Charging a Kindle Fire when staying in India

Instructions showing you how to recharge your Kindle Fire with an Indian power outlet with Type B Micro USB cable with a three pinned Type M power charger, charging a Kindle Fire using a double pin Europlug Type C power charger and powering a Kindle Fire using a Type D USB charger

Indian power outlet

If you are planning a vacation it is helpful to know in advance if you can use your gadgets such as mobiles or tablets when you get there. However, by not knowing which plug socket to expect you may end up either bringing unnecessary adaptors or bring the wrong power adaptor, thereby leaving you having to borrow a suitable adaptor when you're there. Complicated standards and plugs can all be confusing when planning on travelling to a new country if you've never been there before. This guide was written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge the Kindle Fire abroad.This page has step-by-step instructions demonstrating what you'll need to power the Kindle Fire when you're travelling to India by using their types D, C or M Indian 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, Type D power outlets will be typically used by most Indians. When visiting India from another country double check the Kindle Fire can accept a 240v supply. If the Kindle Fire was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure that the device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional converter to prevent the device from over-heating when charging it.

The following guide shows you how to connect the Indian power outlet to the tablet. This page assumes you are using the most recent version of the Fire OS operating system for the Kindle, however if you don't visit Amazon for the latest Kindle Fire firmware update which ensures you have all the latest set of features for your device. Go to the Amazon.com site for the Kindle Fire device support [2] for further information.

Charging a Kindle Fire in India

Can you use a Kindle Fire in India?

You can connect a Kindle Fire to an Indian power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best power charger for recharging a Kindle Fire in India?

When travelling to multiple countries or bringing more than just your Kindle Fire the best international travel charger for India to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are three types of power outlets in India (D, C and M) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the included plugs over. If your Kindle Fire supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these USB travel chargers, along with support for more power hungry devices.

This will allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring seperate power adapters on your trip. Because you are only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage and suitable for charging your Kindle Fire at an airport or on the flight. Because of their flexibility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and speakers without needing an additional power outlet.

For those travelling frequently we suggest searching for this type of versatile power charger at an electronics retailer, the travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for India

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 visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting regions with unstable power supplies. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 option for travellers originating from America visiting India.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting India. [10] [AD]
What is the best power charger for recharging a Kindle Fire in India?

Powering a Kindle Fire with an Indian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Using USB micro Type B cord and a Type C Europlug USB charger to recharge a Kindle Fire from an Indian power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the Kindle Fire from an Indian power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Firstly plug the Type C USB power adapter into the power supply. You can identify this plug outlet by two round holes next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB type B cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the USB charging port on a Kindle Fire.
  4. Switch on the Indian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found at the top corner of the Kindle will display a charge icon to indicate that your device is charging.
  6. It will take between 4 hours to 12 hours to completely recharge to 100 percent capacity however this is likely to take longer depending on the type of Kindle tablet you are using, the charger strength and if you are using the device during the recharging cycle. For further information on charging please read the Kindle Fire device support [2] for more details on battery life.
Powering a Kindle Fire with an Indian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Charging a Kindle Fire from an Indian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

Using Type B USB micro cord with a Type D USB charger to power a Kindle Fire with an Indian power outlet.

  1. To power the Kindle Fire using an Indian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Firstly plug in the Type D USB power adapter in the power supply. The plug supply (known as the Type D power outlet [6]) looks like 3 holes forming a triangular configuration.
  3. Plug in one end of the micro USB Type B connector into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the USB charging port on a Kindle Fire.
  4. Turn on the Indian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top corner of the Kindle Fire display will display a charging icon which indicates that the device is charging.
  6. It takes between 4 hours to 12 hours to fully recharge but this is likely to be longer depending on the model of Kindle Fire you have, the strength of the power and if you are using the Kindle during recharging. Please read the Kindle Fire device support [2] for more details on the charging process.
Charging a Kindle Fire from an Indian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

How to use a Type M power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire from an Indian power outlet

Instructions showing how to power a Kindle Fire with an Indian power outlet with USB Type B cable and a Type M power adapter.

  1. In order to power a Kindle Fire from the Indian power outlet you will need a Type M USB power adapter [9] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Start the process by taking the Type M USB power adapter and inserting it in the Indian power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the 3 large circular holes in a triangular pattern for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB Type B cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the USB charging port on a Kindle Fire.
  4. Switch on the Indian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found at the top corner of the Kindle will display a charge icon to indicate that your device is charging.
  6. It will take between 4 hours to 12 hours to completely recharge to 100 percent capacity however this is likely to take longer depending on the type of Kindle tablet you are using, the charger strength and if you are using the device during the recharging cycle. For further information on charging please read the Kindle Fire device support [2] for more details on battery life.
How to use a Type M power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire from an Indian power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Indian Wikipedia web page
  2. Amazon - Kindle Fire device support
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, under C$20.
  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, around C$10.
  6. iec.ch - Type D power outlet
  7. Type D USB power adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D USB chargers have large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, estimated price C$15-C$20.
  8. iec.ch - Type M power outlet
  9. Type M USB power adapter - South African Type M USB chargers have three large circular pins in a triangular shape with the top earthed pin longer and larger in diameter, around C$15.
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated price under C$20.