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 your 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.

Warning: If your device won't handle the 220 volts used in French Guiana you run the potential risk of a blown fuse, damage to your device or even an electrical fire hazard. 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 [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.

Do US plugs work in French Guiana?

No - an American plug won't work in French Guiana because it won't fit into a French Guianese power outlet without using a power adapter. The voltage is 220 volts so you need to use a power converter if your device or appliance isn't dual voltage and check that your 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.

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?

  • 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 [7] 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 [8] 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 [8].
  • 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 [9].
  • 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 [8] 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 [8] 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 [8] 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 [10].

  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. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets