How to charge the iPad Air from a power outlet in Kenya

A step by step guide showing you how to power your iPad Air from a Kenyan power outlet by using a USB Lightning Apple connector and a 3 pinned Type G power charger.

Kenyan power outlet

Various standards and plugs can all be confusing when planning on visiting another country to the first time traveller. This page has step by step instructions demonstrating exactly what you'll need to supply power to the iPad Air when staying in Kenya by using a 240 volt 50Hz G Type Kenyan wall outlet, with the Kenyans using 13 amp plugs for wall outlets. If travelling to Kenya from another region double check the iPad Air can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure your device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to stop the device from overloading during charging. If you intend to stay in a place like Nairobi or Naro Moru we also suggest referring to the Kenya Wikipedia web page [1] for more information prior to the location. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Air.

Charging the iPad Air in Kenya

Can the iPad Air be used in Kenya?

You can use the iPad Air in Kenya by using the correct power convertor.

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

If you are travelling to more than one country then the best international travel charger for Kenya is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. As these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the included heads over. If your iPad Air supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times with one of these USB travel adapters plus compatibility with more power demanding devices. This will allow you to recharge more than one device at once without needing to pack individual travel adapters for your Kenyan trip. By only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage and suitable for recharging your iPad Air at an airport or on a plane. Due to their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets and smartphones with only a single power outlet.

We recommend searching for a versatile travel adapter similar to this online. The travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries with perfect reliably.

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 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable 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 compact power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Kenya using type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Kenya.
What is the best travel adapter for the iPad Air in Kenya?

Powering the iPad Air with a Kenyan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

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

  1. If you want to supply power to your iPad Air from the Kenyan power outlet you will need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (the cable is typically included with the iPad Air by Apple).
  2. Begin by taking the Type G USB power adapter and inserting it in the power supply. This power outlet (sometimes known as the Type G power outlet [3]) can be identified by three holes in a triangular pattern.
  3. Connect one 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 Air. The iPad Air lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Air.
  4. Turn on the Kenyan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Air is charging, typically taking around 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPad Air with a Kenyan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenya - Kenya Wikipedia web page
  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. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters