How to charge your Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation from a power outlet in Australia

Using type B USB connector with a Type I power charger to charge a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation with an Australian power outlet.

Australian power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of frequencies and region codes can often be daunting when planning on visiting another country to the first time traveller. These guidelines were written to prevent travellers needing to worry if they'll be able to power the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation when they are visiting Australia.If you're going to Australia this page has instructions showing how to charge your Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation using the standard 230 volt 50Hz Type I power outlet. When visiting Australia from another country please check that your Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation can be used with a 240 volt supply. If the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) double check the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged during charging.

These instructions show you how to connect the Australian power outlet to your tablet and refers to the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation, not other tablets in the Kindle Fire range. Please visit the Amazon page on WikiConnections where you'll find the full range of the latest Amazon Kindle Fire models. You can recognise this model of the Kindle by front and rear facing HD cameras, the volume and power buttons on the back and an Amazon logo on the back of the tablet. These instructions assume you have installed firmware version 4.5.5 or greater for the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation, but if not we recommend installing the latest Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation software update which makes sure you have the latest set of features for your Kindle Fire. Go to the support website at Amazon.com for the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation instruction guide for more information.

Charging a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation in Australia

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

You can use a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation in Australia by using the correct power adaptor.

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

When travelling with more than your Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation and visiting multiple countries then the best travel charger for Australia to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. As these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your model of Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times with one of these types of USB travel chargers plus additional compatibility with more power demanding devices. Unlike other travel adapters having a 4 port charger means you can power more than one device at the same time without needing to bring individual power chargers or using up additional wall outlets. By only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage as well as being convenient for recharging your Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation at the airport or on a flight. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of adapters can be used back 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 without using up an additional power outlet.

We recommend searching for an adaptable travel adapter of this nature at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries 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 who only have USB devices such as the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unreliable power supplies. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Australia and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America going to Australia using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs. This offers the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one 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 perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Australia. [7]
What is the best power adapter for recharging a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation in Australia?

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

Using type B Micro USB cord with a Type I power charger to recharge a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation with an Australian power outlet.

  1. In order to power a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation using the Australian power outlet you'll need to use a Type I USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. First plug the Type I USB power adapter into the Australian power outlet. The plug supply (technically known as a Type I power outlet [3]) can be identified by the three slots in an upside-down triangular pattern with the top two slots sloping upward for the live, neutral and earth. Please note that the live and neutral pins are configured reversed compared to Argentinian plug outlets, check that your Type I power adaptor is compatible with an Australian power supply.
  3. Connect the USB end of the type B USB Micro cord into the bottom of the mains USB charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation. You'll find the USB port at the base of your tablet found next to the power button.
  4. Turn on the Australian power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which appears at the top corner of the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation will show a lightning icon which indicates that the device is charging.
  6. The Kindle tablet takes less than 6 hours to fully recharge, but this is likely to be longer depending on the power strength and if you are using the tablet during charging. Typically the battery life on the tablet lasts 9 - 12 hours depending on use. For further information on charging please read the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery times.
Powering a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation with an Australian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Australia Wikipedia web page
  2. Amazon - Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation instruction manual
  3. iec.ch - Type I power outlet
  4. Amazon - Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 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, 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, around C$10.
  7. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced under C$20.