How to charge a Kindle Fire when visiting Vietnam

A guide on how to recharge a Kindle Fire from a Vietnamese power outlet using type B Micro USB connector with a three pin Type A USB charger, powering a Kindle Fire using a three pin Type G USB plug and charging a Kindle Fire using a two pin Type C Europlug power plug

Vietnamese power outlet

Different combinations of voltages and standards can all be confusing when planning on travelling to a new country if you've never been there before. This page has been specifically written to prevent people needing to worry if they can charge their Kindle Fire when they are staying in Vietnam.If you are staying in Vietnam these useful instructions show how to power the Kindle Fire using the standard G, A or C type 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets, please be aware that Type G power outlets are typically used by a majority of Vietnamese. When visiting Vietnam from another country check the Kindle Fire can be charged using a 240v supply. If your Kindle Fire originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v check the Kindle Fire is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overheating whilst powering it. If you intend to stay somewhere like Ho Chi Minh City or Phan Thiet please read the wikipedia.org entry about Vietnam [1] for more indepth details.

The following page shows you how to connect the Vietnamese power outlet to the Fire. These instructions assume you have installed the most recent version of Fire OS for the Fire, if not we suggest installing the most recent Kindle Fire software update to ensure you have all the latest set of features for your device. Visit the Amazon support site for the Kindle Fire device support [2] for more information.

Charging a Kindle Fire in Vietnam

Can the Kindle Fire be used in Vietnam?

Yes, you can use a Kindle Fire in Vietnam.

What is the best power charger for recharging a Kindle Fire in Vietnam?

When travelling with more than your Kindle Fire then the best travel adapter for Vietnam to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are three types of wall outlets in Vietnam (types G, A and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for both types A, C and G. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world just by changing the plugs over. If your Kindle Fire is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these types of power adapters, plus compatibility with more power demanding devices.

Unlike other travel chargers this means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to buy multiple travel chargers. Only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the size down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling as well as being convenient for recharging your Kindle Fire at the airport or on a plane. Due to their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when you return home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets using just a single plug socket.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible power adapter at an electronics retailer - 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 Vietnam

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 these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Vietnam and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Vietnam.
  • 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 and gives almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half the 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Vietnam. [10] [AD]
What is the best power charger for recharging a Kindle Fire in Vietnam?

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

Using USB micro Type B connector and a three pinned Type G power charger to charge a Kindle Fire from a Vietnamese power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to a Kindle Fire from the Vietnamese power outlet you will need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. First plug in the Type G USB power adapter into the Vietnamese power outlet. This power outlet (technically known as a Type G power outlet [3]) looks like three holes containing shutters forming a triangular configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Plug in the USB 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 charging port on a Kindle Fire.
  4. Turn on the Vietnamese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears at the top corner of the Kindle Fire screen will display a charge icon which indicates that your device is charging.
  6. It will take between roughly 4 hours to 12 hours to completely recharge to full capacity, however this may take longer depending on the model of Kindle you have, the strength of the power charger and if you are using the Kindle during recharging. For further information on charging please read the Kindle Fire device support [2] for more details on battery life and the charging process.
Powering a Kindle Fire with a Vietnamese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

How to use a Type A power charger for charging your Kindle Fire from a Vietnamese power outlet

A guide on how to recharge a Kindle Fire from a Vietnamese power outlet using type B Micro USB connector with a three pin Type A USB charger.

  1. In order to power a Kindle Fire from the Vietnamese power outlet you will need a Type A USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Insert the Type A USB power adapter into the Vietnamese power outlet. This unearthed power outlet, sometimes called the Type A power outlet [6], is identified by 2 adjacent slots for live and neutral blades.
  3. Plug in one 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 Vietnamese power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which appears in the top corner of the Kindle tablet display will display a charge icon which indicates that your device is charging.
  6. It will take between 4 hours to 12 hours to completely recharge to full capacity, however this may take longer depending on the model of tablet you have, the strength of the power source and if you are using the Kindle during recharging. For further information on charging please read the Kindle Fire device support [2] for more details on battery life and the charging process.
How to use a Type A power charger for charging your Kindle Fire from a Vietnamese power outlet

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

Using type B Micro USB connector with a three pin Type C Europlug power charger to recharge a Kindle Fire from a Vietnamese power outlet.

  1. To power the Kindle Fire from a Vietnamese power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [9] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Plug the Type C USB power adapter in the power supply. The power supply (known as the Type C power outlet [8] or Europlug) is recognised by 2 holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB micro type B connector into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the USB charging port on a Kindle Fire.
  4. Switch on the Vietnamese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found at the top corner of the tablet screen will show a lightning icon to indicate that the tablet is charging.
  6. It takes between around 4 hours to 12 hours to fully charge but this is likely to be longer depending on the type of Kindle tablet you are using, the charger strength and if you are using the tablet during the recharging process. Please read the Kindle Fire device support [2] for more details on the recharging process.
Charging a Kindle Fire from a Vietnamese power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org entry about Vietnam
  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, costing £5-£10.
  6. iec.ch - Type A power outlet
  7. Type A USB power adapter - An unearthed Type A USB charger has 2 parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes near the tip of each blade, £1-£2.
  8. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  9. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, estimated price £5-£10.
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated price £10-£15.