How to charge the Kindle Fire 1st generation from a power outlet in Costa Rica

The WikiConnections page on how to power your Kindle Fire 1st generation with a Costa Rican power outlet by using Micro USB type B cable with a 3 pinned Type A power charger and powering a Kindle Fire 1st generation using a Type B power plug.

Costa Rican power outlet

Various voltages and sockets can all be confusing when planning to travel to a different country especially for the first time traveller. These instructions were written to stop visitors worrying if they can power the Kindle Fire 1st generation abroad.When going to Costa Rica the following instructions show charging your Kindle Fire 1st generation using the standard types B or A Costa Rican 120 volt 60Hz wall outlets, please note that Type B wall outlets will be normally used by most Costa Ricans. You'll discover most power sockets will vary depending on which region you're taking a trip to therefore please read the WikiConnections travel power connections list for a full list showing charging devices in different regions. If your Kindle Fire 1st generation does not power up or charges slowly when visiting Costa Rica from a different region check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Devices which come from another country which use a higher voltage (for example 220 volts) either take longer to charge or won't power up, so check that the Kindle Fire 1st generation is dual voltage (you'll find these are usually indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to ensure proper use.

The following page shows how to connect the Costa Rican power outlet to your Kindle original and this page refers to the Kindle Fire 1st generation not other tablets in the Kindle Fire range. Please ensure these instructions relate to your Kindle Fire by visiting the Amazon page to see the full product range of the latest Amazon Kindle Fire tablets. You can recognise this Kindle by the power button on the bottom and the Kindle logo on the rear of the tablet. These instructions assume you have installed version 6.3.4 or greater of the firmware for the Kindle Fire 1st generation, however if not please visit Amazon for the latest Kindle Fire 1st generation update which ensures you have all the latest fixes for your Kindle Fire. Visit Amazon for the Kindle Fire 1st generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire 1st generation PDF manual for more information.

Charging a Kindle Fire 1st generation in Costa Rica

Can the Kindle Fire 1st generation be used in Costa Rica?

You can connect a Kindle Fire 1st generation to a Costa Rican power outlet.

What is the best power charger for a Kindle Fire 1st generation in Costa Rica?

If travelling to multiple countries the best travel charger for Costa Rica to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [9]. Costa Ricans use two different types of plug sockets (B and A) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your Kindle Fire 1st generation supports Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these power chargers, and additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other chargers having a four port charger will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate power chargers for your trip to Costa Rica. Because you are only bringing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage as well as being on hand for charging your Kindle Fire 1st generation at an airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers without needing an additional power outlet.

If you travel on a regular basis we suggest buying this type of flexible power charger online. The power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [9] which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Costa Rica

The 4 port USB travel charger [9] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Costa Rica 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 compact option for travellers originating from North America going to Costa Rica.
  • 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 North America using type B plugs. This is a much 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 Costa Rica.
What is the best power charger for a Kindle Fire 1st generation in Costa Rica?

Powering a Kindle Fire 1st generation with a Costa Rican power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

The WikiConnections page on how to power your Kindle Fire 1st generation with a Costa Rican power outlet by using Micro USB type B cable with a 3 pinned Type A power charger.

  1. If you want to power a Kindle Fire 1st generation using a Costa Rican power outlet you will need a Type A USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type A USB power adapter and plugging it into the power outlet. This wall supply, sometimes known as the Type A power outlet [3], is identified by two thin slots adjacent to each other.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB type B connector into the power charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire 1st generation. You'll find the USB port at the bottom of the tablet located between the headphone socket and the power button.
  4. Turn on the Costa Rican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found in the top corner of the tablet screen will show a charge icon to indicate that the device is charging.
  6. The tablet takes roughly less than 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity however this may be longer depending on the power strength and if you are using the tablet during recharging. The Kindle tablet battery life is 7 - 8 hours depending on how you use the tablet. Please read the Kindle Fire 1st generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery times and the recharging process.
Powering a Kindle Fire 1st generation with a Costa Rican power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

How to use a Type B power charger for charging your Kindle Fire 1st generation from a Costa Rican power outlet

The WikiConnections page on how to recharge a Kindle Fire 1st generation with a Costa Rican power outlet by using Micro USB type B cable with a 3 pinned Type B power charger.

  1. If you want to charge the Kindle Fire 1st generation from the Costa Rican power outlet you'll need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Start by inserting the Type B USB power adapter in the Costa Rican power outlet. You can recognise the plug outlet by 2 slots parallel to each other with a semicircular hole below for the slightly longer earthed pin.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB type B connector into the power charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire 1st generation. You'll find the USB port at the bottom of the tablet located between the headphone connector and the power button.
  4. Turn on the Costa Rican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found in the top corner of the tablet screen will show a charge icon to indicate that the device is charging.
  6. The tablet takes roughly less than 4 hours to fully recharge however this may be longer depending on the power strength and if you are using the tablet during the recharging process. The Kindle tablet battery life is 7 - 8 hours depending on use. Please read the Kindle Fire 1st generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery times and the recharging process.
How to use a Type B power charger for charging your Kindle Fire 1st generation from a Costa Rican power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Costa_Rica - Costa Rican Wiki page
  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
  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
  7. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeB.htm - Type B power outlet
  8. Type B USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type B mains power outlet
  9. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters