Charging your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation from a power outlet in Australia

A page showing how to recharge a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation from an Australian power outlet with type B USB micro connector with a three pinned Type I power adapter.

Australian power outlet

Different combinations of voltages and region codes can all lead to confusion when planning on travelling to another country especially if you've never been there before. These instructions were specifically written to prevent you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation when you're in staying in Australia.This step-by-step guide shows you exactly what you'll need to charge the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation when you're travelling to Australia using the standard 230 volt 50Hz I Type Australian plug outlet. Most power changes depending on which region you are in so we recommend reading the power supplies and Oceania page for a full list of countries. When visiting Australia from another country ensure your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure the device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to stop the device from over-heating whilst powering it. If you're planning to stay somewhere such as Sydney or Melbourne we suggest reading the Wikipedia.org web page about Australia [1] for further information.

These instructions show how to connect the Australian power outlet to the Fire and this page refers to the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation. Please check these instructions relate to your Kindle Fire, visit the Amazon page on WikiConnections where you'll see the full series of Amazon Kindle Fire models. You can recognise this Kindle Fire version by the volume and power buttons on the back and the Amazon logo on the back. This page assumes you are using Fire OS version 4.5.5 or greater for the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation, but if not visit Amazon for the latest Kindle firmware update which makes sure you have all the latest features for your Kindle. For more information go to the Amazon support site for the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation instruction manual.

Charging a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation in Australia

Can the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation be used in Australia?

Yes, you can connect a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation to an Australian power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

Australia

What is the best travel adapter for a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation in Australia?

When travelling with more than your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation or visiting more than one country the best international travel charger for Australia to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger.

As these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by switching the included heads. If your model of Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times by using one of these types of travel chargers along with compatibility with more power demanding devices like tablets. Having a four port adapter means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to bring individual power adapters or occupying additional power sockets. Only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the overall size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers with just a single wall outlet.

If you travel on a regular basis we suggest searching for this type of flexible power adapter at an electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Australia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters 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 adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from America going to Australia.
  • 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 the US using type B plugs. This gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a generous 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 adapter for a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation in Australia?

How to use a Type I power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation from an Australian power outlet

A page showing how to recharge a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation from an Australian power outlet with type B USB micro connector with a three pinned Type I power adapter.

  1. If you want to power a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation from an Australian power outlet you will need to use a Type I USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type I USB power adapter and plugging it into the Australian power outlet. This plug supply, sometimes known as a Type I power outlet [3], can be recognised by 3 thin slots for the live, neutral and earth. Note that the neutral and live pins are configured reversed compared to Argentinian plug outlets therefore check that your Type I travel adaptor is compatible in Australia.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation. On the bottom of your Kindle tablet located next to the power button you'll find the USB port.
  4. Switch on the Australian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top corner of the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation display will display a lightning bolt icon to indicate that the tablet is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation takes approximately around 6 hours to fully charge, however this is likely to take longer if you are using the device during the recharging process. Typically the battery life on your 7 inch Kindle Fire is around 9 to 11 hours. For more information please read the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery times and the recharging procedure.
How to use a Type I power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation from an Australian power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia.org web page about Australia
  2. Amazon - Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation instruction manual
  3. iec.ch - Type I power outlet
  4. Amazon - Kindle Fire HD 3rd 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, under 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.