How to charge the iPad when visiting Kenya

Using the Apple 30-pin cable and a three pin Type G USB charger to recharge the iPad with a Kenyan power outlet.

Kenyan power outlet

Various combinations of standards and voltages can often cause confusion when planning to travel to another country, especially to the first time traveller. This page was written to prevent travellers needing to worry if they can charge their iPad when abroad.When visiting Kenya this page has useful instructions showing how to charge your iPad by using the 240 volt 50Hz G Type Kenyan wall outlet, the Kenyans will use 13 amp plugs for power outlets. Most power supplies will change depending on which area you are travelling to so we suggest reading the Africa page for a complete list of countries. If you are visiting Kenya from a different region please ensure your iPad can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) ensure that your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged whilst powering it. This page details the original iPad first generation, visit the Apple category page for the latest range of Apple iPads. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 5 or greater on the iPad.

Charging the iPad in Kenya

Can the iPad be used in Kenya?

Yes, you can use the iPad in Kenya by using a power convertor.

What is the best travel charger for the iPad in Kenya?

When you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing more than just your iPad the best international travel charger for Kenya is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [6].

As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the heads over. If your iPad supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these types of power adapters, and compatibility with more power demanding devices. Unlike other travel adapters this means you can power more than one device at the same time without needing to buy seperate travel adapters on your Kenyan trip or occupying additional wall sockets. By only needing a single international travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets without using up an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling frequently we suggest buying an adaptable travel adapter similar to this online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Kenya

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unstable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Kenya 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 portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting Kenya.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half 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 perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Kenya.
What is the best travel charger for the iPad in Kenya?

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

Using the Apple 30-pin cable and a three pinned Type G power charger to recharge the iPad with a Kenyan power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPad using a Kenyan power outlet you'll need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple will normally include this cable when you buy the iPad.
  2. Start the process by taking the Type G USB power adapter and inserting it into the Kenyan power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the 3 vertical rectangular slots with shutters forming a triangle shape.
  3. Plug in one end of the cable into the mains USB charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector is found at the base of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the Kenyan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is powering up, typically taking between one to four hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad from a Kenyan power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenya - Wikipedia.org entry about Kenya
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1632/en_US/ipad_ios5_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 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters