Charging the iPad 3 when staying in Kenya

Using the 30-pin Apple connector with a Type G USB charger to power the iPad 3 with a Kenyan power outlet.

Kenyan power outlet

Various combinations of frequencies and standards can all be confusing when planning on staying in a foreign country especially if you've never visited before. This guide was written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPad 3 abroad.When you are going to Kenya this page contains instructions showing you how to charge your iPad 3 by using a 240 volt 50Hz Type G Kenyan power outlet, the Kenyans will use a 13 amp plug for power outlets. If you are travelling to Kenya from a different country please ensure your iPad 3 can accept a 240 volt supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts double check your iPad 3 is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to stop the device from overloading during charging. If you plan on visiting destinations like Nairobi or Diani Beach read the wikipedia page about Kenya [1] for more indepth details on travelling to the location. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 3.

Charging the iPad 3 in Kenya

Can you use the iPad 3 in Kenya?

You can connect the iPad 3 to a Kenyan power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad 3 in Kenya?

If travelling to multiple countries and bringing more than just your iPad 3 the best international travel charger for Kenya to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by switching the supplied heads. If your type of iPad 3 supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these types of power adapters plus additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other adapters having a 4 port charger means you can charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack multiple travel chargers. By only needing a single international travel charger will keep the overall size down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage while travelling. Due to their space saving versatility these types of adapters can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple phones, tablets and e-readers without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend searching for a flexible power adapter of this nature online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign 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 recharge devices using USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which is necessary for visitors of regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 best selling portable option for travellers originating from America going to Kenya using type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a flexible 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Kenya.
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad 3 in Kenya?

Charging the iPad 3 from a Kenyan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

A step by step guide showing how to recharge your iPad 3 with a Kenyan power outlet with a USB 30 pin Apple cable with a three pinned Type G power charger.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad 3 from the Kenyan power outlet you will need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (usually already included with the iPad 3).
  2. Firstly plug the Type G USB power adapter in the power supply. This plug supply (called the Type G power outlet [3]) can be identified by the three holes with shutters forming a triangle shape.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple cord into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector can be found at the base of the iPad 3.
  4. Switch on the Kenyan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up and takes roughly 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge.
Charging the iPad 3 from a Kenyan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenya - wikipedia page about Kenya
  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 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