Charging the Kindle Fire when planning a trip to Malawi

A page showing how to charge your Kindle Fire with a Malawian power outlet using Type B USB Micro cable and a 3 pin Type G power adapter.

Malawian power outlet

Various combinations of region codes and voltages can all lead to confusion when planning to visit a new country, especially if you've never been there before. This guide has been written to stop you having to worry if you'll be able to charge the Kindle Fire when you're visiting abroad.These step-by-step instructions will show you how to charge the Kindle Fire when you are travelling to Malawi using the 230 volt 50Hz Type G wall outlet, the Malawians will use a 13 amp plug for wall outlets. Most power will change regionally therefore we suggest reading the Africa page for a complete list of regions and countries. When travelling to Malawi from a different country please check the Kindle Fire can be used with a 240 volt supply. If your Kindle Fire was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check the device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to prevent the device from overheating during charging. If you're planning on taking a trip to a Malawian city like Lilongwe or Blantyre we also suggest reading the Malawi page on Wikipedia [1] for more details.

The following instructions show you how to connect the Malawian power outlet to your Kindle Fire. This page assumes that you have installed the most recent version of the Fire operating system for the Kindle Fire, if not we recommend installing the most recent Kindle Fire update to make sure you have the latest fixes for your device. Go to the Amazon support site for the Kindle Fire device support [2] for further information.

Charging a Kindle Fire in Malawi

Can you use a Kindle Fire in Malawi?

You can use a Kindle Fire in Malawi by using a power adaptor.

What is the best travel charger for recharging a Kindle Fire in Malawi?

If you are travelling with more than your Kindle Fire or visiting more than one country the best international travel adapter for Malawi is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your type of Kindle Fire is compatible with Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB power adapters along with compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

This means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power adapters for your Malawian trip or using up additional power sockets. Because you are only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the overall size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage. Because of their versatility these types of travel chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and speakers without using up an additional wall outlet.

We recommend buying a multipurpose travel charger like this at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Malawi

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the Kindle Fire, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Malawi.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more flexible 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 Malawi. [6] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for recharging a Kindle Fire in Malawi?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire from a Malawian power outlet

A page showing how to charge your Kindle Fire with a Malawian power outlet using Type B USB Micro cable and a 3 pin Type G power adapter.

  1. In order to supply power to the Kindle Fire using the Malawian power outlet you will need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Plug the Type G USB power adapter into the Malawian power outlet. You can recognise this power supply by the three rectangular slots containing plastic shutters forming a triangle shape.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the USB power adapter and the other end into the USB charging port on a Kindle Fire.
  4. Turn on the Malawian power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which is found at the top corner of the Kindle tablet screen will show a charging icon which indicates that the tablet is charging.
  6. It will take between 4 hours to 12 hours to fully charge, however this is likely to be longer depending on the model of Fire you are using, the strength of the power and if you are using the tablet during the charging process. For further information please read the Kindle Fire device support [2] for more details on battery life and the recharging procedure.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire from a Malawian power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Malawi page on Wikipedia
  2. Amazon - Kindle Fire device support
  3. iec.ch - 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 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable - Used to connect USB devices which have a USB Mini-B port to computers, power supplies and other devices, costs C$10-C$15.
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, under C$20.