How to charge the Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation when staying in Costa Rica

Using USB Micro Type B connector and a Type A power charger to power your Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation from a Costa Rican power outlet and how to recharge a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation using a Type B power plug.

Costa Rican power outlet

Differing voltages and sockets can all cause confusion when planning on staying in another country, especially if you've never been there before. This page has been specifically written to stop visitors needing to worry if they'll be able to power the Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation when going to Costa Rica.This useful guide will show you what you'll need to supply power to your Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation when you're travelling to Costa Rica by using the standard types B or A Costa Rican 120 volt 60Hz plug outlets, Type B power outlets are normally used by most Costa Ricans. If your Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation does not power up or charges slowly when you are travelling to 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 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.

The following page shows how to connect the Costa Rican power outlet to your 7 inch Kindle Fire HD Second Generation and this page refers to the Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation. Please ensure these instructions relate to your Kindle Fireby visiting the Amazon page where you'll find the full list of Amazon Kindle Fire, Fire HD and Fire HDX models. This particular model of the Kindle Fire can be recognised by a front facing camera, the volume and power buttons on the sides and a Kindle logo on the back. This guide assumes you have installed version 7.5.1 or greater of the Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation operating system, but if not please visit Amazon for the most recent Kindle software update to make sure you have all the latest features for your Kindle. For more information visit the support site at Amazon for the Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation instruction guide.

Charging a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation in Costa Rica

Can the Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation be used in Costa Rica?

You can connect a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation to a Costa Rican power outlet by using a power convertor.

What is the best power charger for a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation in Costa Rica?

If travelling to more than one country then the best international travel power adapter for Costa Rica to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [9]. There are two different standards of power outlets in Costa Rica (B and A) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type A. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the supplied heads over. If your model of Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation can support Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these power chargers plus support for certain power demanding devices. Unlike other travel adapters this will also allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to buy individual power chargers. Because you are only bringing a single lightweight travel charger will keep the overall weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling and suitable for recharging your Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation at the airport or on the plane. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when 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 frequently we recommend searching for a multipurpose power charger similar to this at an electronics retailer. The power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [9] which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world on a daily basis.

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 7 2nd generation, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unstable power grids. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact 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 travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs and is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half the 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 HD 7 2nd generation in Costa Rica?

Charging a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation from a Costa Rican power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

Using USB Micro Type B connector and a Type A power charger to power your Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation from a Costa Rican power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd 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 by inserting the Type A USB power adapter in the Costa Rican power outlet. The power supply (called a Type A power outlet [3]) can be identified by two thin adjacent slots next to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins slide into.
  3. Connect the USB end of the type B USB connector into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation. You'll find the USB port at the side of the tablet located to the right of the HDMI socket.
  4. Turn on the Costa Rican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears at the top corner of the Fire screen will show a charge icon to indicate that the device is charging.
  6. The takes around 5 hours to completely charge however this may take longer depending on the strength of the power supply and if you are using the tablet during recharging. Typically the battery life on the tablet should last approximately 7 to 10 hours depending on use. Please read the Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation charging support page [4] for more details on the recharging process and battery times.
Charging a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation from a Costa Rican power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

Charging a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation from a Costa Rican power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Using micro USB Type B cable with a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter to recharge your Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation from a Costa Rican power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation from the 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. Begin by inserting the Type B USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can recognise the power outlet by 2 slots parallel to each other with a single semicircle shaped hole below for the slightly longer earthed pin.
  3. Then connect one end of the type B USB cord into the USB power charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation. You will find the USB port at the side of the Kindle tablet found to the right of the HDMI connector.
  4. Turn on the Costa Rican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found in the top corner of the tablet display will display a lightning icon which indicates that your tablet is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation takes around less than 5 hours to fully charge however this may be longer if you are using the device whilst charging. Typically the battery life on the Kindle lasts around 7 to 10 hours depending on use. Please read the Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation charging support page [4] for more details on the charging procedure.
Charging a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation from a Costa Rican power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Costa_Rica - wikipedia.org page about Costa Rica
  2. https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&linkCode=ur2&nodeId=200939330&linkId=2Y75DDOG5AGHRIB2 - Kindle Fire HD 7 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 HD 7 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