How to charge your iPhone 4 from a power outlet in Kenya

How to connect a Kenyan power outlet to the iPhone 4

Kenyan power outlet

Differing combinations of standards and sockets can all be confusing when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never visited before. These instructions were written to stop you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 4 abroad.If going to Kenya this page has instructions showing how to charge your iPhone 4 using a standard 240 volt 50Hz Type G Kenyan power outlet, the Kenyans will use 13 amp plugs for charging. When you are visiting Kenya from a different region please ensure that the iPhone 4 can be used with a 240v supply. If your iPhone 4 originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts check that your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to stop the device from overheating whilst powering it up. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4.

Charging the iPhone 4 in Kenya

Can the iPhone 4 be used in Kenya?

You can use the iPhone 4 in Kenya by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 4 in Kenya?

If travelling with more than just your iPhone 4 or visiting multiple countries the best travel adapter for Kenya to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your model of iPhone 4 can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these USB travel adapters plus compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other chargers this will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple travel adapters for your Kenyan trip. Because you are only needing to pack a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage while travelling and convenient for charging your iPhone 4 at an airport or on a plane. Due to their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets without needing an additional power outlet.

We recommend searching for an adaptable travel adapter of this nature at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries 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 charge devices via USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary for visitors of regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Kenya and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from America going to Kenya.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at 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 wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Kenya. [6] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 4 in Kenya?

Powering the iPhone 4 with a Kenyan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Using a USB 30-pin cable with a Type G power adapter to charge the iPhone 4 from a Kenyan power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 4 using a Kenyan power outlet you'll need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], typically already supplied with your device.
  2. First plug in the Type G USB power adapter into the Kenyan power outlet. The plug supply (technically known as the Type G power outlet [3]) can be identified by three vertical slots with shutters forming a triangular configuration for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Then connect one end of the 30 pin cord into the USB power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 4. The iPhone 4 dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone 4.
  4. Turn on the Kenyan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone 4 will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is charging taking between 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 4 with a Kenyan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Kenya entry on
  2. Apple - official iPhone user guide
  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, 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, priced at 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, around C$15.