Charging your mobile phone from a power outlet in Kenya

Using USB micro type B cord with a three pin Type G power adapter to recharge your mobile phone with a Kenyan power outlet.

Kenyan power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of region codes and plugs can often lead to confusion when planning to travel to another country for the first time traveller. These instructions have been written to prevent visitors worrying if they'll be able to charge the mobile phone when they're staying abroad.When you're travelling to Kenya the following useful instructions show how to power your mobile phone by using their standard 240 volt 50Hz G Type wall outlet, the Kenyans will use a 13 amp plug for power outlets. When travelling to Kenya from a different country please check that your mobile phone can be charged using a 240v supply. If the mobile phone was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts double check the mobile phone is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional converter to prevent the device from overheating whilst powering it.

These instructions are for a generic mobile phone and assume the phone has a standard micro USB port, Bluetooth connectivity and a headphone socket. For all the latest phones visit the Mobile phones page for a full list of makes and models.

Charging any mobile phone in Kenya

Can the mobile phone be used in Kenya?

Yes, you can connect any mobile phone to a Kenyan power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best travel charger for recharging any mobile phone in Kenya?

If you are travelling to more than one country or bringing more than just your mobile phone then the best travel power adapter for Kenya is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world just by switching the heads. If your model of mobile phone is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these USB travel chargers, plus additional compatibility with certain power hungry devices. Unlike other travel chargers having a 4 port adapter will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple travel chargers on your trip. By only packing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage. Because of their versatility these types of power adapters can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets without needing an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling to Kenya we recommend buying a versatile power adapter like this at your preferred electronics retailer - the travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Kenya

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters 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 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 converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting Kenya using type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs and offers the same set of features as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Kenya. [5] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for recharging any mobile phone in Kenya?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your mobile phone from a Kenyan power outlet

Using type B USB Micro cord with a three pinned Type G power adapter to power your mobile phone with a Kenyan power outlet.

  1. In order to power any mobile phone from a Kenyan power outlet you'll need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [3] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Plug the Type G USB power adapter into the power outlet. The wall outlet (called the Type G power outlet [2]) looks like 3 vertical rectangular slots containing shutters forming a triangle pattern for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the USB charging port on any mobile phone. These instructions assume your phone uses a Micro USB type B port. Please refer to the instructions supplied with your mobile to check this is correct and visit the Mobile phones page to see if your model is listed (please note you can usually connect the cable supplied with your mobile phone to charge with any USB adapter).
  4. The USB charging port can typically be found either on the side or bottom of the mobile.
  5. Turn on the Kenyan power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on the mobile phone will indicate that the phone is charging, refer to the phone`s instruction manual to find out how long it will typically take.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your mobile phone from a Kenyan power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Kenya entry on wikipedia
  2. - Type G power outlet
  3. 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, priced under C$15.
  4. USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable - Used to connect USB devices which have a USB Mini-B port to computers, power supplies and other devices, estimated price around C$10.
  5. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, C$15-C$20.