How to charge a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation when visiting America

Learn how to charge a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation from an American power outlet using type B USB cable with a three pin Type A USB charger and recharging a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation using a three pinned Type B power plug.

American power outlet

Various standards and voltages can often cause confusion when planning to travel to another country, especially to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this article tells you exactly what to buy in advance to power the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation in America. If you're travelling to America these instructions show how to power the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation using the standard B or A type 120 volt 60Hz wall outlets, please be aware that Type B power outlets are typically used by a majority of Americans. Most power supplies will vary depending on which area you are travelling to therefore please read the North America page for a full list of countries. If your Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when you are travelling to America from another country then check that it is compatible with a 120 volt power supply. Devices which come from a country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts sometimes take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check that your device is a dual voltage device (normally indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to ensure proper use.

The following page shows you how to connect the American power outlet to the Kindle and refers to the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation. We recommend visiting the Amazon page on WikiConnections where you'll see the full range of the latest Amazon Kindle Fire, Fire HD and Fire HDX models. You can identify this particular make of Kindle tablet by front and rear facing cameras, the volume and power buttons on the back and the Amazon logo on the rear. These instructions assume that you have installed version 4.5.5 or greater of the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation Fire OS, however if you don't visit Amazon for the latest Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation OS update which makes sure you have the most up to date fixes for your Kindle. Go to the Amazon site for the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation PDF guide for further information.

Charging a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation in America

Can the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation be used in America?

Yes, you can use a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation in America.

What is the best power charger for recharging a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation in America?

When travelling with more than your Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation then the best international travel charger for America to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [9]. Americans use two different standards of plug sockets (types B and A) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied plugs. If your model of Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these types of USB power chargers, along with support for certain power hungry devices like tablets. Having a 4 port adapter will also allow you to power multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy seperate power adapters on your American trip or occupying additional wall sockets. By only needing a single international travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets and smartphones using just a single wall outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible power adapter at an electronics retailer, the power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [9] which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for America

The 4 port USB travel charger [9] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting America.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 America.
What is the best power charger for recharging a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation in America?

How to use a Type A power charger for charging your Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation from an American power outlet

Learn how to charge a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation from an American power outlet using type B USB cable with a three pin Type A USB charger.

  1. To power the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation using 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. Plug the Type A USB power adapter in the power supply. You can recognise this wall outlet by the 2 thin adjacent slots next to each other where the twin pins go.
  3. Connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the USB adapter and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation. You will find the USB port on the foot of the 8.9" Kindle Fire located next to the power button.
  4. Switch on the American power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which is found in the top corner of the Kindle Fire HDX Third Generation screen will show a lightning bolt icon which indicates that the device is charging.
  6. The takes approximately under 6 hours to completely charge, but this may be longer if you are using the device during recharging. Typically the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation battery life is approximately 9 to 12 hours depending on how you use the tablet. Please read the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery life.
How to use a Type A power charger for charging your Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation from an American power outlet

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

Instructions on how to charge a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation from an American power outlet using type B USB cable with a three pin Type B USB charger.

  1. In order to supply power to a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation from the American power outlet you will need 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 identify this plug outlet by two thin slots parallel to each other for live and neutral blades with a hole below for the longer ground pin.
  3. Connect one end of the micro USB Type B cable into the USB adapter and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation. You will find the USB port on the base of the Third Generation Kindle Fire HDX located next to the power button.
  4. Switch on the American power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which is found in the top corner of the Kindle tablet screen will show a lightning bolt icon which indicates that the device is charging.
  6. The tablet takes approximately under 6 hours to completely charge, but this may be longer if you are using the device during recharging. Typically the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation battery life lasts approximately 9 to 12 hours depending on how you use the tablet. 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 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=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, estimated cost 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, 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, C$15-C$20.