Charging a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation when staying in China

The WikiConnections guide showing how to recharge a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation from a Chinese power outlet using USB Type B cable and a three pinned Type I power adapter, powering a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation using a double pinned Type A power plug and powering a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation using a double pin Europlug Type C power charger

Chinese power outlet

If organizing a trip to China it can be useful to know if you'll be able to charge your common electrical devices like cell phones and laptop computers that you'll be bringing along. But, without knowing which wall socket is being used you are likely to bring the wrong power charger, therefore leaving you having to purchase a suitable adaptor when you're there that could be incompatible. Differing standards and voltages can all be confusing when planning to travel to another country if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of common standards being used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what to purchase in advance to charge the Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation . If you are going to China these useful instructions show how to power your Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation by using the Type I, A or C Chinese 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets, please be aware Type I plug outlets are normally used by a majority of Chinese. When travelling to China from another country double check the Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation can accept a 240v supply. If the Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure the device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged when powering up.

These instructions show how to connect the Chinese power outlet to your Kindle Fire HD Second Generation and refers to the Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation. Please visit the Amazon page to see the full list of Amazon Kindle Fire tablets. You can recognise this Kindle Fire version by a front facing camera, the volume and power buttons on the sides and the Kindle logo on the rear. These instructions assume that you have installed version 7.5.1 or greater of Fire OS for the Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation, if you don't we suggest installing the most recent Kindle update to ensure you have the most up to date fixes for your Kindle. For more information go to Amazon for the Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation PDF manual.

Charging a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation in China

Can you use a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation in China?

Yes, you can connect a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation to a Chinese power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best power adapter for recharging a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation in China?

If travelling to multiple countries or bringing more than just your Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation the best international travel charger for China is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [11]. There are three different types of wall outlets in China (types I, A and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for both types A and C. Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by switching the supplied heads. If your type of Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these types of power adapters, plus compatibility with more power demanding devices like tablets.

Having a four port adapter will also allow you to power multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy seperate travel adapters for your trip. Because you are only bringing a single USB travel charger will keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when you return home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets with just a single plug socket.

We recommend searching for a multipurpose power adapter of this nature online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [11] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for China

The 4 port USB travel charger [11] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting regions with unstable power supplies. These power adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 North America visiting China.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise 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 and gives almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at almost half the 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 China.
What is the best power adapter for recharging a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation in China?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation from a Chinese power outlet

Using Type B USB cable with a three pin Type A power charger to charge a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation from a Chinese power outlet.

  1. To charge your Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation using the Chinese power outlet you'll need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Firstly plug in the Type A USB power adapter in the power supply. The power supply (known as the Type A power outlet [3]) can be recognised by two adjacent slots.
  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 HD 7 2nd generation. On the side of your Second Generation Kindle Fire HD located to the right of the HDMI output you will find the USB port.
  4. Turn on the Chinese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears at the top corner of the Kindle tablet screen will show a lightning icon to indicate that the tablet is charging.
  6. The 7 inch Kindle takes under 5 hours to fully charge, but this may be longer if you are using the device during charging. The Second Generation Kindle Fire HD battery life should last roughly 7 - 10 hours. Please read the Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation charging support page [4] for more details on the charging process.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation from a Chinese power outlet

Powering a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation with a Chinese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Using Type B USB micro cord with a Type C Europlug USB charger to recharge a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation from a Chinese power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to your Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation from a Chinese power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Start by plugging the Type C USB power adapter in the Chinese power outlet. This unearthed power outlet is recognised by 2 holes adjacent to each other where the two pins go.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB Type B cable into the USB power adapter and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation. You can find the USB port at the side of the Kindle situated to the right of the HDMI socket.
  4. Switch on the Chinese power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which is found in the top corner of the Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation display will display a charging icon which indicates that your device is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation takes approximately around 5 hours to completely recharge to 100 percent capacity however this is likely to take longer depending on the strength of the power and if you are using the device during the recharging cycle. Typically the Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation battery life is around 7 to 10 hours depending on how you use the tablet. For further information please read the Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery life and the charging process.
Powering a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation with a Chinese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Type I power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation from a Chinese power outlet

The WikiConnections guide showing how to recharge a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation from a Chinese power outlet using USB Type B cable and a three pinned Type I power adapter.

  1. In order to power a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation from the Chinese power outlet you will need a Type I USB power adapter [10] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Start the process by taking the Type I USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. The power supply (known as the Type I power outlet [9]) can be identified by the three slots for the live, neutral and ground blades. Please note that the neutral and live pins are configured reversed compared to Argentinian plug outlets so please check that your Type I travel adaptor is compatible with a Chinese power outlet.
  3. Then connect the USB 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 HD 7 2nd generation. On the side of the located next to the HDMI jack you can find the USB port.
  4. Turn on the Chinese power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which appears in the top corner of the tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that your tablet is charging.
  6. The Kindle tablet takes around under 5 hours to completely charge, however this may take longer if you are using the tablet during the recharging process. The battery life on the Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation lasts 7 - 10 hours. Please read the Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation charging support page [4] for more details on the recharging process.
How to use a Type I power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation from a Chinese power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China - China page on Wikipedia.org
  2. https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&linkCode=ur2&nodeId=200939330&linkId=2Y75DDOG5AGHRIB2 - Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation instruction manual
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeA.htm - Type A power outlet
  4. https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&linkCode=ur2&nodeId=201119640&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=BHZDW336CXLI4M7V - Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation charging support page
  5. Type A USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type A mains power outlet
  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
  7. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  8. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet
  9. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeI.htm - Type I power outlet
  10. Type I USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type I mains power outlet
  11. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters