Charging the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation when planning a trip to Zimbabwe

Using Type B USB Micro cable and a 3 pin Type G power adapter to recharge a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation with a Zimbabwe power outlet and powering a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation using a Type D USB plug.

Zimbabwe power outlet

Varying different standards and plug types can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country especially for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what to pick up in advance to power your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation . These instructions have been specifically written to stop people worrying if they'll be able to charge the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation abroad.The following guide tells you exactly what you'll need to charge your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation in Zimbabwe using the types G or D 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets, please note Type G power outlets will be used by a majority of Zimbabweans. You'll find power will vary from country to country therefore we suggest reading the Africa page for a complete list of regions and countries. When travelling to Zimbabwe from a different country please check the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation can be used with a 240 volt supply. If your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) make sure that your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to stop the device from being damaged when charging it. If you plan on staying at a city such as Harare or Bulawayo we also suggest reading the Zimbabwe Wikipedia page [1] for more details.

The following instructions show you how to connect the Zimbabwe power outlet to your tablet and this page refers to the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation, not other tablets in the Kindle Fire product line. Please ensure these instructions relate to your exact Kindle Fire, visit the Amazon page on WikiConnections to see the full series of the latest Amazon Kindle Fire, Fire HD and Fire HDX tablets. You can recognise this Kindle model by the volume and power buttons on the back and the Amazon logo on the back of the tablet. These instructions assume you are using version 4.5.5 or greater of Fire OS for the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation, if not we recommend installing the most recent Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation OS update to ensure you have the latest fixes for your device. For more information go to the support website at Amazon 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 Zimbabwe

Can you use a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation in Zimbabwe?

You can connect a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation to a Zimbabwe power outlet.

Zimbabwe

What is the best travel charger for recharging a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation in Zimbabwe?

If you are travelling with more than your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation or visiting more than one country the best international travel adapter for Zimbabwe is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Zimbabweans use two different types of power outlets (types G and D) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type G. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 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 HD 3rd generation is compatible with Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB travel chargers, and additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other travel chargers this will allow you to charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy individual power adapters for your Zimbabwe trip or using up additional power sockets. Because you are only needing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage while travelling as well as being convenient for charging your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation at the airport or on your flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones with just a single power outlet.

For those travelling to Zimbabwe we suggest searching for this type of flexible travel charger at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Zimbabwe

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 HD 3rd generation, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unstable power supplies. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Zimbabwe 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 Zimbabwe.
  • 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 gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with only 1 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 suitable for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Zimbabwe. [9]
What is the best travel charger for recharging a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation in Zimbabwe?

How to use a Type G power charger for charging your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation from a Zimbabwe power outlet

Using USB Type B connector with a Type G USB charger to charge your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation with a Zimbabwe power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation from a Zimbabwe power outlet you'll need a Type G USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Start by taking the Type G USB power adapter and plugging it in the Zimbabwe power outlet. You can recognise this plug supply by the three rectangular holes containing plastic shutters forming a triangle pattern.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB Micro type B connector into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation. You can find the USB port at the foot of the Kindle found next to the power button.
  4. Switch on the Zimbabwe power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top corner of the 7" Kindle will display a lightning bolt icon to indicate that your device is charging.
  6. The 7 inch Kindle takes approximately around 6 hours to fully charge, however this is likely to be longer if you are using the tablet during the charging process. Typically the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation battery life should last 9 to 11 hours. For further information please read the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery life and the recharging procedure.
How to use a Type G power charger for charging your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation from a Zimbabwe power outlet

Charging a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation from a Zimbabwe power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

A page showing how to charge your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation with a Zimbabwe power outlet using Micro USB type B cord with a Type D USB charger.

  1. If you want to charge a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation from a Zimbabwe power outlet you'll need a Type D USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Insert the Type D USB power adapter into the Zimbabwe power outlet. This plug supply, technically called the Type D power outlet [7], looks like 3 circular holes 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 HD 3rd generation. On the base of your 7" Kindle located next to the power button you'll find the USB port.
  4. Turn on the Zimbabwe power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which is found at the top corner of the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation display will show a charge icon which indicates that the tablet is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation takes under 6 hours to completely recharge to full capacity but this may take longer depending on the strength of the power supply and if you are using the device during charging. The battery life on the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation is approximately 9 - 11 hours depending on how you use it. Please read the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation charging support page [4] for more details on the recharging procedure.
Charging a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation from a Zimbabwe power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Zimbabwe Wikipedia page
  2. Amazon - Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation instruction manual
  3. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  4. Amazon - Kindle Fire HD 3rd 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, estimated price around £15.
  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. iec.ch - Type D power outlet
  8. Type D USB power adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D USB chargers have large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, under £25.
  9. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, around £10.