Charging a Kindle Fire 2nd generation when staying in America

Using type B USB cable with a three pin Type A power charger to recharge a Kindle Fire 2nd generation from an American power outlet and charging a Kindle Fire 2nd generation using a three pin Type B USB plug.

American power outlet

Various standards and plugs can all be confusing when planning to travel to another country to the first time traveller. This page was written to prepare people wanting to power the Kindle Fire 2nd generation abroad.If you're staying in America this page contains useful instructions showing you how to power your Kindle Fire 2nd generation by using the Type B or A American 120 volt 60Hz plug outlets, most Americans typically use the Type B sockets in their wall outlets. If your Kindle Fire 2nd generation charges slowly or does not power up when you are visiting America from a different country then check that it is compatible with a 120 volt power supply. Typically electrical devices which come from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts either take longer to charge or won't turn on, check that your device is dual voltage (normally indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to ensure proper use.

This list of instructions shows you how to connect the American power outlet to the and this page refers to the Kindle Fire 2nd generationfrom the Kindle Fire series. We recommend visiting the Amazon page for the full list of the latest Amazon Kindle Fire models. You can recognise this particular version of Kindle Fire by the volume and power buttons on the sides and a Kindle logo on the rear of the tablet. This guide assumes that you are using version 10.5.1 or greater of the Kindle Fire 2nd generation Fire OS, however if you don't visit Amazon for the latest Kindle Fire 2nd generation software update which ensures you have all the latest set of features for your tablet. For further information visit the Amazon support site for the Kindle Fire 2nd generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire 2nd generation manual.

Charging a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in America

Can you use a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in America?

Yes, you can connect a Kindle Fire 2nd generation to an American power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best travel charger for a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in America?

When travelling with more than your Kindle Fire 2nd generation then the best travel adapter for America is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [9]. There are two standards of power outlets that Americans use (B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by changing the supplied plugs. If your model of Kindle Fire 2nd generation is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times by using one of these types of power adapters, plus compatibility with more power demanding devices.

This will allow you to recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring individual power adapters on your American trip or occupying additional wall sockets. By only needing a single lightweight travel charger will keep the overall size down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage while travelling and on hand for charging your Kindle Fire 2nd generation at the airport or on a flight. Due to their versatility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets using just a single plug socket.

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

Alternative travel adapter for America

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 2nd generation, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for travellers to counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both America 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 portable option for travellers originating from America going to America using type B plug sockets.
  • 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 and is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting America.
What is the best travel charger for a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in America?

Charging a Kindle Fire 2nd generation from an American power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

Using type B USB cable with a three pin Type A power charger to recharge a Kindle Fire 2nd generation from an American power outlet.

  1. To power the Kindle Fire 2nd generation from an American power outlet you'll need to use a Type A USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Begin by plugging the Type A USB power adapter in the American power outlet. This ungrounded power outlet, technically called the Type A power outlet [3], is identified by 2 thin adjacent slots next to each other.
  3. Then connect the USB 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 2nd generation. You'll 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 American power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which is found in the top corner of the Kindle Fire 2nd generation will display a charge icon to indicate that your tablet is charging.
  6. The 7" Kindle takes under 5 hours to fully charge, but this may be longer if you are using the device during recharging. Typically the battery life on your Kindle Fire 2nd generation is roughly 8 to 9 hours depending on how you use the tablet. Please read the Kindle Fire 2nd generation charging support page [4] for more details on the recharging process.
Charging a Kindle Fire 2nd generation from an American power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from an American power outlet

Using type B USB cable with a three pinned Type B power charger to recharge a Kindle Fire 2nd generation from an American power outlet.

  1. In order to charge a Kindle Fire 2nd 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. First plug in the Type B USB power adapter in the power supply. You can recognise this wall outlet by the 2 thin slots parallel 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 2nd generation. You'll find the USB port at the side of your Second Generation Kindle Fire situated to the right of the HDMI connector.
  4. Switch on the American power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which is found in the top corner of the Kindle Fire 2nd generation will display a charge icon to indicate that your tablet is charging.
  6. The Second Generation Kindle Fire HD takes under 5 hours to fully charge, but this may be longer if you are using the device during recharging. Typically the battery life on your Kindle Fire 2nd generation is around 8 to 9 hours depending on how you use the tablet. Please read the Kindle Fire 2nd generation charging support page [4] for more details on the recharging process.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from an American power outlet

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=201009560&linkId=EHVRDTACVKWJ25RH - Kindle Fire 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 2nd generation charging support page
  5. Type A USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type A mains power outlet, priced under 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, estimated cost under 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, estimated price 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, estimated price C$15-C$20.