How to charge the iPhone 3GS from a power outlet in French Guiana

Instructions showing you how to recharge the iPhone 3GS from a French Guianese power outlet with an Apple 30-pin cable and a Type D power charger, recharging the iPhone 3GS using a two pinned Type C USB adapter and charging the iPhone 3GS using a 2 pinned Type E USB charger

French Guianese power outlet

Complicated region codes and plug types can all be daunting when planning to stay in a different country to 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 in the world this guide shows exactly what to pick up in advance to charge your iPhone 3GS in French Guiana. These instructions were written to stop visitors needing to worry if they can power the iPhone 3GS abroad.When going to French Guiana the following instructions show charging your iPhone 3GS using the standard types D, C or E French Guianese 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. If travelling to French Guiana from another country please make sure your iPhone 3GS can be used with a 240v supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v make sure the iPhone 3GS is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to stop the device from overheating when charging it. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in French Guiana

Can the iPhone 3GS be used in French Guiana?

You can connect the iPhone 3GS to a French Guianese power outlet.

What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 3GS in French Guiana?

If travelling to multiple countries or bringing along more than just your iPhone 3GS the best travel charger for French Guiana is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. 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 3GS 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 3GS 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 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 is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 3GS, 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. [10] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 3GS in French Guiana?

Powering the iPhone 3GS with a French Guianese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Using the 30 pin Apple connector with a 2 pinned Type C USB adapter to recharge your iPhone 3GS from a French Guianese power outlet.

  1. In order to charge your iPhone 3GS using a French Guianese power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple should usually supply this cable with your iPhone 3GS.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it into the power outlet. This wall supply can be identified by two round adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins go.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB cord into the USB adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 3GS. The iPhone 3GS dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 3GS.
  4. Turn on the French Guianese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 3GS will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up, typically taking around 60-240 minutes to recharge.
Powering the iPhone 3GS with a French Guianese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a French Guianese power outlet

Instructions showing you how to recharge the iPhone 3GS from a French Guianese power outlet with an Apple 30-pin cable and a Type D power charger.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone 3GS using the French Guianese power outlet you'll need to use a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will typically supply this cable with your iPhone 3GS).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type D USB power adapter in the French Guianese power outlet. You can recognise the plug outlet by the 3 holes in a triangle configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 3GS. The iPhone 3GS dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 3GS.
  4. Turn on the French Guianese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your cell will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 3GS is recharging and takes roughly 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a French Guianese power outlet

Charging the iPhone 3GS from a French Guianese power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

Using an Apple 30 pin cable with a Type E power charger to power your iPhone 3GS from a French Guianese power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 3GS from the French Guianese power outlet you will need a Type E USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple will typically supply this cable when you first purchase your iPhone 3GS.
  2. Begin by taking the Type E USB power adapter and inserting it into the French Guianese power outlet. You can recognise the plug outlet by two adjacent holes next to each other with a long metal grounding pin protruding from the top in a triangle configuration.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 3GS. The iPhone 3GS dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 3GS.
  4. Switch on the French Guianese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the mobile screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up which should take roughly 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPhone 3GS from a French Guianese power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia entry about French Guiana
  2. Apple - official iPhone 3GS 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, estimated price between $10 to $15 USD (under £10 GBP / under C$20).
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, estimated cost between $5 to $10 USD (around £5 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, between $10 to $15 USD (under £25 GBP / under 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, priced 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, estimated cost between $15 to $20 USD (under £15 GBP / under C$20).