How to charge your iPad Air 2 from a power outlet in Kenya

How to connect a Kenyan power outlet to an iPad Air 2

Kenyan power outlet

When planning a vacation to Kenya it's helpful to know in advance if you can charge your common devices when you're there. But, without knowing which power socket is being used you are more likely to bring the wrong power charger, meaning having to buy or borrow a potentially expensive power adaptor when you're there that might not be compatible. Varying different combinations of frequencies and standards can often be confusing when planning on travelling to another country especially if you've never visited before. This guide has been written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPad Air 2 when you're in Kenya.When you're travelling to Kenya these useful instructions show powering your iPad Air 2 by using the standard 240 volt 50Hz Type G power outlet, the Kenyans will use a 13 amp plug for charging. You will discover power sockets change regionally so please read the power supplies list for a complete list of countries. If travelling to Kenya from a different region double check your iPad Air 2 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure that the iPad Air 2 is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to avoid the device from being damaged during charging. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on an iPad Air 2.

Charging an iPad Air 2 in Kenya

Can the iPad Air 2 be used in Kenya?

You can connect an iPad Air 2 to a Kenyan power outlet.

What is the best travel adapter for an iPad Air 2 in Kenya?

If travelling with more than your iPad Air 2 or visiting multiple countries then the best travel charger for Kenya to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the supplied heads over. If your iPad Air 2 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of USB power chargers and additional compatibility with more power demanding devices. Unlike other travel adapters having a 4 port charger means you can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple travel chargers for your trip. Because you are only needing to pack a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage and suitable for recharging your iPad Air 2 at an airport or on a plane. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of adapters can be used back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and speakers and using only a single plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we suggest buying a versatile travel charger similar to this online, the power charger illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Kenya

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices via USB, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary for visitors of regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Kenya and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power adapter for travellers originating from America visiting Kenya using 3 pin type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs. This gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half 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 Kenya.
What is the best travel adapter for an iPad Air 2 in Kenya?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad Air 2 from a Kenyan power outlet

Using a Lightning cable with a Type G power adapter to charge an iPad Air 2 from a Kenyan power outlet.

  1. If you want to power the iPad Air 2 from a Kenyan power outlet you will need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple should usually include the USB cable when you purchase the iPad Air 2.
  2. Begin by taking the Type G USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by 3 vertical rectangular holes in a triangular pattern.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Apple USB Lightning power cord into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on an iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Air 2.
  4. Turn on the Kenyan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad Air 2 will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up which should take between 1-4 hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad Air 2 from a Kenyan power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenya - Kenya entry on wikipedia.org
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1595/en_US/ipad_user_guide.pdf - Official iPad user guide
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeG.htm - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - Provides power from a type G mains power supply
  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
  6. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters