Charging your Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation from a power outlet in Costa Rica

Using Type B Micro USB cable and a Type A power adapter to recharge your Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation with a Costa Rican power outlet and how to power a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation using a Type B power adapter.

Costa Rican power outlet

When organizing a holiday to Costa Rica it can be helpful to know if you can power all your gadgets such as mobiles and tablets when you get to your destination. By not knowing which power socket is being used you are more likely to bring the wrong power charger, therefore needing to buy a potentially expensive adaptor on arrival. Various standards and plug types can often lead to confusion when planning to travel to another country if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation . This page was written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation when you're in staying in Costa Rica.If you're visiting Costa Rica the following instructions show how to power your Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation by using their types B or A 120 volt 60Hz power outlets, please be aware Type B plug outlets are typically used by most Costa Ricans. If the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation charges slowly or does not power up when visiting Costa Rica from a different country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally devices which come from a country which use a higher voltage such as 240 volts sometimes take longer to charge or won't power up, so check the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation is dual-voltage (normally marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to ensure proper use. If you plan to visit a destination like San José or Limón we recommend reading the Wikipedia web page about Costa Rica [1] for more information.

These instructions show you how to connect the Costa Rican power outlet to your Third Generation Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 and this page refers to the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation. Visit the Amazon page to see the full range of the latest Amazon Kindle Fire, Fire HD and Fire HDX tablets. You can identify this Kindle Fire by front and rear facing cameras, the power and volume buttons on the back and the Amazon logo on the back of the tablet. This page assumes that you are using version 4.5.5 or greater of Fire OS for the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation, if not please visit Amazon for the most recent Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation OS update to make sure you have all the latest fixes for your Kindle. For further information go to the manufacturers site at Amazon.com for the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation user guide.

Charging a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation in Costa Rica

Can you use a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation in Costa Rica?

You can connect a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation to a Costa Rican power outlet by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best travel charger for a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation in Costa Rica?

When travelling to multiple countries then the best travel adapter for Costa Rica is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [9]. There are two different types of wall outlets in Costa Rica (B and A) and using a travel adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type A.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by changing the plugs over. If your Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these travel chargers along with support for more power demanding devices.

Unlike other chargers having a 4 port charger means you can recharge multiple devices at once without needing to bring individual power adapters. By only needing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of chargers can be used when you return home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers without using up an additional plug socket.

If you travel to Costa Rica we recommend buying this type of versatile travel charger online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [9] which has been tested successfully for charging multiple USB devices in numerous 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 HDX 8.9 3rd generation, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable power grids. These power adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power adapter for travellers originating from North America going to Costa Rica.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This offers the same set of features as the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Costa Rica.
What is the best travel charger for a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation in Costa Rica?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation from a Costa Rican power outlet

Using Micro USB type B connector and a Type A USB adapter to power a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation with a Costa Rican power outlet.

  1. In order to power a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation from 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. Start by plugging the Type A USB power adapter into the Costa Rican power outlet. The power supply, technically known as a Type A power outlet [3], is identified by the two adjacent slots next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Connect one end of the USB micro type B cable into the bottom of the mains power adapter and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation. You'll find the USB port on the base of the tablet found next to the power button.
  4. Switch on the Costa Rican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found at the top corner of the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation display will display a lightning bolt icon which indicates that the tablet is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation takes less than 6 hours to fully charge, however this may take longer depending on the power strength and if you are using the device whilst recharging. The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation battery life lasts approximately 9 - 12 hours. Please read the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery times and the charging procedure.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation from a Costa Rican power outlet

Powering a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation with a Costa Rican power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

A guide showing how to power your Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation with a Costa Rican power outlet with type B USB micro cord with a three pin Type B power charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd 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. First you'll need to insert the Type B USB power adapter in the power outlet. The power supply, technically called a Type B power outlet [7], can be identified by the 2 slots adjacent to each other with a single semicircular shaped hole below for the longer grounded pin.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the USB adapter and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation. On the bottom of the tablet situated 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 HDX Third Generation will show a charging icon to indicate that your device is charging.
  6. The Third Generation Kindle Fire takes around under 6 hours to completely recharge to 100 percent capacity but this is likely to be longer if you are using the tablet during the recharging process. Typically the battery life on the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation should last 9 to 12 hours depending on how you use it. Please read the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery life.
Powering a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 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 - Wikipedia web 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=201342250&linkId=ZJQS5ETWIYEWYT2M - Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 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 8.9 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