Adapter for Kenya - What plug adapter do I need for Kenya?

Power adapters for Kenya

When organizing a trip it's useful to know if you can power all your devices that you are bringing with you. However by not knowing which wall socket is being used in Kenya you are more likely to bring the wrong adaptor, thereby leaving you having to purchase a potentially expensive charger when you're there that could be incompatible. Varying complicated standards and voltages can all lead to confusion when planning to stay in another country for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Kenya. This page contains links to instructions telling you how to charge your devices when you're in Kenya by using their standard 240 volt 50Hz G Type wall outlet, the Kenyans will use a 13 amp plug for wall outlets. You will discover that power adapters change from region to region therefore please read our WikiConnections travel power adapters page for a full list of charging devices in different regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Kenya?

The best power adapter for Kenya is a Type G plug adapter which is suitable for powering any 240 volt device or appliance. [2]

What is the best power adapter for Kenya?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are compact and lightweight plastic adapters which allow a Kenyan power outlet to accept a power plug from an appliance from a foreign country.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor[3]

What does a power adapter for a Kenyan power outlet do?

A power adapter enables visitors from another country to use their electronic and electrical appliances in Kenya simply by altering the shape of the power plug to fit the power socket.

Do I need a power adapter for Kenya?

It will depend on where you are travelling from and the shape of plug you are using.

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Do I need a plug adapter for Kenya if I'm from Canada?

Canadian plugs won't physically fit into a Kenyan power outlet therefore you will need to use a plug adapter for Kenya, and as the voltage is different you will also need to bring a power converter for Kenya to prevent overheating or damage to your device or appliance if it isn't dual voltage.

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Does a power adapter change the voltage in Kenya?

Power adapters can only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 240 volt Kenyan power outlet and can't convert to a different voltage. Should you wish to safely use any 100, 110 or 120 volt device then you also need to bring a more expensive step down power converter for Kenya.

Where to buy a power adapter in Kenya

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Where to buy a power adapter in Kenya

On arrival power adapters could be found in local electrical high street shops and drug stores, but always check the build quality first as safety standards might be different in a foreign country as this is important when dealing with electrical goods. Keep in mind that a shopping trip searching for power adapters in an unknown location might be impractical, especially as this needs to happen quickly before batteries run out.

Hotel receptions could have a power adapter for sale, hire or as a complimentary extra for guests; however, availability is normally limited and a hotel might not have the exact type required for your country. If in doubt, call ahead to the hotel first and request a reservation as it is unlikely that an adapter will be found in your room on arrival.

Where to buy a power adapter for Kenya in Canada

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Kenya in Canada

Kenya to Canadian power adapters will most likely be available in most major Canadian International airports prior to departure, however the range of adapters might be limited to popular destinations. It is recommended to research the exact type of adapter required prior to shopping at the airport. Look in the travel accessories section of airport newsagents, electronic stores and pharmacists such as Relay, The Source or 6&Sundry, but expect to pay more than regular prices. Airports will be your last chance to buy a power adapter before departure, always check the returns policy to ensure you can easily exchange or refund a faulty or unsuitable product in an airside shop.

It will be more convenient and cheaper to buy the correct power adapter in advance of your trip. Best Buy, Costco, Home Depot and other high street electrical stores normally sell a limited range of travel adapters to popular locations however for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online.

  1. Wikipedia - Kenya Wikipedia page.
  2. Type G plug adapter - A Type G power adapter has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin, priced under C$15.
  3. Wikipedia - power adaptor