Charging your iPad Mini from a power outlet in Kenya

How to connect a Kenyan power outlet to the iPad Mini

Kenyan power outlet

Varying different region codes and voltages can all be daunting when planning on visiting another country for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need to pick up in advance to charge your iPad Mini . When you are staying in Kenya the following useful instructions show how to charge your iPad Mini by using their standard 240 volt 50Hz G Type Kenyan plug outlet, the Kenyans will use a 13 amp plug for wall outlets. When you are travelling to Kenya from another country ensure that your iPad Mini can be charged using a 240v supply. If your iPad Mini was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check the device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power converter to stop the device from being damaged when powering up. If you intend on staying in a city such as Nairobi or Busia please refer to the wikipedia.org web page about Kenya [1] for more indepth information. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in Kenya

Can the iPad Mini be used in Kenya?

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

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

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your iPad Mini the best international travel adapter for Kenya is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the heads. If your model of iPad Mini is compatible with Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers along with compatibility with certain power hungry devices. This means you can recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy seperate travel chargers on your trip or using up additional power sockets. Because you are only bringing a single international travel charger will also keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage and convenient for charging your iPad Mini at the airport or on your flight. Due to their versatility these types of chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

We recommend searching for a versatile power adapter like this at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

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, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from America going to Kenya.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs and offers the same set of features as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for almost half the 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 suitable for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Kenya.
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad Mini in Kenya?

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

Instructions on how to recharge your iPad Mini with a Kenyan power outlet using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type G USB charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad Mini using the Kenyan power outlet you will need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (this USB cable is normally already included with the iPad Mini).
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type G USB power adapter and inserting it in the wall supply. You can identify the wall outlet by three rectangular slots containing shutters forming a triangle pattern.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the mains USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Mini.
  4. Turn on the Kenyan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad Mini screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Mini is powering up and takes around one to four hours to fully recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPad Mini from a Kenyan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenya - wikipedia.org web 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 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