How to charge a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation in Costa Rica

Simple instructions showing how to recharge your Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation from a Costa Rican power outlet with USB micro type B cord with a Type A USB adapter and powering a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation using a Type B USB adapter.

Costa Rican power outlet

If you are planning to travel it can be helpful to know if you can power all your essential electronics when you arrive. By not knowing which wall socket is used in Costa Rica you are likely to bring the wrong power charger, therefore leaving you having to purchase a suitable adaptor when you're there that might be incompatible. Different standards and voltages can often cause confusion when planning to travel to another country especially to the first time traveller. This page has been written to prepare people wanting to charge the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation abroad.This step-by-step guide will show how to charge your Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation when you are in Costa Rica by using their types B or A Costa Rican 120 volt 60Hz power outlets, please be aware Type B plug outlets are normally used by a majority of Costa Ricans. You will discover that power sockets will vary depending on which area you are visiting therefore we suggest reading the World power supplies page for a full list of countries. If your Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when you are travelling to Costa Rica from another country please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Devices which originate from a country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) sometimes take longer to charge or won't power up, so check your Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to ensure proper use.

The following page shows you how to connect the Costa Rican power outlet to the and this page refers to the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generationfrom the Kindle Fire series. Please ensure these instructions relate to your Kindle Fire model, visit the Amazon page to see the full series of the latest Amazon Kindle Fire models. You can identify this particular version of Kindle Fire by a front facing camera, the volume and power buttons on the sides and the Kindle logo on the back. These instructions assume you have installed version 8.5.1 or greater of the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation firmware, if not we suggest installing the most recent Kindle update to ensure you have the most up-to-date fixes for your Kindle. Visit the support site at Amazon.com for the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation instruction guide for more information.

Charging a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation in Costa Rica

Can the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation be used in Costa Rica?

Yes, you can use a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation in Costa Rica.

What is the best power adapter for recharging a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation in Costa Rica?

If travelling to multiple countries or bringing more than just your Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation the best international travel charger for Costa Rica is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [9]. Costa Ricans use two different standards of plug sockets (types B and A) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type A. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the heads over. If your Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these USB travel chargers along with additional support for more power hungry devices. Unlike other travel adapters this means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to pack multiple travel chargers. By only packing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage and convenient for charging your Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation at an airport or on the flight. Because of their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets with just a single plug socket.

We recommend searching for a flexible power adapter of this nature online. The travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [9] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world.

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 8.9 2nd generation, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Costa Rica 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 best selling compact power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Costa Rica using type B American plug sockets.
  • 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 originating from the US using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Costa Rica.
What is the best power adapter for recharging a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation in Costa Rica?

Charging a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation from a Costa Rican power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

Using Type B Micro USB connector with a three pin Type A USB charger to recharge a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation with a Costa Rican power outlet.

  1. In order to power a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation from the 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 taking the Type A USB power adapter and inserting it in the power outlet. The wall supply (sometimes known as a Type A power outlet [3]) is recognised by 2 adjacent slots where the twin pins go.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB micro Type B cord into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation. You will find the USB port at the side of your Second Generation Kindle Fire situated to the right of the HDMI socket.
  4. Switch on the Costa Rican power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which is found in the top corner of the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation screen will display a charge icon to indicate that your device is charging.
  6. The Fire takes approximately under 5 hours to completely charge, however this may take longer if you are using the tablet during charging. The 8.9" Kindle battery life should last approximately 9 - 11 hours depending on use. For more information on charging please read the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery life and the charging process.
Charging a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation from a Costa Rican power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation from a Costa Rican power outlet

Using type B USB cable and a three pinned Type B power charger to charge a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation from a Costa Rican power outlet.

  1. To charge your Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation using 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. Firstly plug the Type B USB power adapter into the Costa Rican power outlet. You can recognise the wall outlet by the 2 thin slots next to each other for live and neutral blades with a hole below for the longer grounded pin.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation. You'll find the USB port on the side of your 8.9" Kindle found to the right of the HDMI output.
  4. Switch on the Costa Rican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found at the top corner of the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation display will display a charging icon which indicates that your device is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation takes approximately less than 5 hours to completely recharge to full capacity, however this may take longer depending on the power strength and if you are using the tablet during the recharging process. The battery life on the tablet should last roughly 9 - 11 hours. Please read the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery life.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation from a Costa Rican power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Costa_Rica - Costa Rican 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=201016060&linkId=DLOFYKA26TCA5NOB - Kindle Fire HD 8.9 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 8.9 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