How to charge the Kindle Fire 1st generation when staying in Canada

The Wiki Connections page on how to power your Kindle Fire 1st generation from a Canadian power outlet with micro USB type B cable with a 3 pinned Type A power charger.

Canadian power outlet

Differing region codes and plugs can often be daunting when planning on travelling to another country, especially for the first time traveller. This guide has been specifically written to stop you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge your Kindle Fire 1st generation when you are travelling abroad.If you are travelling to Canada the following instructions show charging your Kindle Fire 1st generation using a standard 120 volt 60Hz Type A Canadian wall outlet, with the Canadians using a NEMA 1-15 P ungrounded plug for charging. Most power sources will change from country to country therefore please read the WikiConnections global power connections guide where you'll find a complete list of powering devices in different destinations. If your Kindle Fire 1st generation charges slowly or does not power up when travelling to Canada from another region please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally electrical devices which originate from another country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) sometimes take longer to charge or won't turn on, check your device is dual voltage (you'll find these are normally marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to ensure proper use.

This list of instructions shows how to connect the Canadian power outlet to your tablet and refers to the Kindle Fire 1st generation. Please visit the Amazon page on WikiConnections for the full product range of the latest Amazon Kindle Fire tablets. You can identify the Kindle Fire 1st generation by the power button on the bottom and the Kindle logo on the rear of the tablet. This guide assumes you have installed firmware version 6.3.4 or greater for the Kindle Fire 1st generation, but if you don't please visit Amazon for the most recent Kindle software update to make sure you have the most up to date features for your Kindle. Go to the Amazon.com support site for the Kindle Fire 1st generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire 1st generation manual for more information.

Charging a Kindle Fire 1st generation in Canada

Can the Kindle Fire 1st generation be used in Canada?

You can connect a Kindle Fire 1st generation to a Canadian power outlet by using a power convertor.

What is the best travel adapter for a Kindle Fire 1st generation in Canada?

If travelling with more than your Kindle Fire 1st generation then the best international travel power adapter for Canada to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [7].

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world just by changing the supplied heads over. If your model of Kindle Fire 1st generation can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these power chargers and compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port adapter means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate power chargers for your trip to Canada or occupying additional power outlets. By only packing a single lightweight travel charger will keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage as well as being convenient for recharging your Kindle Fire 1st generation at the airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets and phones without using up an additional power outlet.

If you travel on a regular basis we recommend buying an adaptable power charger similar to this at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [7] which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Canada

The 4 port USB travel charger [7] 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 converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Canada and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 portable option for travellers originating from North America going to Canada using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly 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 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 Canada.
What is the best travel adapter for a Kindle Fire 1st generation in Canada?

How to use a Type A power charger for charging your Kindle Fire 1st generation from a Canadian power outlet

Simple instructions showing how to charge a Kindle Fire 1st generation with a Canadian power outlet by using type B USB cord and a three pin Type A USB adapter.

  1. If you want to power your Kindle Fire 1st generation from the Canadian 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. Start the process by taking the Type A USB power adapter and plugging it into the Canadian power outlet. You can identify this wall supply by two thin adjacent slots next to each other.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the USB power charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire 1st generation. At the bottom of the Kindle tablet found between the power button and the headphone socket you can find the USB port.
  4. Switch on the Canadian power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which appears at the top corner of the Kindle Fire 1st generation will show a charge icon to indicate that the device is charging.
  6. The tablet takes around 4 hours to completely charge to full capacity, but this is likely to take longer depending on the strength of the power source and if you are using the tablet during the recharging cycle. The battery life on your tablet should last approximately 7 to 8 hours depending on use. Please read the Kindle Fire 1st generation charging support page [4] for more details on the charging procedure and battery life.
How to use a Type A power charger for charging your Kindle Fire 1st generation from a Canadian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canada - wikipedia.org page about Canada
  2. https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&linkCode=ur2&nodeId=200711000&linkId=SLZV3UCJE7XZ4Y7M - Kindle Fire 1st generation instruction manual
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeA.htm - Type A power outlet
  4. https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&linkCode=ur2&nodeId=201119640&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=BHZDW336CXLI4M7V - Kindle Fire 1st generation charging support page
  5. Type A USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type A mains power outlet, C$15-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, under C$10.
  7. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced under C$20.