Charging a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation when visiting South Africa

A guide showing you how to recharge your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation with a South African power outlet by using type B USB cable with a three pin Type M USB charger, recharging a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation using a double pin Europlug Type C power plug and how to recharge a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation using a Type F USB adapter

South African power outlet

If you are packing for a holiday it's helpful to know in advance if you can power all your essential electronics like cell phones and laptop computers when you arrive. By not knowing which plug socket is being used in South Africa you could end up either weighing your bags down with unnecessary spare adaptors or bring the wrong power adaptor, leaving you needing to buy or borrow a potentially expensive power adaptor when you get there which could be incompatible. Varying different region codes and sockets can all be confusing when planning on travelling to another country to the first time traveller. This isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of standards used in the world this article tells you exactly what to pick up in advance to power the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation in South Africa. The following step by step guide shows you how to charge your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation when you're in South Africa using their types M, C, F or N South African 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, Type M power outlets will be typically used by a majority of South Africans. Most power sockets will change regionally so please read the Wikiconnections world power connections guide for a full list of regions and countries. When you are visiting South Africa from another region please make sure your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation can accept a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) ensure that your device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to stop the device from over-heating during charging. If you plan on staying somewhere like Cape Town we also recommend referring to the South Africa country Wiki page [1] for further information on the location.

This guide shows you how to connect the South African power outlet to the Third Generation Kindle Fire HDX7 and refers to the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation. Please ensure these instructions relate to your Kindle Fire model, visit the Amazon page for the full list of the latest Amazon Kindle Fire tablets. You can recognise the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation by a front facing HD camera, the volume and power buttons on the back and an Amazon logo on the rear of the tablet. This guide assumes that you are using Fire OS version 4.5.5 or greater for the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation, if not we recommend installing the latest Kindle software update to ensure you have the most up-to-date fixes for your Kindle. For further information go to the Amazon site for the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation instruction guide.

Charging a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation in South Africa

Can you use a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation in South Africa?

Yes, you can connect a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation to a South African power outlet.

South Africa

What is the best travel charger for a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation in South Africa?

If you are travelling with more than just your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation and visiting more than one country the best travel power adapter for South Africa is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are four types of power outlets in South Africa (types M, C, F and N) and using a travel charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the included heads over. If your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of power adapters, and compatibility with more power hungry devices. Having a 4 port adapter will also allow you to power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring individual power chargers. Only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage while travelling. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of chargers can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple phones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

We suggest buying an adaptable travel adapter like this online. The travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for South Africa

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both South Africa and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power adapter for travellers originating from America going to South Africa.
  • 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 North America using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 wide range of travellers from around the world visiting South Africa. [13]
What is the best travel charger for a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation in South Africa?

Powering a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation with a South African power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Instructions showing how to power your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation with a South African power outlet with USB micro Type B cable and a three pin Europlug Type C power charger.

  1. In order to power a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation from the South African power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Plug in the Type C USB power adapter in the power supply. You can identify this power outlet by the 2 circular holes adjacent to each other where the two pins go.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the USB adapter and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation. You'll find the USB port at the foot of your tablet found next to the power button.
  4. Switch on the South African power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which is found in the top corner of the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation display will display a charge icon which indicates that your device is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation takes approximately around 6 hours to completely recharge, but this may be longer if you are using the device during the recharging cycle. Typically the Kindle tablet battery life should last approximately 9 - 12 hours depending on use. For more information on charging please read the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation charging support page [4] for more details on the charging procedure and battery times.
Powering a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation with a South African power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation from a South African power outlet

A guide on how to recharge a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation with a South African power outlet with USB type B cord and a Type F USB adapter.

  1. To power the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation from a South African power outlet you will need to use a Type F USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Start by taking the Type F USB power adapter and inserting it into the South African power outlet. The sunken round power outlet can be identified by the two adjacent holes next to each other along with a pair of two grounding clips above and below.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Micro USB type B connector into the bottom of the mains USB charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation. On the foot of the Kindle Fire Third Generation situated next to the power button you will find the USB port.
  4. Switch on the South African power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found at the top corner of the Fire screen will show a lightning bolt icon which indicates that the device is charging.
  6. The 7 inch Kindle Fire HDX takes less than 6 hours to fully recharge to 100 percent capacity however this is likely to take longer if you are using the tablet during charging. The battery life on your tablet lasts 9 - 12 hours. Please read the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery life.
How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation from a South African power outlet

How to use a Type M power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation from a South African power outlet

A guide showing you how to recharge your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation with a South African power outlet by using type B USB cable with a three pin Type M USB charger.

  1. If you want to charge the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation using a South African power outlet you'll need to use a Type M USB power adapter [10] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type M USB power adapter into the South African power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the 3 large round holes forming a triangle configuration.
  3. Plug in one end of the Type B USB micro cord into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation. On the base of the 7 inch Kindle Fire found next to the power button you can find the USB port.
  4. Turn on the South African power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears at the top corner of the tablet will show a lightning icon to indicate that the tablet is charging.
  6. The Kindle takes roughly under 6 hours to fully charge but this is likely to take longer depending on the power strength and if you are using the tablet whilst charging. The battery life on your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation is roughly 9 to 12 hours. Please read the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery times.
How to use a Type M power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation from a South African power outlet

How to use a Type N power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation from a South African power outlet

Using Micro USB type B connector and a three pinned Type N power charger to charge a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation from a South African power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation using a South African power outlet you'll need to buy a Type N USB power adapter [12] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type N USB power adapter into the South African power outlet. You can recognise the squashed hexagon shaped power outlet by the 3 large round holes in a triangle pattern.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation. You will find the USB port at the base of your tablet located next to the power button.
  4. Turn on the South African power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which appears in the top corner of the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation screen will display a charge icon to indicate that your tablet is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation takes approximately less than 6 hours to completely charge, but this is likely to be longer depending on the strength of the power supply and if you are using the device during the recharging cycle. The 7 inch Kindle Fire HDX battery life lasts approximately 9 to 12 hours depending on how you use the tablet. For further information please read the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation charging support page [4] for more details on the recharging procedure and battery life.
How to use a Type N power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation from a South African power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - South Africa country Wiki page
  2. Amazon - Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation instruction manual
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Amazon - Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation charging support page
  5. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet, priced £5-£10.
  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, £5-£10.
  7. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  8. Type F USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type F mains power outlet, estimated cost £10-£15.
  9. iec.ch - Type M power outlet
  10. Type M USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type M mains power outlet, priced around £100.
  11. iec.ch - Type N power outlet
  12. Type N USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type N mains power outlet, under £40.
  13. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, £10-£15.