Charging your Kindle Fire 1st generation from a power outlet in America

The WikiConnections guide showing how to charge your Kindle Fire 1st generation from an American power outlet with USB type B cord with a 3 pin Type A USB charger and how to power a Kindle Fire 1st generation using a Type B power adapter.

American power outlet

If you are organizing a trip it can often be helpful to know in advance if you can use any essential devices when you're there. However, without knowing which wall socket is used in America you could end up either over packing with too many adaptors or pack the wrong power adaptor, therefore leaving you having to purchase a suitable power adaptor when you're there which might not be compatible. Complicated standards and plug types can often cause confusion when planning to travel to another country if you've never been there before. This page contains useful instructions which shows how to power your Kindle Fire 1st generation when going to America using their standard B or A type 120 volt 60Hz wall outlets, Type B wall outlets are used by a majority of Americans. If your Kindle Fire 1st generation doesn't power up or recharges slowly when you are visiting America from another country please check that it is compatible with a 120 volt power supply. Electrical devices which originated from a different country which use a higher voltage (for example 220 volts) may take longer to charge or won't turn on, check that your device is a dual voltage device (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to ensure proper use.

The following list of instructions show you how to connect the American power outlet to the tablet and this page refers to the Kindle Fire 1st generation. Please visit the Amazon page for the full series of the latest Amazon Kindle Fire, Fire HD and Fire HDX tablets. You can identify this Kindle Fire by a power button on the bottom and a Kindle logo on the rear. These instructions assume you are using version 6.3.4 or greater of the Fire OS operating system for the Kindle Fire 1st generation, but if you don't we suggest installing the most recent Kindle Fire 1st generation update which ensures you have all the latest fixes for your Kindle. Visit Amazon for the Kindle Fire 1st generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire 1st generation guide for further information.

Charging a Kindle Fire 1st generation in America

Can you use a Kindle Fire 1st generation in America?

You can connect a Kindle Fire 1st generation to an American power outlet.

What is the best power charger for recharging a Kindle Fire 1st generation in America?

If travelling with more than just your Kindle Fire 1st generation and visiting more than one country the best international travel charger for America to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [9]. Americans use two different standards of wall outlets (types B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A. As these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by changing the included plugs over. If your Kindle Fire 1st generation can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times by using one of these USB travel chargers, and compatibility with more power demanding devices like tablets.

This will allow you to power multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack individual travel chargers on your American trip or occupying additional wall outlets. Because you are only bringing a single international travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage and suitable for charging your Kindle Fire 1st generation at the airport or on the plane. Due to their space saving versatility 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 and smartphones using just a single wall outlet.

If you travel frequently we suggest searching for a multipurpose power adapter like this at your preferred electronics retailer - the power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [9] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for America

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 1st generation, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable 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 adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting America.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs. This gives almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a flexible 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 America.
What is the best power charger for recharging a Kindle Fire 1st generation in America?

How to use a Type A power charger for charging your Kindle Fire 1st generation from an American power outlet

Learn how to charge your Kindle Fire 1st generation from an American power outlet with USB Type B cord with a three pin Type A power charger.

  1. In order to supply power to your Kindle Fire 1st generation from an American 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. First you'll need to insert the Type A USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can recognise the wall outlet by two adjacent slots next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Then connect one end of the Micro USB type B cord into the bottom of the power adapter and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire 1st generation. At the base of your Kindle Fire 1st generation found between the power button and the headphone socket you'll find the USB port.
  4. Turn on the American power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top corner of the Kindle Fire 1st generation screen will display a charging icon which indicates that the tablet is charging.
  6. The 1st generation Kindle Fire takes roughly under 4 hours to completely recharge to 100 percent capacity but this is likely to be longer if you are using the tablet during the recharging cycle. Typically the battery life on your 1st generation Kindle Fire lasts 7 to 8 hours depending on how you use it. Please read the Kindle Fire 1st generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery times and the charging process.
How to use a Type A power charger for charging your Kindle Fire 1st generation from an American power outlet

Powering a Kindle Fire 1st generation with an American power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Using Micro USB type B connector and a Type B USB charger to recharge a Kindle Fire 1st generation from an American power outlet.

  1. To power the Kindle Fire 1st generation using the American power outlet you'll need 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 inserting it in the American power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by two slots next to each other with a single hole below for the grounded pin.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire 1st generation. You'll find the USB port on the foot of the Kindle situated between the headphone socket and the power button.
  4. Switch on the American power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which is found at the top corner of the 1st generation Kindle Fire screen will show a charging icon to indicate that your device is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire 1st generation takes around around 4 hours to fully charge, however this may take longer depending on the power strength and if you are using the device during recharging. The Kindle Fire 1st generation battery life lasts approximately 7 - 8 hours. For further information please read the Kindle Fire 1st generation charging support page [4] for more details on the recharging procedure.
Powering a Kindle Fire 1st generation with an American power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

  1. https://www.visittheusa.co.uk/ - Visit The USA
  2. https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&linkCode=ur2&nodeId=200711000&linkId=SLZV3UCJE7XZ4Y7M - Kindle Fire 1st 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 1st generation charging support page
  5. Type A USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type A mains power outlet, estimated cost C$15-C$20.
  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, C$5-C$10.
  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, costs under C$20.
  9. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, under C$20.