Charging the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation when planning a trip to Barbados

A page showing how to charge your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation with a Barbadian power outlet with type B USB Micro cable and a Type A USB charger and charging a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation using a Type B USB charger.

Barbadian power outlet

Different combinations of frequencies and standards can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of sockets being used in the world this article shows exactly what you'll need to pick up in advance to power your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation . These step-by-step instructions will show how to supply power to the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation when you're visiting Barbados using the Type B or A Barbadian 115 volt 50Hz power outlets, Type B wall outlets are typically used by most Barbadians. If your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when travelling to Barbados from a different country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Devices which originated from a different country which use a higher voltage (for example 220 volts) may take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check the device is dual voltage (usually indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to ensure proper use. If you plan on taking a trip to a Barbadian city like Bridgetown or Speightstown read the Wikipedia entry about Barbados [1] for more indepth information.

This guide shows how to connect the Barbadian power outlet to the Kindle Fire Third Generation and this page refers to the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation, not other tablets in the Kindle Fire product line. Visit the Amazon page where you'll see the full list of the latest Amazon Kindle Fire models. You can identify this Kindle model by the power and volume buttons on the back and an Amazon logo on the rear. This page assumes that you have installed version 4.5.5 or greater of Fire OS for the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation, if not please visit Amazon for the latest Kindle update which ensures you have the most up-to-date set of features for your tablet. For more information go to Amazon for the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation guide.

Charging a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation in Barbados

Can you use a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation in Barbados?

You can use a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation in Barbados by using a power adaptor.

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What is the best travel charger for recharging a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation in Barbados?

If you are travelling with more than your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation the best international travel adapter for Barbados is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two standards of plug sockets that Barbadians use (B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by changing the included heads. If your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation can support Fast Charge (note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these types of travel chargers, plus additional support for certain power hungry devices.

Unlike other adapters this will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power adapters. Only needing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage while travelling. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without using up an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling to Barbados we suggest searching for an adaptable travel charger of this nature online - the travel charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Barbados

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable power supplies. These power converters come 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 best selling compact option for travellers originating from America going to Barbados.
  • 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 and is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Barbados. [9]
What is the best travel charger for recharging a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation in Barbados?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation from a Barbadian power outlet

Using type B USB Micro cable and a Type A USB charger to charge your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation with a Barbadian power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation using a Barbadian power outlet you'll need a Type A USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Start by taking the Type A USB power adapter and plugging it into the Barbadian power outlet. The wall outlet, sometimes known as the Type A power outlet [3], can be recognised by 2 thin adjacent slots next to each other for live and neutral blades.
  3. Connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the USB charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation. You will find the USB port at the base of your Fire found next to the power button.
  4. Switch on the Barbadian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top corner of the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation screen will display a lightning bolt icon to indicate that your device is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation takes under 6 hours to completely recharge, however this is likely to take longer if you are using the tablet whilst recharging. The Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation battery life should last 9 to 11 hours. For more information please read the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation charging support page [4] for more details on the charging process and battery life.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation from a Barbadian power outlet

Powering a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation with a Barbadian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Using type B USB micro cable and a 3 pin Type B USB charger to charge your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation with a Barbadian power outlet.

  1. To power your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation using the Barbadian power outlet you will need to use a Type B USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type B USB power adapter into the wall supply. The wall outlet, sometimes known as the Type B power outlet [7], can be recognised by 2 slots parallel to each other for live and neutral blades with a single semicircular hole below for the earth pin.
  3. Connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the USB charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation. You can find the USB port at the base of your found next to the power button.
  4. Switch on the Barbadian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top corner of the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation display will show a lightning bolt icon to indicate that your device is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation takes under 6 hours to completely recharge, however this is likely to be longer if you are using the tablet whilst recharging. The Third Generation Kindle Fire battery life should last 9 to 11 hours. For further information please read the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation charging support page [4] for more details on the charging process and battery life.
Powering a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation with a Barbadian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia entry about Barbados
  2. Amazon - Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation instruction manual
  3. iec.ch - Type A power outlet
  4. Amazon - Kindle Fire HD 3rd 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, priced under C$5.
  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, costs C$10-C$15.
  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, priced under C$5.
  9. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, under C$20.