How to charge a Kindle Fire when planning a trip to South Korea

A guide showing how to power a Kindle Fire with a South Korean power outlet with Micro USB type B connector and a three pinned Type C power adapter and how to charge a Kindle Fire using a two pinned Type F power adapter.

South Korean power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of standards and plugs can all be confusing when planning to travel to another country especially to the first time traveller. This step by step guide will show how to power your Kindle Fire when you're travelling to South Korea by using their types F or C South Korean 220 volt 60Hz plug outlets, Type F power outlets are typically used by a majority of South Koreans. Most power sockets will change from country to country so we suggest that you read the Wikiconnections world power connections guide for a full list of regions and countries. When you are visiting South Korea from another region please make sure that your Kindle Fire 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 transformer to stop the device from being damaged during charging.

This guide shows you how to connect the South Korean power outlet to the tablet. These instructions assume you have installed the most recent version of Fire OS for the Kindle, if you don't we recommend installing the latest Kindle Fire software update which ensures you have the most up to date fixes for your Kindle. Visit the Amazon.com support site for the Kindle Fire device support [2] for more information.

Charging a Kindle Fire in South Korea

Can the Kindle Fire be used in South Korea?

Yes, you can use a Kindle Fire in South Korea by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best power adapter for recharging a Kindle Fire in South Korea?

If travelling with more than your Kindle Fire then the best international travel charger for South Korea to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. South Koreans use two different standards of wall outlets (F and C) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C.

As 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 around the world just by changing the plugs over. If your Kindle Fire is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these types of USB power chargers along with additional support for certain power hungry devices like tablets. This will allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple travel chargers or using up additional power outlets. Because you are only needing to bring a single travel charger will keep the overall size down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of adapters can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without using up an additional power outlet.

For those travelling on a regular basis we suggest buying an adaptable power adapter of this nature online. The power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for South Korea

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, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both South Korea 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 portable option for travellers originating from America visiting South Korea.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at 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 Korea. [8] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for recharging a Kindle Fire in South Korea?

Powering a Kindle Fire with a South Korean power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

A guide showing how to power a Kindle Fire with a South Korean power outlet with Micro USB type B connector and a three pinned Type C power adapter.

  1. In order to power a Kindle Fire from the South Korean power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Begin the process by inserting the Type C USB power adapter into the power supply. You can identify this power outlet by the 2 circular holes adjacent to each other where the two plug outlet pins go. These outlets aren't as commonplace in South Korea as Type F sockets.
  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 charging port on a Kindle Fire.
  4. Turn on the South Korean power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which appears at the top corner of the Kindle Fire screen will display a charge icon to indicate that your tablet is charging.
  6. It will take between approximately 4 hours to 12 hours to fully charge but this is likely to be longer depending on the type of Kindle you are using, the charger strength and if you are using the tablet during charging. For further information on charging please read the Kindle Fire device support [2] for more details on the charging procedure and battery times.
Powering a Kindle Fire with a South Korean power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire from a South Korean power outlet

A guide showing how to power a Kindle Fire with a South Korean power outlet with USB micro type B connector and a three pinned Type F power adapter.

  1. To charge the Kindle Fire using a South Korean power outlet you'll need to use a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type F USB power adapter into the South Korean power outlet. You can identify this power outlet by the two circular holes 19 mm adjacent to each other where the two plug outlet pins go, plus metal grounding clips at the top and bottom. These are the most common sockets found in South Korea.
  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 charging port on a Kindle Fire.
  4. Turn on the South Korean power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which appears at the top corner of the Kindle Fire screen will display a charge icon to indicate that your tablet is charging.
  6. It will take between approximately 4 hours to 12 hours to fully charge but this is likely to be longer depending on the type of Kindle you are using, the charger strength and if you are using the tablet during charging. For further information on charging please read the Kindle Fire device support [2] for more details on the charging procedure and battery times.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire from a South Korean power outlet

See also

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  1. Visitkorea - Korea Tourism Organization site
  2. Amazon - Kindle Fire device support
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, priced around £10.
  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, around £5.
  6. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  7. Type F USB power adapter - Type F USB chargers are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, priced at £15-£20.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, £10-£15.