Charging the Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation when planning a trip to Costa Rica

Using USB Micro type B cord with a Type A USB charger to charge your Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation with a Costa Rican power outlet and recharging a Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation using a 3 pin Type B power charger.

Costa Rican power outlet

If planning a vacation it's useful to know if you can use any common electronics when you're there. But by not knowing which wall socket is used in Costa Rica you are more likely to bring the wrong adaptor, thereby leaving you needing to borrow a potentially expensive adaptor when you're there which might be incompatible and cause damage to your Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation. Various combinations of region codes and voltages can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country, especially if you've never been there before. If travelling to Costa Rica these instructions show how to supply power to the Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation by using their standard Type B or A Costa Rican 120 volt 60Hz plug outlets, please note Type B power outlets will be used by a majority of Costa Ricans. If your Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when travelling to Costa Rica from a different country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Devices which originated from another country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts sometimes take longer to charge or won't power up, check that your Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation is dual-voltage (normally indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to ensure proper use.

This guide shows you how to connect the Costa Rican power outlet to your 6" Kindle and refers to the Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation. Please visit the Amazon page where you'll see the full list of the latest Amazon Kindle Fire, Fire HD and Fire HDX tablets. This model of Kindle tablet can be identified by a front facing VGA camera, a rear facing HD camera, the power and volume buttons on the side and an Amazon logo on the back of the tablet. These instructions assume you are using version 4.5.5 or greater of Fire OS for the Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation, if not we recommend installing the most recent Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation software update which makes sure you have the most up-to-date set of features for your Kindle. For further information visit Amazon for the Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation instruction manual [2] .

Charging a Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation in Costa Rica

Can you use a Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation in Costa Rica?

You can use a Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation in Costa Rica by using a power adaptor.

What is the best travel charger for recharging a Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation in Costa Rica?

If you are travelling with more than your Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation or visiting more than one country the best international travel adapter for Costa Rica is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [9]. There are two different types of power outlets that Costa Ricans use (B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the included plugs over. If your Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers, plus additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other travel chargers this will allow you to power more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel chargers. Only packing a single lightweight travel charger will keep the weight and size down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand baggage. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets with just a single power outlet.

For those travelling to Costa Rica we suggest searching for this type of flexible travel charger online - the travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [9] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Costa Rica

The 4 port USB travel charger [9] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Costa Rica.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at 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 suitable for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Costa Rica.
What is the best travel charger for recharging a Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation in Costa Rica?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation from a Costa Rican power outlet

Using USB Micro type B cord with a Type A USB charger to charge your Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation with a Costa Rican power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation using the Costa Rican power outlet you will need to use a Type A USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type A USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can recognise this plug supply by the two slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Plug in one end of the Type B micro USB connector into the USB power adapter and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation. You will find the USB port on the top of your 6" Kindle located next to the power button.
  4. Switch on the Costa Rican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top corner of the Kindle tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that your device is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation takes under 6 hours to completely recharge to full capacity but this may take longer if you are using the tablet during the charging process. Typically the Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation battery life should last 7 to 8 hours. Please read the Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation charging support page [4] for more details on the recharging procedure.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation from a Costa Rican power outlet

Powering a Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation with a Costa Rican power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Using Type B USB Micro connector and a 3 pin Type B power adapter to recharge a Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation with a Costa Rican power outlet.

  1. To charge a Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation from a 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. Begin the process by plugging the Type B USB power adapter into the Costa Rican power outlet. You can recognise this plug supply by the two slots adjacent to each other with a semicircle hole below for the earth pin.
  3. Connect one end of the Type B USB Micro cable into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation. On the top of your Kindle tablet found next to the power button you will find the USB port.
  4. Turn on the Costa Rican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top corner of the Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation display will show a charge icon which indicates that the tablet is charging.
  6. The 6" Kindle takes approximately around 6 hours to fully charge, however this is likely to be longer depending on the power strength and if you are using the device during charging. Typically the battery life on your Forth Generation Kindle Fire is approximately 7 - 8 hours depending on how you use it. For more information please read the Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation charging support page [4] for more details on the charging process and battery life.
Powering a Kindle Fire HD 6 4th 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 Rican country entry on wikipedia
  2. https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&linkCode=ur2&nodeId=201596990&linkId=WFISVHSRCRSZTJA4 - Kindle Fire HD 6 4th 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 6 4th 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