Charging your iPhone 5 from a power outlet in Kenya

Using the USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type G power adapter to power the iPhone 5 from a Kenyan power outlet.

Kenyan power outlet

Varying different frequencies and standards can often be confusing when planning on visiting a foreign country, especially to the first time traveller. This isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need to pick up in advance to power your iPhone 5 . This guide was written to prevent travellers worrying if they'll be able to power their iPhone 5 abroad.This page has simple instructions demonstrating how to supply power to your iPhone 5 when visiting Kenya using the 240 volt 50Hz G Type Kenyan power outlet, with the Kenyans using 13 amp plugs for wall outlets. When travelling to Kenya from a different country please make sure that your iPhone 5 can be charged using a 240v supply. If the iPhone 5 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check the iPhone 5 is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to avoid the device from overheating during charging. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5.

Charging the iPhone 5 in Kenya

Can the iPhone 5 be used in Kenya?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 5 to a Kenyan power outlet by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone 5 in Kenya?

If you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 5 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 5 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 5 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 iKits 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 5 in Kenya?

How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPhone 5 from a Kenyan power outlet

Simple instructions showing you how to power the iPhone 5 with a Kenyan power outlet using the USB Lightning Apple cable with a Type G USB adapter.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone 5 using a Kenyan power outlet you'll need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - usually supplied with the device by Apple.
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type G USB power adapter into the Kenyan power outlet. You can identify the wall outlet by the three rectangular holes forming a triangular configuration for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 Lightning connector can be found at bottom of your iPhone 5 under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Kenyan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the phone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is recharging, typically taking between 1 to 4 hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPhone 5 from a Kenyan power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenya - Kenyan Wikipedia page
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1565/en_US/iphone_user_guide.pdf - Official iPhone 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