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

Power adapters for Kenya

When organizing to travel it is helpful to know in advance if you'll be able to charge all your indispensable electrical devices at your hotel. But by not knowing which plug socket is used you are likely to bring the wrong charger, leaving you having to purchase a suitable power adaptor on arrival that might be incompatible and cause damage to your device. Varying different standards and voltages can all be confusing when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never been there before. However this isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards being used in the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Kenya. This page contains links to useful instructions showing you exactly which power adapters you'll need to power your devices when you're visiting Kenya by using a 240 volt 50Hz Type G wall outlet, the Kenyans will use 13 amp plugs for charging. Power adapters will change regionally therefore we recommend reading our Wiki Connections global power adapters list where you'll find a full list of destinations.

What is the best power adapter for Kenya?

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

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?

If the type of Kenyan power outlet is different to the power outlet in your home country then you will need a power adapter.

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

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

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 for Kenya in the US

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Kenya in the US

Kenya to US power adapters will most likely be available in most major US 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 Hudson News or Brookstone, 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. High street electrical stores such as Best Buy, Walmart, Target, Home Depot or Fry's normally sell a limited range of travel adapters to popular locations but for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online.

Where to buy a power adapter in Kenya

Arriving at an airport

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.

  1. - Kenya Wikipedia page.
  2. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G power outlets without converting voltage, estimated cost under $10.
  3. - power adaptor