How to charge your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a power outlet in New Zealand

Using type B USB connector with a Type I power charger to recharge a Kindle Fire 2nd generation with a New Zealand power outlet.

New Zealand power outlet

If organizing a holiday it can be useful to know if you'll be able to power any electrical devices such as cell phones and laptops when you arrive. Without knowing which power socket is being used in New Zealand you are likely to bring the wrong power charger, leaving you needing to buy or borrow a suitable power adaptor when you're there. Varying different standards and voltages can often lead to confusion when planning on staying in a foreign country to the first time traveller. This guide was specifically written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge the Kindle Fire 2nd generation when you're in going to New Zealand.This page contains a useful guide telling you exactly how to charge your Kindle Fire 2nd generation when you're travelling to New Zealand by using a 230 volt 50Hz I Type wall outlet, with the New Zealanders using a special AS/NZS 3112 plug for wall outlets. If travelling to New Zealand from a different region check your Kindle Fire 2nd generation can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v ensure the Kindle Fire 2nd generation is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to prevent the device from being damaged whilst powering it up.

The following page shows you how to connect the New Zealand power outlet to the 7" Kindle and this page refers to the Kindle Fire 2nd generationfrom the Kindle Fire series. Please check these instructions relate to your exact Kindle Fireby visiting the Amazon page on WikiConnections for the full list of Amazon Kindle Fire, Fire HD and Fire HDX tablets. You can identify the Kindle Fire 2nd generation by the volume and power buttons on the sides and a Kindle logo on the back of the tablet. These instructions assume you have installed OS version 10.5.1 or greater for the Kindle Fire 2nd generation, if not please visit Amazon for the latest Kindle Fire 2nd generation firmware update to make sure you have the latest fixes for your Kindle. For more information go to Amazon for the Kindle Fire 2nd generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire 2nd generation instruction guide.

Charging a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in New Zealand

Can the Kindle Fire 2nd generation be used in New Zealand?

You can use a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in New Zealand by using the correct power adaptor.

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What is the best power adapter for recharging a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in New Zealand?

When travelling with more than your Kindle Fire 2nd generation and visiting multiple countries then the best international travel charger for New Zealand is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied heads. If your Kindle Fire 2nd generation supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these power adapters, and support for certain power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port adapter will allow you to recharge more than one device at once without needing to pack seperate travel adapters or occupying additional power outlets. Because you are only needing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage and suitable for recharging your Kindle Fire 2nd generation at an airport or on a flight. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of adapters can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets with only a single power outlet.

We suggest searching for this type of versatile travel charger at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

Alternative travel adapter for New Zealand

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 power adapter for travellers originating from America visiting New Zealand.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs and is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at almost half the 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting New Zealand. [7]
What is the best power adapter for recharging a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in New Zealand?

How to use a Type I power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a New Zealand power outlet

A page on how to recharge a Kindle Fire 2nd generation with a New Zealand power outlet with USB micro Type B cord and a three pinned Type I USB charger.

  1. If you want to charge the Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a New Zealand power outlet you will need to buy a Type I USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type I USB power adapter in the New Zealand power outlet. This wall supply, technically known as the Type I power outlet [3], can be recognised by the 3 slots in a triangular pattern with the top two slots sloping upwards for the live, neutral and earth.
  3. Connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the power charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire 2nd generation. You will find the USB port on the side of your tablet found next to the HDMI output.
  4. Switch on the New Zealand power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which appears in the top corner of the Kindle Fire 2nd generation screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the device is charging.
  6. The Kindle takes less than 5 hours to fully recharge, but this is likely to be longer depending on the power strength and if you are using the tablet during the charging cycle. Typically the Fire battery life lasts approximately 8 to 9 hours. Please read the Kindle Fire 2nd generation charging support page [4] for more details on the charging process and battery times.
How to use a Type I power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a New Zealand power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia.org page about New Zealand
  2. Amazon - Kindle Fire 2nd generation instruction manual
  3. iec.ch - Type I power outlet
  4. Amazon - Kindle Fire 2nd generation charging support page
  5. Type I USB power adapter - Type I USB chargers use three short flat blades in a V format with the top blade acting as a grounding pin, priced C$4-C$5.
  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$10-C$15.
  7. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, under C$20.