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Do I need a travel adapter for a trip to Kenya?

Yes, you need a travel adapter (plug adapter) for a trip from Canada to Kenya. In Kenya, people are using different plugs and electrical outlets that are not compatible with plugs from Canada!

Kenya und Canada compared
Flag: Canada
Canada
AOutlets of type ABOutlets of type BOutlets
120 VoltVoltage
60 HertzFrequency
Flag: Kenya
Kenya
GOutlets of type GOutlets
240 VoltVoltage
50 HertzFrequency
Country information

About Kenya

Flag: About Kenya

Kenya is a country in Africa (Eastern Africa) with about 45.9 Millionen inhabitants on an area of almost 580 000 km². The capital of Kenya is Nairobi (2.8 Millionen inhabitants).

People in the country are mainly speaking English and Swahili.

The neighbors of Kenya are Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

TLD: .keCurrency: KESCountry calling code: +254Country Code : KE
Power sockets

Which types of power outlets are used in Kenya?

Kenya uses power outlets of type G. Electrical outlets of type A and B, which are common in Canada, are not in use in Kenya.

Mains voltage

What is the Electricity Voltage in Kenya?

The voltage in Kenya is 240 volts.

The voltage, therefore, is higher than the 120 volts in Canada. This difference means that you have to be cautious when using electrical devices purchased in Canada:

You should read the instruction manual of your device and check at which voltage it is safe to use.

If the voltage stated in the user's manual or on the device's power supply differs from the mains voltage in Kenya, you should either not use your device there, or buy a voltage converter before departing.

Utility frequency

What is the utility frequency in Kenya?

The utility frequency in Kenya is 50 Hertz.

The frequency, therefore, is lower than the 60 Hertz in use in Canada. This difference may not be a problem for most of your devices, but you still have to be cautious:

Devices that either measure time, or are equipped with moving and rotating parts, are particularly dangerous! So, if you plan to use shavers, heaters, kitchen appliances or alarm clocks in Kenya, read the instruction manuals to see if these devices are safe to use on the local utility frequency.

If the mains frequency specified in the manual or on the power supply is different from the rate used in Kenya, you should not use the device!

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