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

French Guianese power outlet

What adapter do I need for French Guiana?

You'll need to use a Type D plug adapter [3] for French Guiana if your plug doesn't fit in a French Guianese power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, converter or charger that you'll need 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 do not know what voltage your device can use then please read the section below about 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 it will work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage and your plug fits in a French Guianese power outlet then you can use it in French Guiana.
  • 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]. Please be aware that a plug adapter for French Guiana (or power adapter) only changes the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in French Guiana, but can't change the voltage from 220 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 220 volts and isn't dual voltage you will also need a power converter for French Guiana to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for French Guiana if your power converter doesn't include the correct Type D plug adapter.
  • If you only want to power USB devices such as a tablet or mobile phone then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it should be dual voltage, but make sure that you choose one which includes a Type D plug adapter otherwise you will also need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for French Guiana.
  • Excess use of a mobile phone during a trip could leave you with a flat battery quickly, we suggest bringing a portable charger [4] if you wish to recharge your cellphone battery or other USB powered devices whilst visiting an unknown location.

Warning: If your device won't handle the 220 volts used in French Guiana you run the 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.

French Guiana power adapters

Power adapters for French Guiana

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.

What is the best power adapter for French Guiana?

The best power adapter for French Guiana is a Type D power adapter [3] which is suitable for powering any 220 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for French Guiana?

What is a power adapter for a 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 [5].

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.

Electrical adapters for French Guiana

Travel Power Strips

Travel power strips including adapters

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • Able to charge more than one device or appliance at the same time using only one plug socket, costs under $40 USD (under £40 GBP / under C$45).
  • Certain power strips are able to convert voltage for lower wattage devices such as laptops. Even if the electronic device isn't dual voltage it will still function with a French Guianese power outlet when using just a travel power strip. This will make them a lightweight cheaper substitute for a voltage converter.
  • Normal power strips will also feature a number of USB charging ports.
  • Offers surge protection. Voltage from power outlets in certain areas could be tempremental, a surge in power can damage devices. Some models have a built in surge protector to protect your electronics from being overloaded by an unstable power grid.
  • When you return home it will still work as a power strip.
  • US and Canadian power strips include Type A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N plug adapters so should work in French Guiana. (Note: UK power strips include type B, F, G and I plug adapters so you will need to use it with an additional plug adapter.)

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • Unlike a normal power converter, the conversion on travel power strips doesn't work with higher wattage appliances such as clothes irons and hair dryers.
  • Because of their weight power strips might not be suitable for carrying in hand luggage.
  • A travel power strip could be considered excessive for some travellers only bringing a small number of appliances and devices which need powering.
Power Plug Adapters

An easy to use Type D plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Small and lightweight.
  • Cheapest option, with prices under $15 USD (under £10 GBP / under C$10).
  • Easy to use.
  • Using a Type D plug adapter [3] will be ideal for French Guiana.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • A single plug adapter per appliance - for each appliance you will also need to pack a separate power adapter.
  • This plug adapter only changes the actual shape of the plug to fit in a Type D French Guianese power outlet but doesn't change the actual voltage used in French Guiana, so if your appliance doesn't work with a 220 volt power outlet and isn't dual voltage you'll still need to bring a voltage converter.
  • Accomodation might only have one wall outlet, therefore you will only be capable of charging a single appliance at once.
  • Should you intend on travelling to more than just one country you may need to bring multiple plug adapter types.
  • You'll also still need to pack a separate domestic USB charger as well if you wish to power any USB device.
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A travel USB wall charger

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Ideal if you only have to power USB devices such as mobile phones, tablets and MP3 players.
  • You will only need to pack a single unit instead of carrying multiple domestic power chargers which costs on average under $15 USD (under £15 GBP / under C$20).
  • Supplied with interchangeable heads which means they can be used in a large number of locations. Interchangeable adapter heads supplied with USB wall chargers are usually lightweight and small which makes them easy to store.
  • Most models will include a surge protector built in.
  • When you get back home the charger should still work.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • The interchangeable heads don't include one which is compatible with a French Guianese power outlet - therefore you'll still need to bring a separate power adapter.
  • They only have USB ports so you can't to charge electrical appliances, just USB powered devices.
Universal Travel Power Adapters

All in one universal power adapter

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Straightforward operation.
  • An all in one compact design. Both small and lightweight for under $20 USD (under £20 GBP / under C$30).
  • There are some models which include a surge protector built in, this will prevent any device from being overloaded by an unstable power grid in some countries.
  • The pins retract so won't catch against other items when packed in your baggage.
  • When you return home it will still work as a USB charger.
  • Some models also have multiple USB charging ports built in.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Because universal travel adapters only work with fit A/B, E/F, G and I power outlets the pins don't change shape to fit in a French Guianese power outlet. You need to plug a universal travel adapter into a separate power adapter for a French Guianese power outlet if you want to use universal travel adapter to benefit from surge protection and powering multiple devices from one power outlet.
  • A universal travel power adapter cannot be used with a high power appliance - for example clothes irons, hair straighteners, microwaves, kettles, vacuum cleaners, hair dryers or curling irons.
  • Lacking a built in voltage converter will mean it isn't suitable for devices which aren't 220 volts in French Guiana.
  • Not totally universal, models might not work in certain countries with less popular power outlets.
  • The moving parts such as shutters and pins could be fragile on some models making them prone to jamming when travelling.
  • Universal travel power adapters only provide power to one appliance.
Plug Adapter Sets

A comprehensive plug adapter set

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • With prices roughly between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$20-C$25) a set typically works out cheaper than buying multiple power plug adapters for multiple countries costing over $15 USD (over £5 GBP / almost C$10) each.
  • Covers all plug outlet types and not just a French Guianese power outlet.
  • The most flexible option if you are visiting different countries.
  • Set includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N adapters so will be compatible with a French Guianese power outlet.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Not flexible; you'll have to choose which power adapters they'll need in advance, or alternatively bring each power adapter in the set with you.
  • Lots individual items to pack.
  • The remaining power adapters will be useless and using up packing space.
  • Not every power adapter types are typically included with each set (and especially rarer adapters), so ensure that your set includes one that works in French Guiana.
  • Adapters only alter the actual shape of the plug but doesn't change the actual voltage.
Voltage Converters

Larger voltage converters

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • A power converter will only change the 220 volts in French Guiana and not the shape of the plug to fit in a French Guianese power outlet, you'll still need to bring the correct type of plug adapter for French Guiana.
  • The typical size and weight of most models makes them impractical for packing in carry-on luggage.
  • Redundant after your trip to French Guiana.
  • It is usually much cheaper and more practical to buy a dual voltage travel appliance than to buy an expensive power converter just to bring your existing appliance in an incompatible location.
  • Costly; between $110 to $120 USD (£80-£90 GBP / C$120-C$130).
  • If you plan to travel to French Guiana from America then you will require a voltage converter as the voltage in French Guiana is 220 volts.

Comparison of electrical adapters for French Guiana

Type D Power Plug Adapter
Power Plug Adapter
Universal Travel Power Adapter
Universal Travel Power Adapter
Travel USB Wall Charger
Travel USB Wall Charger
Travel Power Strip
Travel Power Strip
Plug Adapter Set
Plug Adapter Set
Voltage Converter
Voltage Converter
Can be used in French Guiana Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Types of plug included D A/B, E/F, G and I A/B, E/F, G and I A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N B
Compatible number of countries (A) 35+ 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type D French Guianese power outlet Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type D plug adapter required to fit in a French Guianese power outlet Yes Yes Yes
Useful when you return home Yes Yes Yes
Typical combined number of USB ports and AC outlets 1 3 4 7 1 2
Powers USB devices Yes Yes Yes
Typical number of USB ports 0 2 4 4 0 0
Powers a 220 volt AC appliance in French Guiana Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Typical number of AC outlets 1 1 0 3 (B) 2
Converts voltage (?) Yes (C) Yes
Surge protection Yes Yes Yes Yes
Typical dimensions 2.6 x 1.9 x 1.4 inches 3 x 2.1 x 2.1 inches 4.3 x 3.4 x 1.3 inches 6.6 x 3.6 x 1.5 inches 7.1 x 3.9 x 2.8 inches 11.7 x 8.1 x 6.7 inches
Typical weight 4.5 ounces 4 ounces 4.5 ounces 1.6 pounds 13 ounces 20 pounds
Typical number of items to carry (D) 1 1 5 8 12 2
Suitable for hand luggage Yes Yes Yes • (E) • (F)
Estimated price under $15 USD (under £10 GBP / under C$10) between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$25-C$30) between $10 to $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20) between $35 to $40 USD (£35-£40 GBP / C$40-C$45) between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$20-C$25) almost $100 USD (almost £110 GBP / over C$60)
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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 power outlet by 2 holes next to each other.
  • Plug Type D - You can identify this wall outlet by 3 circular holes in a triangular shape for live, neutral and earth pins.
  • Plug Type E - The recessed circular plug socket (called a type E power outlet or CEE 7/7 socket) can be identified by the two large circular adjacent holes with a long metal grounding pin protruding from the top to form a triangular pattern.

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?

A step down power converter will allow you to use a 110 volt appliance in a French Guianese power outlet.

Should I pack a power bank for French Guiana?

USB portable charger

Should I pack a power bank for French Guiana?

It is always advised to pack a portable charger to recharge cell phones and other USB powered devices whilst on a trip.

  • With some people being without a phone can cause anxiety, especially when being relied upon in an unknown location. During a trip to French Guiana increased reliance on cell phones for taking pictures, storing calendars, social network sharing, getting directions and streaming videos could syphon off power towards the end of the day. Beyond just missed photo opportunities this can possibly leave you stranded without sufficient power to make an emergency call or being able to use sat nav to return to your hotel. Using a power bank [4] alleviates those concerns as it means you can power up your cell phone on the move.
  • A 10,000mAh power bank [4] can store enough energy to cover around 3 full charges while a 20,000mAh portable charger [14] should keep an average cell phone charged for roughly seven days depending on the model of phone and usage. The mAh value (or milli ampere-hours) describes the capacity of the battery giving an indication of how many charges the power bank can do.
  • Providing that your laptop supports USB-C charging then a portable charger for a laptop [15] marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies 20Wh or more can be used to recharge your laptop.
  • Please note that some airlines don't allow you bring batteries on an aircraft that supply 100Wh of power or more and must not be kept in the hold.
  • Consumer portable chargers aren't strong enough for high wattage items, although a rechargeable hair dryer [12] or gas hair straighteners [13] are available for travelling.
Do solar powered chargers work in French Guiana?

Solar backpacks are ideal for hot climates

Do solar powered chargers work in French Guiana?

The weather in French Guiana will be suitable enough to recharge solar power bank [17] dependably, however it will need to be exposed to strong daylight to produce enough power for a single charge. This might prove inconvenient to continually unpack a solar power bank and wait for it to recharge in a sunny area.

  • The larger durable solar cells used on a solar backpack [16] will give the backpack the ability to create more electricity within a shorter period of time and could also generate a smaller charge when overcast, making them ideal for the climate in French Guiana.
  • Phones which are plugged directly into a USB port of a solar backpack will gradually recharge the power during sunny spells in French Guiana, however this could prove inconvenient to have it continually connected to the bag if it is to be used frequently. Therefore it is recommended to plug a power bank [4] to a solar backpack which can then be constantly topped up inside the bag during sunlight, afterwards the phone can be recharged from the power bank at any time.
  • Although the sunlight in French Guiana is strong, a bag should ideally have a solar cell efficiency of at least 22%, be able to generate at least 6 watts of power and includes a power bank of 10,000mAH or stronger. The flexible and durable solar cells used in solar powered bags have been made to endure bending and scratches, unlike regular rigid solar cells. They are found in backpack, rucksack and messenger styles which makes them perfect for work, travel and domestic use.

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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 [7]. 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 4 Port USB Wall Charger [7] 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?

  • Normal 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. Rather than bring 4 individual power chargers you only need to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger in order to power up to 4 devices, thereby reducing the weight and size of your luggage.
  • Travel USB chargers include interchangeable plug heads for different power outlet types making them suitable when visiting different countries across South America which are likely to use a different outlet to French Guiana.
  • Good USB travel power chargers are lightweight, compact and rugged - ideal for rigors of travel rather than risking bringing a domestic charger which might be hard to repair in French Guiana.
  • USB chargers will accept both the 220 volts used in French Guiana power outlets along with other voltage standards in other countries.
  • It is possible that some accommodation or hotel bedrooms in French Guiana only have one power outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share the single wall outlet with all your devices instead of waiting to charge one device at a time.
  • Due to their flexible nature they take the worry out of travelling to an unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere in the world.
  • Power outlets found in airports can be scarce and demand for charging multiple devices before a flight can be high, so a USB charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is ideal.
  • Some countries power grids are unstable, a travel USB charger allows for unexpected spikes and will help prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded cell phone or tablet in French Guiana could prove to be inconvenient and costly.
  • More expensive USB chargers should also feature power outlet strips to power low powered devices such as laptops, but be aware these will be unsuitable for high powered domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read the guide on using travel appliances with a French Guianese power outlet for helpful advice on the most suitable power adapter for a high wattage appliances in a French Guianese power outlet.
  • Certain tablets and mobile phones might pull more than the standard 500 mA produced from a standard 5 volt USB power adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Higher priced USB chargers will support fast charging incase some of your devices require additional power.
  • Travel USB chargers can also be useful back at home by recharging multiple cell phones and tablets every night 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?

An expensive and heavy power converter [18] will convert the voltage of 220 volts from a French Guianese power outlet to work with a non-220 volt device, however a more lightweight and smaller power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your appliance to slot into a power outlet in French Guiana.

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 [10] 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 [10].
  • 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 [19].
  • 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 [10] if your appliance or charger doesn't support dual voltage.

What converter do I need for French Guiana?

You need a step down power converter [10] 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 [10] 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.

Substantiations

How we compared products

Typical figures based on top 5 popular electrical adapters for each form-factor from different manufacturers with prices as of October 2018.

  • Power Plug Adapters - Ceptics Grounded Universal Plug Adapter, TESSAN Grounded Universal Travel Power Plug Adapter, Tmvel Universal International Power Adapter Plug, EnriQ Plug Adapter, Ckitze Travel Power Plug Adapter.
  • Universal Travel Power Adapters - BESTEK Universal Travel Adapter, NEWVANGA International Universal All in One Worldwide Travel Adapter, Bluegogo Universal All in One Worldwide Travel Adapter, HAOZI All-in-one International Power Adapter, UROPHYLLA Universal European Adapter Dual Fuses.
  • Trvel USB Wall Chargers - iKits 4-Port USB Wall/International Charger, LENCENT 4 Port USB Travel Adapter, PISEN USB Wall Charger, Anker 27W 4-Port USB Wall Charger PowerPort 4 Lite, USB Plug Travel Charger Adaptor, Turata 4 Port Universal World Wall Charger.
  • Travel Power Strips - BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip, TESSAN 3 Outlet Surge Protector travel Power Strip, Portable Travel Adapter Power Strip Charging Station, GR-8 Power Compact & Slim Travel Charging Station, NTONPOWER Portable Charging Station.
  • Plug Adapter Sets - Ceptics GP-12PK International Travel Worldwide Grounded Universal Plug Adapter Set, Ceptics World Travel Adapter Set - 11 Pack, BESTEK Grounded Universal Plug Set, OREI 7 World Travel Adapter Plug Set, Ceptics Adapter Plug Set for World Wide International Travel Use.
  • Voltage Converters - Power Bright VC2000W Voltage Transformer Step Up/Down converter, LiteFuze LT-3000 3000 Watt Voltage Converter Transformer - Step Up/Down, SEYAS 1000W Auto Step Up & Step Down Voltage Transformer Converter, Rockstone Power 5000 Watt Heavy Duty Step Up/Down Voltage Transformer Converter, KRIEGER 1700 Watt Voltage Transformer Step up/down 120V / 230V AC outlet American European Converter.

Weight, dimensions, number of AC outlets and number of USB powers were all based by calculating and rounding an average figure for each attribute where known.

Key to electrical adapter comparison

  1. Compatible number of countries based on data from the International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs page (cited November 2018).
  2. Assuming only a single plug adapter from the plug adapter set will be used at any one time in a compatible location.
  3. Depending on if the power strip supports voltage conversion for low wattage items. All travel power strips tested do not convert voltage for high wattage appliances.
  4. Including the device itself, any supplied plug heads and power cords.
  5. Some travel power strips featuring less AC outlets may be small and lightweight enough to be suitable for hand luggage.
  6. Number of items if bringing an entire set of plug adapters for use in multiple locations to cover all eventualities (unless bringing only the necessary single plug adapter).

What type of adapter do you need for French Guiana?

Which type of power adapter will I need for French Guiana?

The power converter that is best to bring to French Guiana is dependant on various requirements. Prior to deciding which one to buy we suggest using this checklist:

How many electrical items will you be bringing to French Guiana?

How many electrical devices are you bringing

How many electrical items will you be bringing to French Guiana?

  • Trying counting how many applicances and devices you intended on packing for French Guiana (for example tablets, phones, hair dryers or curling irons).
    • Remember to take into account that you might own more electrical items at a later date. Are you thinking about purchasing a new tablet computer soon?
    • There are an increasing number of rechargeable devices such as electric shavers which use USB for a power charging source, the if you have to buy a new device it could need a USB power adapter so remember to check that your travel adapter has enough spare ports for these as well.
  • Will you be travelling with a partner who might need to recharge their devices too?
Will you only be charging USB devices?

Will you only bring USB devices

Will you only be charging USB devices?

  • If you intend to use USB electronics such as mobile phones or tablets to use in French Guiana then it is recommended to just bring a travel USB wall charger.
  • If you only use a normal power plug adapter you'll still need to pack the USB charger that was supplied with your device too.
What are the different types of electrical items do you need to use?

A USB powered phone

What are the different types of electrical items do you need to use?

  • There are three different types of electrical devices:
    • Low wattage electrical devices that plug into an electrical outlet - for example cameras and laptops.
    • High wattage appliances that plug into an electrical outlet - for example hair dryers and clothes irons.
    • USB powered electrical devices which can be plugged into a USB port - for example mobile phones or tablets.
  • If you only need to take just USB powered devices then a travel USB charger is ideal as you'll only need to bring one compact charger and some appropriate existing USB charging cables rather than needing to pack multiple domestic chargers.
  • Travel power strips are made for providing power and converting voltage for several low wattage devices, however unsuitable for high wattage appliances which need voltage conversion, potentially overloading the travel power strip.

Will your appliances work with a 220 volt power outlet?

Is French Guiana the only place you intend to visit?

How many French Guianese power outlets will be available?

Are multiple outlets available

How many French Guianese power outlets will be available?

  • A hotel might have only a single power outlet on the wall. This may present an inconvenience when recharging the batteries of multiple electronic devices such as cellphones, tablet computers and laptops overnight because you can only charge one device at a time after each device has finished charging.
  • Should you wish to recharge more than one device at the same time then we recommend using either a travel power strip or USB wall charger which can charge multiple USB ports and outlets.

Do you plan to visit anywhere abroad in the future?

What is your budget?

  • A cheap power adapter starts from around under $10 USD (under £15 GBP / under C$45) which powers one device from a French Guianese power outlet (provided that is compatible with 220 volts or is dual voltage), however investing in roughly between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$25-C$30) means you can power more than one device at once and be able to bring them to various different countries.

Would you like to use your charger when returning home?

Are you only bringing hand luggage to French Guiana?

Are you only using hand luggage

Are you only bringing hand luggage to French Guiana?

How long does it take to travel to French Guiana?

How long will it take to fly

How long does it take to travel to French Guiana?

  • If you are embarking on a longer trip to get to French Guiana consider an appropriate charger which is perfect for airports that works in different outlet types, one that can be carried in hand luggage and can be used to quickly power tablets and phones just before an extensive journey.
  • Not all airlines have power outlets so please think about packing a travel portable charger [4] which will recharge on the move. After landing in French Guiana you could need to use your phone for making calls, texts, using sat nav or recalling an itinerary - therefore make sure that your phone has ample charge stored.

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 [20].

Disclaimer

WikiConnections is not responsible for any injury or damage caused due to using any type of suggested product with any other electrical device or appliance in any location, full details are available on the disclaimer page. All functions and capabilities should be checked prior to purchasing or using any power adapter. Assumptions on if any power adapter, charger, converter or power strip works in any location is based on data from publicly available sources and if it fits the primary power outlet used in that country. WikiConnections has not taken into consideration other less common power outlets which might be found as these might only be used in certain areas or in the process of being phased out.

Where possible, WikiConnections only recommends the type of product as being suitable along with alternatives and does not make any endorsement for any specific brand or product. Always check with the manufacturer to ensure full compatibility prior to attempting to use any device. Always check the reputation of the manufacturer and product to ensure the quality and safety of any electrical device being used.

  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, around $10 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$5-C$10).
  4. Portable charger - A power bank is a portable charger which can recharge USB powered devices such as mobile phones and tablets on the go, costs between $30 to $35 USD (around £20 GBP / under C$40).
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  6. Travel power strip - A travel power strip includes surge protectors, AC power outlets, USB ports and swappable plug adapters for use in multiple countries, under $40 USD (£35-£40 GBP / C$40-C$45).
  7. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated price between $10 to $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).
  8. Universal travel power adapter - A typical universal travel power adapter can be used in over 150 different countries for use with appliances and USB devices, between $15 to $20 USD (under £20 GBP / under C$30).
  9. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, priced around $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$20-C$25).
  10. 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, estimated cost between $110 to $120 USD (under £90 GBP / under C$130).
  11. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  12. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered blow dryer suitable for travelling, under $160 USD (£140-£150 GBP / C$460-C$470).
  13. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, costing under $25 USD (£30-£35 GBP / C$40-C$45).
  14. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days, between $35 to $40 USD (under £40 GBP / under C$50).
  15. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, under $130 USD (£100-£110 GBP / C$140-C$150).
  16. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, under $90 USD (£70-£80 GBP / C$270-C$280).
  17. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device, estimated price under $25 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$50-C$60).
  18. 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, between $90 to $100 USD (under £110 GBP / under C$70).
  19. 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, costs between $140 to $150 USD (under £110 GBP / under C$130).
  20. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets