How to charge your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a power outlet in Costa Rica

A step-by-step guide showing how to recharge your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a Costa Rican power outlet by using Type B USB connector with a Type A power charger and charging a Kindle Fire 2nd generation using a Type B power charger.

Costa Rican power outlet

If packing for a trip it can be helpful to know if you'll be able to power any electrical devices such as cell phones and laptops when you arrive. Without knowing which plug socket is being used in Costa Rica you are likely to bring the wrong power adaptor, leaving you needing to buy a suitable adaptor on arrival that might not be compatible. Varying different combinations of frequencies and standards can often be daunting when planning on staying in another country to the first time traveller. When going to Costa Rica this page contains instructions showing how to charge your Kindle Fire 2nd generation using the standard types B or A 120 volt 60Hz power outlets, you will find most Costa Ricans will use Type B wall outlets. If the Kindle Fire 2nd generation charges slowly or does not power up when travelling to Costa Rica from another region please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Devices which come from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts may take longer to charge or won't turn on, check your Kindle Fire 2nd generation is a dual voltage device (usually indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to ensure proper use.

These instructions show you how to connect the Costa Rican power outlet to the Kindle Fire HD7 Second Generation and refers to the Kindle Fire 2nd generationfrom the Kindle Fire series. Visit the Amazon page on WikiConnections to see the full list of Amazon Kindle Fire tablets. This model of the Kindle is identified by the volume and power buttons on the sides and a Kindle logo on the back of the tablet. These instructions assume you have installed OS version 10.5.1 or greater for the Kindle Fire 2nd generation, if not please visit Amazon for the latest Kindle Fire 2nd generation firmware update to make sure you have the latest fixes for your Kindle. Visit the Amazon.com support site for the Kindle Fire 2nd generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire 2nd generation user manual for more information.

Charging a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in Costa Rica

Can the Kindle Fire 2nd generation be used in Costa Rica?

You can use a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in Costa Rica.

What is the best power charger for a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in Costa Rica?

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

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by switching the plugs over. If your model of Kindle Fire 2nd generation supports Fast Charge (note not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times with one of these types of USB travel chargers plus additional compatibility with more power demanding devices. Unlike other adapters having a 4 port adapter means you can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple travel chargers for your trip. Only packing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling and convenient for charging your Kindle Fire 2nd generation at an airport or on a plane. Due to their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets without needing an additional power outlet.

We recommend searching for an adaptable travel adapter of this nature at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [9] which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Costa Rica

The 4 port USB travel charger [9] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power converters come 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 most popular compact power adapter for travellers originating from America visiting Costa Rica.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs and is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at 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 Costa Rica.
What is the best power charger for a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in Costa Rica?

How to use a Type A power charger for charging your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a Costa Rican power outlet

Using micro USB Type B cable with a Type A USB adapter to recharge your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a Costa Rican power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the Kindle Fire 2nd generation using a Costa Rican power outlet you will need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type A USB power adapter in the Costa Rican power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by the 2 slots adjacent to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet blades sit.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the micro USB Type B cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire 2nd generation. On the side of your Fire found next to the HDMI output you will find the USB port.
  4. Switch on the Costa Rican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found in the top corner of the 7" Kindle display will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is charging.
  6. The takes roughly less than 5 hours to fully recharge to full capacity, but this is likely to be longer depending on the power strength and if you are using the tablet during charging. Typically the Fire battery life lasts approximately 8 to 9 hours. Please read the Kindle Fire 2nd generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery times.
How to use a Type A power charger for charging your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a Costa Rican power outlet

How to use a Type B power charger for charging your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a Costa Rican power outlet

A step-by-step guide showing how to recharge your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a Costa Rican power outlet by using Type B USB connector with a Type B power charger.

  1. To supply power to your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from the Costa Rican power outlet you'll need a Type B USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. First plug the Type B USB power adapter into the Costa Rican power outlet. You can recognise the power supply by two thin slots next to each other for live and neutral blades with a single hole below for the slightly longer ground pin.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the mains power charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire 2nd generation. You'll find the USB port at the side of your located to the right of the HDMI output.
  4. Turn on the Costa Rican power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which appears at the top corner of the Kindle Fire 2nd generation will show a lightning bolt icon which indicates that your device is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire 2nd generation takes around around 5 hours to completely charge however this may take longer if you are using the device during the recharging process. The battery life on your Kindle Fire 2nd generation lasts 8 - 9 hours depending on use. For further information please read the Kindle Fire 2nd generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery life and the recharging process.
How to use a Type B power charger for charging your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a Costa Rican power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Costa_Rica - Costa Rica Wikipedia web 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=201009560&linkId=EHVRDTACVKWJ25RH - Kindle Fire 2nd 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 2nd 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