How to charge the iPhone 6 from a power outlet in Kenya

How to connect a Kenyan power outlet to the iPhone 6

Kenyan power outlet

Varying different combinations of frequencies and standards can often be daunting when planning on staying in a new country to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what to buy in advance to power the iPhone 6 . The following useful guide shows exactly how to power your iPhone 6 when you're travelling to Kenya by using their 240 volt 50Hz G Type Kenyan wall outlet, the Kenyans will use 13 amp plugs for wall outlets. If travelling to Kenya from another country check your iPhone 6 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v ensure the iPhone 6 is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from over-heating when charging it. If you intend to stay somewhere such as Nairobi or Wundanyi we also suggest referring to the Wikipedia.org page about Kenya [1] for more information. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 6.

Charging the iPhone 6 in Kenya

Can you use the iPhone 6 in Kenya?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 6 in Kenya by using a power convertor.

What is the best power charger for the iPhone 6 in Kenya?

When you are travelling to multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Kenya is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by changing the included plugs. If your type of iPhone 6 can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these types of USB travel chargers plus additional compatibility with more power demanding devices. Unlike other travel adapters having a 4 port charger means you can charge more than one device at the same time without needing to buy seperate power chargers or using up additional wall outlets. Only packing a single international USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage and suitable for recharging your iPhone 6 at an airport or on a plane. Because of 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 phones, tablets and e-readers without needing an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling on a regular basis we recommend buying a versatile travel charger similar to this online. The power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Kenya

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power 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 portable power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Kenya.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise 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. This offers almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more generous 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.
What is the best power charger for the iPhone 6 in Kenya?

Charging the iPhone 6 from a Kenyan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Using the Lightning Apple cable with a Type G power adapter to charge the iPhone 6 from a Kenyan power outlet.

  1. In order to charge your iPhone 6 using a Kenyan power outlet you'll need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (normally already supplied with the device).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type G USB power adapter into the power outlet. This plug outlet (sometimes known as the Type G power outlet [3]) can be identified by three vertical slots with shutters forming a triangle configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Lightning charging cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 6. The iPhone 6 Lightning connector is situated at bottom of the iPhone 6 under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Kenyan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your phone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 6 is charging which takes around one-four hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPhone 6 from a Kenyan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenya - Wikipedia.org page about Kenya
  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, costs between $10 to $15.
  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, around $5.
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, between $10 to $15.