How to charge the iPad 4 when planning a trip to Kenya

Using a USB Lightning Apple connector and a Type G power charger to charge the iPad 4 from a Kenyan power outlet.

Kenyan power outlet

Varying different combinations of voltages and standards can all be daunting when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never visited before. These guidelines have been written to prevent travellers needing to worry if they can power their iPad 4 abroad.This page is a simple guide telling you exactly how to supply power to your iPad 4 when you are in Kenya by using a 240 volt 50Hz G Type Kenyan wall outlet, the Kenyans will use 13 amp plugs for power outlets. When visiting Kenya from another country please double check your iPad 4 can accept a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) ensure that the device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to stop the device from overloading whilst powering it. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 4.

Charging the iPad 4 in Kenya

Can you use the iPad 4 in Kenya?

Yes, you can connect the iPad 4 to a Kenyan power outlet.

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad 4 in Kenya?

When you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing more than just your iPad 4 the best travel power adapter for Kenya is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the heads over. If your iPad 4 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these USB travel chargers and additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices.

Unlike other travel chargers this will also allow you to power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring individual power chargers. Because you are only needing to bring a single lightweight travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage as well as being convenient for recharging your iPad 4 at the airport or on a plane. Because of their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple phones and tablets without using up an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling regularly we recommend buying this type of flexible travel adapter at an electronics retailer; the multipurpose power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Kenya

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unreliable power supplies. These power 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 travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Kenya using type B American 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 and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for 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 majority of travellers from around the world visiting Kenya. [6] [AD]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad 4 in Kenya?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from a Kenyan power outlet

A guide on how to charge the iPad 4 from a Kenyan power outlet with a Lightning cable and a three pin Type G USB charger.

  1. If you want to charge the iPad 4 using a Kenyan power outlet you will need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (typically already supplied with your device by Apple).
  2. Begin by taking the Type G USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by three vertical rectangular slots with shutters forming a triangle configuration.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad 4.
  4. Turn on the Kenyan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad 4 is powering up, typically taking roughly 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from a Kenyan power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia page about Kenya
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - A Type G USB charger has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin, estimated cost between $10 to $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / under C$15).
  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, costing under $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$20-C$25).
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, between $10 to $15 USD (under £15 GBP / under C$20).