Charging the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation when visiting America

Using type B Micro USB cable and a 3 pin Type A power adapter to recharge a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation with an American power outlet and charging a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation using a three pin Type B power adapter.

American power outlet

When packing for a holiday it's useful to know if you can use any important electrical devices such as mobile phones or tablets at your hotel. But by not knowing which wall socket is being used in America you may pack the wrong power charger, thereby leaving you needing to buy or borrow a suitable power adaptor on arrival that might be incompatible and cause damage to your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation. Various combinations of region codes and sockets can often be confusing when planning on visiting another country especially if you've never been there before. These instructions have been specifically written to prevent you having to worry if you'll be able to charge the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation abroad.This page contains step-by-step instructions which shows how to supply power to the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation when you're visiting America using the types B or A 120 volt 60Hz wall outlets, a majority of Americans will use the Type B power outlets. Power sockets will vary depending on which country you are travelling to so we recommend reading the list of World power supplies for a full list of regions and countries. If the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation charges slowly or does not power up when you are visiting America from another country check that it is compatible with a 120 volt power supply. Typically electrical devices which originate from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts sometimes take longer to charge or won't power up, check that your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation is dual voltage (you'll find these are normally marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to ensure proper use.

The following instructions show you how to connect the American power outlet to your Kindle Fire HD Third Generation and refers to the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation. We recommend visiting the Amazon page on WikiConnections for the full range of Amazon Kindle Fire models. You can identify this Kindle model by the power and volume buttons on the back and an Amazon logo on the rear. This page assumes that you have installed version 4.5.5 or greater of the Fire OS operating system for the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation, if not we recommend installing the most recent Kindle update to make sure you have the latest features for your Kindle. Go to Amazon for the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation instruction manual for further information.

Charging a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation in America

Can you use a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation in America?

Yes, you can connect a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation to an American power outlet.

What is the best power adapter for a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation in America?

When travelling with more than just your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation or visiting more than one country the best travel charger for America to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [9]. There are two standards of wall outlets that Americans use (B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times by using one of these USB power adapters along with compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets. This means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack individual power chargers. Only needing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage while travelling. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones with just a single power outlet.

We recommend buying this type of versatile power adapter online; the travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [9] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

Alternative travel adapter for America

The 4 port USB travel charger [9] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both America and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting America.
  • 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 originating from America using type B plugs and offers the same set of features as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting America.
What is the best power adapter for a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation in America?

How to use a Type A power charger for charging your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation from an American power outlet

A guide showing how to recharge a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation with an American power outlet using USB Type B cord with a Type A USB adapter.

  1. If you want to power a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation from an American power outlet you'll need a Type A USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Start by inserting the Type A USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can recognise this plug supply by the two slots next to each other.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation. On the bottom of your Kindle Fire HD Third Generation located next to the power button you'll find the USB port.
  4. Turn on the American power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which is found at the top corner of the Kindle Fire HD Third Generation will display a lightning bolt icon to indicate that your device is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation takes under 6 hours to completely recharge, however this is likely to be longer depending on the power strength and if you are using the device during the charging process. Typically the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation battery life should last 9 to 11 hours depending on use. Please read the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery life and the recharging procedure.
How to use a Type A power charger for charging your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation from an American power outlet

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

Using Type B USB Micro cable and a Type B USB charger to charge your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation with an American power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation using the American power outlet you will need to use a Type B USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Insert the Type B USB power adapter into the American power outlet. You can recognise this plug supply by the two slots next to each other for live and neutral blades with a semicircle hole below for the earth pin.
  3. Connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the mains power adapter and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation. You can find the USB port at the foot of the Kindle Fire Third Generation found next to the power button.
  4. Switch on the American power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which is found at the top corner of the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation display will show a charging icon to indicate that your device is charging.
  6. The 7 inch Kindle Fire takes around less than 6 hours to completely recharge to full capacity but this may take longer depending on the power strength and if you are using the device during charging. The battery life on your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation lasts roughly 9 to 11 hours. Please read the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery times and the charging procedure.
Powering a Kindle Fire HD 3rd 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=201295080&linkId=AD5IYD4P6GI4Y7F5 - Kindle Fire HD 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 HD 3rd generation charging support page
  5. Type A USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type A mains power outlet, priced 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, costing C$15-C$20.
  9. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costing C$15-C$20.