Charging the Kindle Fire 1st generation when planning a trip to Gambia

Connecting a Gambian power outlet to a Kindle Fire 1st generation

Gambian power outlet

Varying different voltages and region codes can often be daunting when planning to stay in a foreign country, especially if you've never been there before. When you are planning a holiday to Gambia this page contains useful instructions showing powering the Kindle Fire 1st generation using a 230 volt 50Hz Type G wall outlet, the Gambians will use a 13 amp plug for wall outlets. When visiting Gambia from another region make sure your Kindle Fire 1st generation can be charged using a 240v supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure that your Kindle Fire 1st generation is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to avoid the device from over-heating whilst powering it up.

These instructions show how to connect the Gambian power outlet to the tablet and this page refers to the Kindle Fire 1st generation, not other tablets in the Kindle Fire product line. Visit the Amazon page where you'll see the full list of the latest Amazon Kindle Fire, Fire HD and Fire HDX tablets. You can recognise the Kindle Fire 1st generation by a power button on the bottom and the Kindle logo on the back of the tablet. These instructions assume you have installed Fire OS version 6.3.4 or greater for the Kindle Fire 1st generation, however if you don't please visit Amazon for the latest Kindle update to make sure you have the most up-to-date set of features for your Kindle. For further information visit Amazon for the Kindle Fire 1st generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire 1st generation PDF guide.

Charging a Kindle Fire 1st generation in Gambia

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

You can connect a Kindle Fire 1st generation to a Gambian power outlet.

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

If you are travelling to more than one country or bringing more than your Kindle Fire 1st generation then the best travel charger for Gambia to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your type of Kindle Fire 1st generation is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers, plus additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. This means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power adapters for your Gambian trip. By only bringing a single international travel charger will also keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage while travelling. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible travel charger online; the travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Gambia

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 1st generation, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of counties with unreliable power supplies. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Gambia 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 Gambia.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This is a 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 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 suitable for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Gambia. [7] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for recharging a Kindle Fire 1st generation in Gambia?

Powering a Kindle Fire 1st generation with a Gambian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Using Type B micro USB connector with a Type G USB charger to charge your Kindle Fire 1st generation with a Gambian power outlet.

  1. To charge a Kindle Fire 1st generation from a Gambian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type G USB power adapter into the power outlet. You can identify the power outlet by three rectangular slots with plastic shutters in a triangular configuration for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the USB power adapter and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire 1st generation. You will find the USB port on the base of the tablet situated between the power button and the headphone output.
  4. Switch on the Gambian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top corner of the Kindle Fire 1st generation display will show a charging icon to indicate that your device is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire 1st generation takes under 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity but this is likely to be longer depending on the power strength and if you are using the device during charging. The battery life on the Kindle Fire 1st generation is approximately 7 - 8 hours depending on how you use it. Please read the Kindle Fire 1st generation charging support page [4] for more details on the recharging procedure.
Powering a Kindle Fire 1st generation with a Gambian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Gambia Wikipedia page
  2. Amazon - Kindle Fire 1st generation instruction manual
  3. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  4. Amazon - Kindle Fire 1st generation charging support page
  5. Type G USB power adapter - A Type G USB charger has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin, costing £15-£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 £5-£10.
  7. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, £10-£15.