How to charge your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation from a power outlet in Costa Rica

Using USB micro Type B cable with a Type A power adapter to charge a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation with a Costa Rican power outlet and powering a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation using a 3 pinned Type B power plug.

Costa Rican power outlet

Various region codes and plugs can often cause confusion when planning on staying in a foreign country to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of common standards used in the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation in Costa Rica. These instructions were specifically written to help prepare people wanting to charge the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation abroad.The following simple guide shows how to power the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation when going to Costa Rica by using their B or A type 120 volt 60Hz wall outlets, a majority of Costa Ricans use the Type B wall outlets. If the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when you are visiting Costa Rica from a different region then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically devices which originated from a different country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) sometimes take longer to charge or won't turn on, check that the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation is dual voltage (you'll find these are usually indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to ensure proper use. If you are planning on visiting a Costa Rican destination like San José refer to the Costa Rica Wikipedia page [1] for more information.

This list of instructions shows how to connect the Costa Rican power outlet to your Third Generation Kindle Fire and refers to the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generationfrom the Kindle Fire product line. Please check these instructions relate to your exact Kindle Fire modelby visiting the Amazon page to see the full product range of the latest Amazon Kindle Fire, Fire HD and Fire HDX models. You can recognise the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation by the volume and power buttons on the back and an Amazon logo on the back. These instructions assume that you are using version 4.5.5 or greater of the operating system for the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation, however if not we suggest installing the latest Kindle software update which makes sure you have the latest fixes for your Kindle. For more information visit the manufacturers website at Amazon for the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation manual.

Charging a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation in Costa Rica

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

Yes, you can use a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation in Costa Rica by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation in Costa Rica?

When travelling to multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for Costa Rica is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [9]. Costa Ricans use two different types of plug sockets (types B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A. Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the plugs over. If your model of Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times with one of these power adapters, along with additional support for certain power demanding devices.

Unlike other travel adapters having a 4 port charger means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple travel adapters or occupying additional power outlets. Only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage whilst travelling and on hand for charging your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation at an airport or on a plane. Due to their flexibility these types of chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers without needing an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling often we recommend searching for this type of versatile power charger at an electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [9] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different 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 who only have USB devices such as the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 portable option for travellers originating from North America going to Costa Rica.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise 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 gives practically the same set of features as 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 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Costa Rica.
What is the best travel adapter for recharging a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation in Costa Rica?

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

Using USB micro Type B cable with a Type A power adapter to charge a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation with a Costa Rican power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation from 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 in the power supply. This power outlet, technically known as a Type A power outlet [3], is recognised by the two thin slots next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the power charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation. On the foot of your Fire located next to the power button you can find the USB port.
  4. Turn on the Costa Rican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found in the top corner of the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation will show a lightning icon which indicates that the device is charging.
  6. The tablet takes around under 6 hours to fully recharge, but this is likely to take longer if you are using the device during the recharging process. The Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation battery life is 9 - 11 hours depending on use. Please read the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery times.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation from a Costa Rican power outlet

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

Using USB Micro Type B connector and a Type B USB adapter to charge a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation from a Costa Rican power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation using a Costa Rican power outlet you'll need to use 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 in the Costa Rican power outlet. The plug outlet, sometimes called a Type B power outlet [7], is identified by 2 slots parallel to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet blades go with a hole below for the slightly longer earth pin.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the power charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation. You will find the USB port on the foot of your Fire located next to the power button.
  4. Turn on the Costa Rican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears at the top corner of the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the device is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation takes approximately under 6 hours to completely charge to 100 percent capacity, but this may be longer depending on the power strength and if you are using the tablet during the charging cycle. The Kindle battery life is around 9 to 11 hours. Please read the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation charging support page [4] for more details on the charging process and battery times.
Powering a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation with a Costa Rican power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Costa_Rica - Costa Rica Wikipedia 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=201295080&linkId=AD5IYD4P6GI4Y7F5 - Kindle Fire HD 3rd 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 HD 3rd 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