Charging a Kindle Fire from a power outlet in Zambia

Using Type B Micro USB cable with a three pinned Type C USB adapter to power a Kindle Fire with a Zambian power outlet, charging a Kindle Fire using a three pin Type G power charger and charging a Kindle Fire using a three pin Type D power charger

Zambian power outlet

Varying different frequencies and region codes can all be daunting when planning on staying in a different country, especially to the first time traveller. These instructions were specifically written to stop you having to worry if you'll be able to charge your Kindle Fire abroad.This step-by-step guide will show exactly how to supply power to the Kindle Fire when going to Zambia using the standard G, C or D type Zambian 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, a majority of Zambians will typically use Type G power outlets. If you are travelling to Zambia from a different country please check that your Kindle Fire can be charged using a 240v supply. If your Kindle Fire was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure that your device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overheating during charging. If you plan on taking a trip to a destination like Lusaka or Kitwe we recommend reading the Zambian Wikipedia web page [1] for more information.

These instructions show you how to connect the Zambian power outlet to your Kindle tablet. These recommendations assume that you have installed the most recent version of Fire OS for the tablet, however if not visit Amazon for the latest Kindle Fire OS update to make sure you have all the latest fixes for your Kindle. For further information go to the manufacturers site at Amazon.com for the Kindle Fire device support [2] .

Charging a Kindle Fire in Zambia

Can the Kindle Fire be used in Zambia?

Yes, you can connect a Kindle Fire to a Zambian power outlet by using a power adaptor.

What is the best travel adapter for a Kindle Fire in Zambia?

When you are travelling to multiple countries or bringing more than just your Kindle Fire then the best international travel adapter for Zambia to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are three different standards of plug sockets in Zambia (types G, C and D) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for both types C and G.

As these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by switching the supplied plugs. If your Kindle Fire supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster charging times with one of these types of power adapters and additional support for certain power hungry devices. Having a four port adapter means you can power more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack multiple power chargers on your Zambian trip. Because you are only bringing a single international travel charger will help keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage whilst travelling as well as being suitable for recharging your Kindle Fire at an airport or on the flight. Because of their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without needing an additional power outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible travel adapter at your preferred electronics retailer - the travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Zambia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Zambia 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 visiting Zambia using type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs and is a cheaper alternative to 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 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Zambia. [10] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for a Kindle Fire in Zambia?

Powering a Kindle Fire with a Zambian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Using Type B USB cable and a Type G power adapter to power your Kindle Fire with a Zambian power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the Kindle Fire using a Zambian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type G USB power adapter into the power supply. The power supply, technically known as a Type G power outlet [3], can be recognised by three rectangular holes with shutters in a triangular pattern for live, neutral and ground pins.
  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 charging port on a Kindle Fire.
  4. Switch on the Zambian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears at the top corner of the Kindle Fire display will display a lightning bolt icon which indicates that the tablet is charging.
  6. It takes between approximately 4 hours to 12 hours to completely charge to full capacity however this is likely to be longer depending on the type of Kindle Fire you have, the strength of the power charger and if you are using the device during the charging process. For more information please read the Kindle Fire device support [2] for more details on the charging procedure.
Powering a Kindle Fire with a Zambian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Charging a Kindle Fire from a Zambian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Using Type B Micro USB cable with a three pinned Type C USB adapter to power a Kindle Fire with a Zambian power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to your Kindle Fire from a Zambian power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Plug the Type C USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can recognise this wall outlet by two round adjacent holes where the twin pins go.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Micro USB type B connector into the bottom of the mains power adapter and the other end into the USB charging port on a Kindle Fire.
  4. Turn on the Zambian power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which is found in the top corner of the tablet will show a charge icon to indicate that your device is charging.
  6. It will take between 4 hours to 12 hours to fully recharge, but this may take longer depending on the model of tablet you are using, the charger strength and if you are using the tablet whilst recharging. Please read the Kindle Fire device support [2] for more details on battery times and the charging process.
Charging a Kindle Fire from a Zambian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire from a Zambian power outlet

Using USB micro type B cable and a Type D power adapter to power your Kindle Fire with a Zambian power outlet.

  1. In order to power a Kindle Fire from a Zambian power outlet you will need to use a Type D USB power adapter [9] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Begin by inserting the Type D USB power adapter into the Zambian power outlet. You can recognise the wall outlet by the three circular holes in a triangular shape for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Plug in 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 charging port on a Kindle Fire.
  4. Turn on the Zambian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top corner of the Kindle Fire display will show a lightning bolt icon to indicate that the tablet is charging.
  6. It will take between approximately 4 hours to 12 hours to completely charge to full capacity however this is likely to be longer depending on the type of Kindle Fire you have, the strength of the power charger and if you are using the device during the charging process. For more information please read the Kindle Fire device support [2] for more details on the charging procedure.
How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire from a Zambian power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Zambian Wikipedia web page
  2. Amazon - Kindle Fire device support
  3. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  4. 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, £15-£20.
  5. 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, estimated price £5-£10.
  6. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  7. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, around £10.
  8. iec.ch - Type D power outlet
  9. Type D USB power adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D USB chargers have large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, £20-£25.
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, £10-£15.