Charging the Kindle Fire 1st generation from a power outlet in Australia

Australian power outlet to a Kindle Fire 1st generation

Australian power outlet

Varying complicated region codes and voltages can all lead to confusion when planning to stay in another country for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need to pick up in advance to charge your Kindle Fire 1st generation . These instructions have been specifically written to prevent you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge the Kindle Fire 1st generation when you are abroad.When you're visiting Australia this page has instructions showing charging the Kindle Fire 1st generation using the 230 volt 50Hz Type I plug supply. When travelling to Australia from a different country please double check the Kindle Fire 1st generation can accept a 240v supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v make sure that the device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to avoid the device from being damaged when charging it.

The following instructions show you how to connect the Australian power outlet to your Kindle tablet and this page refers to the Kindle Fire 1st generation, not other tablets in the Kindle Fire product line. Please visit the Amazon page to see the full range of Amazon Kindle Fire models. This Kindle tablet can be identified by the power button on the bottom and the Kindle logo on the back of the tablet. These instructions assume you have installed version 6.3.4 firmware or greater for the Kindle Fire 1st generation, but if not we recommend installing the most recent Kindle Fire 1st generation firmware update to make sure you have the most up to date set of features for your Kindle. Go to the Amazon.com site for the Kindle Fire 1st generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire 1st generation instruction manual for further information.

Charging a Kindle Fire 1st generation in Australia

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

You can use a Kindle Fire 1st generation in Australia.

Australia

What is the best travel charger for recharging a Kindle Fire 1st generation in Australia?

When travelling with more than just your Kindle Fire 1st generation the best travel charger for Australia to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your Kindle Fire 1st generation can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these travel chargers, plus additional support for certain power hungry devices.

Unlike other adapters this means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack individual travel chargers or occupying additional power sockets. Because you are only packing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand baggage and convenient for charging your Kindle Fire 1st generation at the airport or on your flight. Due to their versatility these types of chargers can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

If you travel often we suggest searching for a multipurpose travel charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer - the travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Australia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices using USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Australia 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 Australia using 3 pinned type B American plug sockets.
  • 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 the US using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Australia. [7]
What is the best travel charger for recharging a Kindle Fire 1st generation in Australia?

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

Using type B Micro USB cable and a 3 pin Type I USB charger to charge your Kindle Fire 1st generation with an Australian power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the Kindle Fire 1st generation using the Australian power outlet you'll need a Type I USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. First you'll need to plug the Type I USB power adapter in the Australian power outlet. This plug supply (technically called the Type I power outlet [3]) can be identified by the 3 thin slots in a triangular configuration with the top pair of slots sloping upward for the live, neutral and ground blades. Note that the neutral and live pins are configured reversed compared to Argentinian plug outlets therefore check that your Type I power adaptor is compatible in Australia.
  3. Then connect the USB 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 1st generation. At the foot of the 1st gen Kindle Fire located between the power button and the headphone connector you'll find the USB port.
  4. Turn on the Australian power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which is found at the top corner of the Kindle Fire 1st generation screen will display a lightning bolt icon to indicate that your device is charging.
  6. The first gen Kindle Fire takes around less than 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity, however this is likely to be longer if you are using the tablet during the charging process. The Kindle Fire 1st generation battery life should last 7 to 8 hours depending on use. Please read the Kindle Fire 1st generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery life and the recharging procedure.
How to use a Type I power charger for charging your Kindle Fire 1st generation from an Australian power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia entry about Australia
  2. Amazon - Kindle Fire 1st generation instruction manual
  3. iec.ch - Type I power outlet
  4. Amazon - Kindle Fire 1st 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, costing 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, costs 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.