPad Mini 4 to a French Guianese power outlet.

What is the best power adapter for the iPad Mini 4 in French Guiana?

When you are travelling to more than one country or bringing along more than your iPad Mini 4 then the best travel power adapter for French Guiana is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. French Guianese use three different types of power outlets (types D, C and E) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world just by switching the included plugs. If your iPad Mini 4 can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these travel chargers, plus additional support for certain power hungry devices.

Unlike other adapters this means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power chargers or occupying additional wall sockets. Because you are only needing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage and on hand for recharging your iPad Mini 4 at an airport or on your flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets with just a single wall outlet.

We recommend buying a versatile power adapter like this at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for French Guiana

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 option for travellers originating from America going to French Guiana.
  • 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 from America using type B plugs and offers the same set of features as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for almost half the 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting French Guiana. [10] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for the iPad Mini 4 in French Guiana?

Powering the iPad Mini 4 with a French Guianese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

A guide showing how to power the iPad Mini 4 from a French Guianese power outlet by using a Lightning cable and a 2 pin Type C USB adapter.

  1. If you want to power your iPad Mini 4 using the French Guianese power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the USB cable is normally already included with the device by Apple).
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it in the wall supply. This ungrounded power outlet, also known as a Europlug, can be recognised by 2 round adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the mains USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 4. The iPad Mini 4 lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Mini 4.
  4. Turn on the French Guianese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad Mini 4 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 4 is powering up and takes around 60 to 300 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad Mini 4 with a French Guianese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Powering the iPad Mini 4 with a French Guianese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

Using a Lightning connector with a 3 pin Type D power adapter to power the iPad Mini 4 with a French Guianese power outlet.

  1. To charge your iPad Mini 4 using the French Guianese power outlet you will need to use a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (typically already included with the device by Apple).
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type D USB power adapter into the power supply. The wall outlet, sometimes known as the Type D power outlet [6], can be identified by the three holes forming a triangle pattern for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB power cable into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 4. The iPad Mini 4 lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad Mini 4.
  4. Turn on the French Guianese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 4 is powering up taking roughly 60 to 300 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPad Mini 4 with a French Guianese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

Charging the iPad Mini 4 from a French Guianese power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPad Mini 4 with a French Guianese power outlet using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type E USB charger.

  1. To charge the iPad Mini 4 from a French Guianese power outlet you will need to buy a Type E USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - this USB cable is normally already included with the iPad Mini 4.
  2. Start by plugging the Type E USB power adapter into the French Guianese power outlet. The circular wall outlet can be recognised by the two 4.8mm holes 19mm adjacent to each other where the live and neutral pins slide into plus one long metal grounding pin protruding in the top in a triangular configuration.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the mains USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 4. The iPad Mini 4 lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Mini 4.
  4. Turn on the French Guianese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad Mini 4 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Mini 4 is powering up and takes around 60 to 300 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPad Mini 4 from a French Guianese power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - French Guianese country page on Wikipedia
  2. Apple - iPad Mini 4 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, between $10 to $15 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).
  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 between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / under C$15).
  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 at under $15 USD (£20-£25 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  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, under $15 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, between $15 to $20 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).