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

Instructions showing how to recharge your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation from a Costa Rican power outlet with USB Micro Type B cable with a Type A power charger and how to recharge a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation using a three pinned Type B USB adapter.

Costa Rican power outlet

If you are organizing a vacation to Costa Rica it's helpful to know if you can charge any vital gadgets such as cell phones and cameras that you are bringing along with you. But without knowing which plug socket is being used you are more likely to bring the wrong power adaptor, thereby leaving you needing to purchase a potentially overpriced adaptor when you arrive. Varying different combinations of voltages and sockets can all be daunting when planning to visit a different country for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of common standards used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation . These guidelines were written to stop travellers worrying if they can power their Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation when they're visiting Costa Rica.If you're travelling to Costa Rica the following instructions show charging your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation by using the standard types B or A 120 volt 60Hz power outlets, please be aware Type B wall outlets will be typically used by a majority of Costa Ricans. If the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation does not power up or charges slowly when travelling to Costa Rica from another country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally devices which originate from another country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) sometimes take longer to charge or won't power up, so check that the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to ensure proper use.

This guide shows you how to connect the Costa Rican power outlet to the tablet and refers to the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generationfrom the Kindle Fire range. Please check these instructions relate to your exact Kindle Fireby visiting the Amazon page for the full product range of the latest Amazon Kindle Fire, Fire HD and Fire HDX models. This Kindle Fire version can be recognised by a front facing HD camera, the power and volume buttons on the back and the Amazon logo on the rear. This guide assumes you have installed OS version 4.5.5 or greater for the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation, if you don't visit Amazon for the most recent Kindle firmware update which ensures you have the latest set of features for your Kindle. Visit the Amazon website for the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation instruction guide for further information.

Charging a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation in Costa Rica

Can the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation be used in Costa Rica?

You can connect a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation to a Costa Rican power outlet.

What is the best power charger for a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation in Costa Rica?

If you are travelling with more than just your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation then the best international travel charger for Costa Rica is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible 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 are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the supplied heads. If your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation supports Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these types of USB travel adapters, plus support for certain power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters having a four port charger will also allow you to power multiple devices at once without needing to buy individual travel adapters or using up additional wall outlets. By only packing a single travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage. Due to their versatility these types of power chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers without needing an additional wall outlet.

We suggest searching for a multipurpose power charger similar to this online, the power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [9] which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

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 HDX 3rd generation, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be necessary for visitors of regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Costa Rica 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 portable power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Costa Rica using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • 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 America using type B plugs. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 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 perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Costa Rica.
What is the best power charger for a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation in Costa Rica?

Powering a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation with a Costa Rican power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Instructions showing how to recharge your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation from a Costa Rican power outlet with USB Micro Type B cable with a Type A power charger.

  1. In order to charge your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd 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 taking the Type A USB power adapter and plugging it in the Costa Rican power outlet. You can recognise the plug outlet by the 2 slots next to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins slide into.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the USB power charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation. On the bottom of the tablet 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 tablet screen will show a charge icon which indicates that your tablet is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation takes approximately less than 6 hours to completely charge to 100 percent capacity, but this is likely to be longer if you are using the tablet during the recharging process. The battery life on your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation should last approximately 9 to 12 hours. Please read the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery times.
Powering a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation with a Costa Rican power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

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

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

  1. To power your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation from the 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 you'll need to insert the Type B USB power adapter into the wall outlet. The plug outlet, technically known as a Type B power outlet [7], is recognised by the two thin slots parallel to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet blades slide into with a semicircular shaped hole below for the slightly longer ground pin.
  3. Plug in 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 HDX 3rd generation. You'll find the USB port at the base of your Kindle situated 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 HDX 3rd generation will show a lightning icon which indicates that your tablet is charging.
  6. The Third Generation Kindle Fire takes around 6 hours to completely charge to 100% capacity however this may be longer depending on the strength of the power supply and if you are using the tablet during the charging cycle. The battery life on the Kindle tablet should last around 9 - 12 hours. Please read the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery times.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation from a Costa Rican power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Costa_Rica - Costa Rica Wiki 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=201303400&linkId=TE3JUEOED6G5HTG3 - Kindle Fire HDX 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 HDX 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