How to charge the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation when staying in Costa Rica

Using Type B micro USB connector and a Type A power charger to power your Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation from a Costa Rican power outlet and charging a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter.

Costa Rican power outlet

Various frequencies and region codes can all be daunting when planning on travelling to another country, especially for the first time traveller. However this isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what to purchase in advance to charge your Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation in Costa Rica. This page has useful instructions which shows exactly how to power the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation when travelling to Costa Rica by using the standard Type B or A Costa Rican 120 volt 60Hz plug outlets, Type B power outlets are used by most Costa Ricans. Power sources will change from country to country therefore we suggest that you read the Wiki Connections world power supplies page for a full list showing regions and countries. If your Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation charges slowly or does not power up when travelling to Costa Rica from another region please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally devices which originate from a different country which use a higher voltage (for example 220 volts) can take longer to charge or won't turn on, check your device is dual-voltage (you'll find these are usually indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to ensure proper use.

This list of instructions shows you how to connect the Costa Rican power outlet to the 8.9" Kindle Fire HDX Forth Generation and this page refers to the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation not other tablets in the Kindle Fire range. Please visit the Amazon page on WikiConnections to see the full series of the latest Amazon Kindle Fire models. This Kindle version can be recognised by rear and front facing cameras, the volume and power buttons on the back and an Amazon logo on the back. This guide assumes you have installed version 4.5.5 or greater of the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation OS, but if not please visit Amazon for the most recent Kindle software update to make sure you have all the latest fixes for your device. Go to the Amazon.com website for the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation instruction manual [2] for more information.

Charging a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation in Costa Rica

Can the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation be used in Costa Rica?

You can connect a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation to a Costa Rican power outlet.

What is the best power adapter for recharging a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation in Costa Rica?

When you are travelling with more than just your Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation or visiting multiple countries 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 (types B and A) and bringing this will ensure 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 multiple countries around the world simply by switching the plugs. If your Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these power chargers and additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters this will also allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring multiple travel adapters on your trip to Costa Rica or occupying additional power outlets. Only packing a single lightweight travel charger will keep the size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage. 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 this type of versatile travel adapter online, the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [9] which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Costa Rica

The 4 port USB travel charger [9] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips 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 covering both Costa Rica and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor 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 using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs. This offers almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at 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 ideal for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Costa Rica.
What is the best power adapter for recharging a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation in Costa Rica?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation from a Costa Rican power outlet

Using Type B micro USB connector and a Type A power charger to power your Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation from a Costa Rican power outlet.

  1. To supply power to a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th 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. Insert the Type A USB power adapter in the wall outlet. The power outlet, technically known as the Type A power outlet [3], is recognised by the two thin adjacent slots next to each other where the twin plug outlet pins slide into.
  3. Connect the USB end of the type B USB cord into the USB power charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation. You can find the USB port on the foot of your Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 inch Forth Generation found next to the power button.
  4. Turn on the Costa Rican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found in the top corner of the display will display a lightning icon which indicates that your tablet is charging.
  6. The takes less than 6 hours to completely charge to full capacity, but this is likely to take longer depending on the strength of the power supply and if you are using the tablet during recharging. Typically the battery life is 10 - 12 hours. Please read the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation charging support page [4] for more details on the charging procedure and battery times.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation from a Costa Rican power outlet

Charging a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation from a Costa Rican power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

The WikiConnections page on how to power your Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation from a Costa Rican power outlet with type B USB cord and a Type B power charger.

  1. If you want to power your Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th 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. Start the process by taking the Type B USB power adapter and plugging it into the Costa Rican power outlet. You can identify this wall supply by 2 slots with a hole below for the earthed pin.
  3. Connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation. On the foot of your tablet located next to the power button you can find the USB port.
  4. Switch on the Costa Rican power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which appears at the top corner of the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation will show a charge icon to indicate that the device is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation takes around less than 6 hours to fully recharge however this may be longer if you are using the device during the charging cycle. The battery life on your should last approximately 10 to 12 hours depending on use. For further information on charging the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation please read the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery life.
Charging a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th 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=201597010&linkId=VKCJFRPACVESDX7I - Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 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 HDX 8.9 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