How to charge a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation when planning a trip to Barbados

Instructions showing how to power your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation with a Barbadian power outlet by using type B USB Micro cord with a Type A power charger and charging a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation using a Type B USB adapter.

Barbadian power outlet

If you are organizing a vacation it can be helpful to know if you'll be able to charge any essential devices that you'll be bringing along with you. Without knowing which power socket is being used in Barbados you could end up either over packing with unnecessary adaptors or pack the wrong charger, therefore needing to purchase a suitable charger on arrival. Differing region codes and plugs can all be confusing when planning to travel to another country especially to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of sockets being used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need to purchase in advance to power your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation in Barbados. These instructions will show what you'll need to charge the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation in Barbados using their standard types B or A Barbadian 115 volt 50Hz power outlets, please be aware that Type B plug outlets are normally used by a majority of Barbadians. If your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation charges slowly or does not power up when travelling to Barbados from a different country check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally electrical devices which originated from a country which use a higher voltage (for example 220 volts) sometimes take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check that your device is dual voltage (normally marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional transformer to ensure proper use.

This guide shows you how to connect the Barbadian power outlet to the Kindle tablet and this page refers to the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generationfrom the Kindle Fire product line. Visit the Amazon page on WikiConnections where you'll see the full series of the latest Amazon Kindle Fire models. This version of the Kindle tablet is recognised by a front facing camera, the power and volume buttons on the back and the Amazon logo on the back. These instructions assume that you are using Fire OS operating system version 4.5.5 or greater for the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation, if not we recommend installing the latest Kindle software update which ensures you have the most up to date fixes for your tablet. Visit Amazon for the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation instruction manual for more information.

Charging a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation in Barbados

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

Yes, you can connect a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation to a Barbadian power outlet.

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What is the best travel adapter for a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation in Barbados?

If travelling to more than one country then the best international travel charger for Barbados is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two standards of power outlets that Barbadians use (B and A) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type A. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the plugs over. If your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these travel adapters plus compatibility with more power demanding devices. Having a 4 port adapter will allow you to recharge more than one device at once without needing to pack individual travel adapters for your trip or occupying additional wall sockets. By only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage while travelling. Due to their versatility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets without needing an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling on a regular basis we suggest buying this type of flexible travel adapter at your preferred electronics retailer; the multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Barbados

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is necessary when visiting regions with unstable power grids. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power adapter for travellers originating from America visiting Barbados.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers 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 wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Barbados. [9]
What is the best travel adapter for a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation in Barbados?

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

Instructions showing how to power your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation with a Barbadian power outlet by using type B USB Micro cord with a Type A power charger.

  1. In order to charge your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation using a Barbadian power outlet you'll need to use a Type A USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Begin by taking the Type A USB power adapter and inserting it in the power supply. You can identify this power outlet by the 2 thin adjacent slots.
  3. Then connect one end of the type B USB micro cord into the bottom of the mains power charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation. At the bottom of the Kindle tablet situated next to the power button you'll find the USB port.
  4. Switch on the Barbadian power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which is found in the top corner of the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation takes around around 6 hours to completely recharge, but this is likely to be longer depending on the strength of the power and if you are using the tablet whilst charging. The Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation battery life is roughly 9 to 12 hours. For more information on charging please read the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation charging support page [4] for more details on the recharging procedure and battery life.
How to use a Type A power charger for charging your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation from a Barbadian power outlet

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

Using type B Micro USB connector with a Type B power adapter to charge your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation from a Barbadian power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation from the Barbadian power outlet you will need a Type B USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type B USB power adapter into the Barbadian power outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by two thin slots with a hole below for the long earth pin.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Micro USB type B cable into the USB power charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation. You'll find the USB port at the base of your 7 inch Kindle Fire HDX Third Generation found next to the power button.
  4. Turn on the Barbadian power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which appears at the top corner of the Fire screen will show a charging icon which indicates that your device is charging.
  6. The tablet takes approximately under 6 hours to fully charge to 100% capacity however this is likely to take longer if you are using the tablet during recharging. Typically the battery life on the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation should last roughly 9 - 12 hours depending on use. Please read the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery life and the recharging process.
Powering a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation with a Barbadian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Barbadian page on wikipedia
  2. Amazon - Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation instruction manual
  3. iec.ch - Type A power outlet
  4. Amazon - Kindle Fire HDX 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, 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, estimated price 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, under C$20.
  9. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated price C$15-C$20.