Charging your iPhone 3GS from a power outlet in Kenya

Using a USB 30 pin connector with a three pin Type G power adapter to recharge your iPhone 3GS with a Kenyan power outlet.

Kenyan power outlet

If you are organizing a trip it's useful to know if you'll be able to charge all your vital electrical devices such as mobiles and laptops when you get there. Without knowing which power socket is used you may pack the wrong power adaptor, therefore needing to buy a potentially expensive charger when you're there that could be incompatible and damage the device. Various combinations of region codes and voltages can all be daunting when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never been there before. This page has been written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 3GS abroad.If you're staying in Kenya these instructions show charging the iPhone 3GS by using a 240 volt 50Hz Type G plug outlet, with the Kenyans using 13 amp plugs for charging. If you are visiting Kenya from another region please check the iPhone 3GS can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure that the device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to stop the device from being damaged when powering up. If you're planning on staying somewhere like Nairobi refer to the Wikipedia.org entry about Kenya [1] for more indepth information. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in Kenya

Can the iPhone 3GS be used in Kenya?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 3GS to a Kenyan power outlet by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone 3GS in Kenya?

If you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 3GS then the best travel charger for Kenya to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by switching the supplied plugs over. If your iPhone 3GS can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these types of travel adapters along with compatibility with more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other travel adapters having a four port adapter will allow you to recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack individual travel chargers on your Kenyan trip. By only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the overall size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage and on hand for recharging your iPhone 3GS at the airport or on your flight. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used back at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers with just a single wall outlet.

We suggest searching for a multipurpose travel charger of this nature online; the power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

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 the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover 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 visiting Kenya.
  • 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 the US using type B plugs. This is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only 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 travel charger for recharging the iPhone 3GS in Kenya?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a Kenyan power outlet

Using the Apple USB 30 pin connector and a 3 pin Type G power charger to charge your iPhone 3GS with a Kenyan power outlet.

  1. In order to power your iPhone 3GS from a Kenyan power outlet you'll need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (usually included with the device by Apple).
  2. Firstly plug the Type G USB power adapter in the Kenyan power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the three vertical holes containing plastic shutters in a triangular configuration.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the mains power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 3GS. The iPhone 3GS dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 3GS.
  4. Switch on the Kenyan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 3GS is powering up which typically takes roughly one-four hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS 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/0/MA616/en_US/iPhone_iOS3.1_User_Guide.pdf - Official iPhone 3GS 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