Charging the Kindle Fire 1st generation from a power outlet in England

Connecting a British power outlet to a Kindle Fire 1st generation

British power outlet

Different voltages and region codes can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country especially to the first time traveller. These instructions have been specifically written to prevent you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge the Kindle Fire 1st generation abroad.This page contains step-by-step instructions which shows how to supply power to the Kindle Fire 1st generation in England using a standard 230 volt 50Hz G Type British power outlet, with the Britons using BS 1363 13 amp plugs for power outlets. If you are travelling to England from a different region please double check the Kindle Fire 1st generation can be used with a 240 volt supply. If your Kindle Fire 1st generation was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v ensure your Kindle Fire 1st generation is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to avoid the device from overheating during charging. If you're planning to stay somewhere such as London or Bath please refer to the England Wiki page [1] for more indepth information.

The following instructions show you how to connect the British power outlet to your Kindle original and this page refers to the Kindle Fire 1st generation, not other tablets in the Kindle Fire product line. Visit the Amazon page where you'll see the full list of the latest Amazon Kindle Fire, Fire HD and Fire HDX models. You can identify this Kindle Fire model by a power button on the bottom and the Kindle logo on the back. This page assumes that you have installed version 6.3.4 or greater of the Fire operating system for the Kindle Fire 1st generation, if not we recommend installing the latest Kindle update to make sure you have the most up to date set of features for your Kindle. For further information visit the support website at Amazon for the Kindle Fire 1st generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire 1st generation instruction manual.

Charging a Kindle Fire 1st generation in England

Can the Kindle Fire 1st generation be used in England?

Yes, you can connect a Kindle Fire 1st generation to a British power outlet.

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What is the best travel charger for recharging a Kindle Fire 1st generation in England?

If travelling with more than just your Kindle Fire 1st generation the best international travel adapter for England is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. As these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the heads. If your Kindle Fire 1st generation supports Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers, and additional compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

Unlike other adapters this will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power adapters. Only needing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall size down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage while travelling. Because of their versatility these types of travel 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 phones without needing an additional plug socket.

If you travel regularly we suggest searching for a versatile power charger like this at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for England

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 1st generation, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both England 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 power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting England using 3 pinned type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting England. [7]
What is the best travel charger for recharging a Kindle Fire 1st generation in England?

How to use a Type G power charger for charging your Kindle Fire 1st generation from a British power outlet

Using Micro USB type B connector and a 3 pin Type G power adapter to recharge your Kindle Fire 1st generation with a British power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the Kindle Fire 1st generation using the British power outlet you will need to buy 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 wall supply. The power outlet, technically called the Type G power outlet [3], can be identified by three rectangular slots with plastic shutters in a triangle shape.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the mains power adapter and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire 1st generation. You can find the USB port at the foot of the Kindle Fire first gen located between the headphone output and the power button.
  4. Switch on the British power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top corner of the first gen Kindle Fire will display a charging icon which indicates that the tablet is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire 1st generation takes under 4 hours to completely recharge, however this is likely to be longer if you are using the tablet during the charging process. Typically the battery life on your Kindle Fire 1st generation is approximately 7 - 8 hours. For further information please read the Kindle Fire 1st generation charging support page [4] for more details on the charging process and battery life.
How to use a Type G power charger for charging your Kindle Fire 1st generation from a British power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - England Wiki page
  2. Amazon - Kindle Fire 1st generation instruction manual
  3. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  4. Amazon - Kindle Fire 1st 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, around £20.
  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, £5-£10.
  7. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated cost £10-£15.