How to charge the Kindle Fire 2nd generation when staying in Thailand

A step-by-step guide showing you how to recharge a Kindle Fire 2nd generation with a Thai power outlet with type B USB cord and a Type A power charger, charging a Kindle Fire 2nd generation using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter and recharging a Kindle Fire 2nd generation using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Thai power outlet

Differing combinations of voltages and sockets can all cause confusion when planning on staying in another country, especially for the first time traveller. This page is a guide which shows exactly how to charge the Kindle Fire 2nd generation when visiting Thailand by using the Type B, A or C 220 volt 50Hz power outlets, a majority of Thai use Type B sockets in their power outlets. You will find that most power sockets will vary regionally so please read the Wiki Connections travel power sockets guide where you'll find a complete list of powering devices in different destinations. If travelling to Thailand from another country please ensure that the Kindle Fire 2nd generation can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If the Kindle Fire 2nd generation originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts ensure the Kindle Fire 2nd generation is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to avoid the device from overloading when powering up. If you plan on staying somewhere like Bangkok or Hat Yai please read the Wikipedia entry about Thailand [1] for more information on visiting the area.

This list of instructions shows you how to connect the Thai power outlet to the tablet and refers to the Kindle Fire 2nd generation. Visit the Amazon page on WikiConnections to see the full product range of the latest Amazon Kindle Fire tablets. This Kindle version can be recognised by the volume and power buttons on the sides and a Kindle logo on the back. This guide assumes you have installed version 10.5.1 or greater of the Kindle Fire 2nd generation operating system, but if not please visit Amazon for the most recent Kindle software update to make sure you have all the latest fixes for your tablet. Visit the support site at Amazon for the Kindle Fire 2nd generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire 2nd generation manual for more information.

Charging a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in Thailand

Can the Kindle Fire 2nd generation be used in Thailand?

You can connect a Kindle Fire 2nd generation to a Thai power outlet by using a power convertor.

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What is the best travel adapter for recharging a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in Thailand?

When you are travelling to more than one country the best travel charger for Thailand is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are three types of wall outlets in Thailand (types B, A and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for both types A and C.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the plugs. If your Kindle Fire 2nd generation is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these power adapters, and additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters this will also allow you to charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy individual power chargers. Because you are only bringing a single travel charger will keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling and suitable for recharging your Kindle Fire 2nd generation at the airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel chargers can be used back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers with only a single plug socket.

For those travelling often we recommend searching for this type of versatile travel adapter online, the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Thailand

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact option for travellers originating from North America going to Thailand.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs and is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 suitable for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Thailand. [11]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in Thailand?

Powering a Kindle Fire 2nd generation with a Thai power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Using Type B micro USB cord and a Type A power charger to power your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a Thai power outlet.

  1. In order to power your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from the Thai power outlet you will need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Insert the Type A USB power adapter in the Thai power outlet. You can recognise the power outlet by the 2 adjacent slots.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire 2nd generation. You will find the USB port at the side of the tablet located to the right of the HDMI socket.
  4. Turn on the Thai power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found in the top corner of the tablet display will display a lightning icon which indicates that your tablet is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire 2nd generation takes approximately under 5 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity, but this is likely to be longer if you are using the device during the charging cycle. The battery life on your Kindle Fire 2nd generation lasts around 8 - 9 hours. Please read the Kindle Fire 2nd generation charging support page [4] for more details on the recharging process and battery times.
Powering a Kindle Fire 2nd generation with a Thai power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

How to use a Type B power charger for charging your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a Thai power outlet

Using USB Micro Type B cable with a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter to recharge your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a Thai power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from the Thai power outlet you'll need to use a Type B USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Plug in the Type B USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This wall supply (called a Type B power outlet [7]) can be identified by two thin slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral blades with a single hole below for the ground pin.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the type B USB connector into the mains USB adapter and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire 2nd generation. You'll find the USB port at the side of the Kindle found to the right of the HDMI connector.
  4. Turn on the Thai power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found in the top corner of the Kindle Fire 2nd generation screen will display a charging icon which indicates that your tablet is charging.
  6. The Fire takes roughly less than 5 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity, but this is likely to take longer depending on the strength of the power source and if you are using the tablet during recharging. Typically the battery life on the tablet should last approximately 8 to 9 hours depending on use. Please read the Kindle Fire 2nd generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery life.
How to use a Type B power charger for charging your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a Thai power outlet

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a Thai power outlet

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge a Kindle Fire 2nd generation with a Thai power outlet by using type B USB cord and a Type C power charger.

  1. To supply power to a Kindle Fire 2nd generation using a Thai power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [10] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it into the Thai power outlet. You can identify this power supply by two round holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Then connect one end of the type B USB cord into the USB power charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire 2nd generation. At the side of the tablet located to the right of the HDMI socket you can find the USB port.
  4. Switch on the Thai power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which appears at the top corner of the Kindle Fire 2nd generation will show a charge icon to indicate that the device is charging.
  6. The tablet takes around 5 hours to completely charge however this may be longer depending on the power strength and if you are using the tablet during recharging. Typically the tablet battery life is roughly 8 - 9 hours depending on how you use the tablet. For further information on charging the Kindle Fire 2nd generation please read the Kindle Fire 2nd generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery life.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a Thai power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia entry about Thailand
  2. Amazon - Kindle Fire 2nd generation instruction manual
  3. iec.ch - Type A power outlet
  4. Amazon - Kindle Fire 2nd generation charging support page
  5. Type A USB power adapter - An unearthed Type A USB charger has 2 parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes near the tip of each blade, under C$20.
  6. 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, around C$10.
  7. iec.ch - Type B power outlet
  8. Type B USB power adapter - 3 pinned Type B USB chargers have a single unearthed round pin along with 2 shorter parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes in the end of each blade, under C$20.
  9. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  10. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, C$15-C$20.
  11. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced at C$15-C$20.