Charging the iPhone from a power outlet in Kenya

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

Kenyan power outlet

Differing combinations of region codes and plugs can often lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country especially for the first time traveller. These guidelines were specifically written to prepare visitors wanting to power their iPhone abroad.This page has useful instructions telling you how to charge your iPhone when staying in Kenya using the standard 240 volt 50Hz G Type Kenyan power outlet, with the Kenyans using a 13 amp plug for wall outlets. If visiting Kenya from a different country please double check the iPhone can accept a 240v supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) double check the device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to stop the device from over-heating whilst powering it. If you're planning on taking a trip to somewhere like Nairobi or Mombasa please refer to the Kenya country entry on Wikipedia [1] for more indepth information.

This page details the iPhone 1st generation, the original iPhone is missing some features which have since been introduced to more recent iPhones. Visit the Apple category page for a full range of Apple iPhones. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 3 or greater on the iPhone.

Charging the iPhone in Kenya

Can you use the iPhone in Kenya?

You can use the iPhone in Kenya.

What is the best power adapter for the iPhone in Kenya?

When you are travelling with more than your iPhone or visiting more than one country the best international travel adapter for Kenya to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world simply by changing the heads. If your type of iPhone is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these USB power chargers, plus additional support for certain power hungry devices.

This means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to bring individual power adapters. Only needing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand baggage. Because of their flexibility these types of power adapters can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple phones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

If you travel to different countries we suggest searching for this type of flexible power adapter online. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger 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 is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These power 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 option for travellers originating from North America visiting Kenya using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also 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. [6] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone in Kenya?

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

Instructions on how to recharge the iPhone from a Kenyan power outlet with the 30-pin Apple cable and a Type G USB charger.

  1. To charge the iPhone from the Kenyan power outlet you will need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should normally supply this USB cable when you buy the iPhone).
  2. Plug the Type G USB power adapter into 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. The iPhone dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone.
  4. Switch on the Kenyan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up taking roughly 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
Charging the iPhone from a Kenyan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Kenya country entry on Wikipedia
  2. Apple - the original iPhone product manual
  3. - Type G power outlet
  4. 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.
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, under C$15.
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced at under C$20.