Charging the Kindle Fire 2nd generation when planning a trip to England

Connecting a British power outlet to a Kindle Fire 2nd generation

British power outlet

When packing for a trip to England it can be helpful to know in advance if you'll be able to power your essential electrical devices when you're there. But by not knowing which wall socket is used in England you may pack the wrong power charger, meaning having to purchase a potentially expensive charger when you need to recharge which might not be compatible and cause problems with your Kindle Fire 2nd generation. Complicated combinations of voltages and sockets can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country for the first time traveller. This isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards being used in the world this article shows exactly what to buy in advance to power your Kindle Fire 2nd generation . When you are planning a holiday to England this page contains useful instructions showing powering the Kindle Fire 2nd generation by using a 230 volt 50Hz Type G plug outlet, the Britons will use a BS 1363 13 amp plug for wall outlets. When visiting England from a different region please double check the Kindle Fire 2nd generation can be used with a 240 volt supply. If your Kindle Fire 2nd generation was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check the device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to prevent the device from overheating whilst powering it.

The following list of instructions show you how to connect the British power outlet to your Second Generation Kindle Fire and refers to the Kindle Fire 2nd generation. We recommend visiting the Amazon page on WikiConnections for the full range of Amazon Kindle Fire models. This Kindle tablet can be identified by the power and volume buttons on the sides and a Kindle logo on the rear. This page assumes that you have installed Fire OS version 10.5.1 or greater for the Kindle Fire 2nd generation, however if you don't please visit Amazon for the most recent Kindle Fire 2nd generation OS update which makes sure you have the most up-to-date set of features for your Kindle. Visit the support website at Amazon for the Kindle Fire 2nd generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire 2nd generation instruction manual for further information.

Charging a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in England

Can you use a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in England?

You can use a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in England by using a power adaptor.

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What is the best travel charger for recharging a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in England?

If you are travelling to more than one country or bringing more than your Kindle Fire 2nd generation then the best travel charger for England to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by switching the included plugs over. If your type of Kindle Fire 2nd 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 power adapters along with compatibility with certain power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other travel chargers this will allow you to power more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel chargers or occupying additional wall sockets. 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. Because of their flexibility these types of travel adapters can be used back at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers without using up an additional wall outlet.

If you travel regularly we suggest searching for this type of flexible travel charger online; the travel 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 with perfect reliably.

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 2nd generation, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters are supplied 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 converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from America going to England using 3 pin type B 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 America using type B plugs and offers practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting England. [7]
What is the best travel charger for recharging a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in England?

Charging a Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a British power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Instructions on how to recharge a Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a British power outlet with USB Micro type B cord with a Type G USB charger.

  1. If you want to power a Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a British 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. Insert the Type G USB power adapter into the British power outlet. You can recognise this plug supply by the three holes forming a triangle pattern.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire 2nd generation. You can find the USB port at the side of your Kindle Fire Second Generation found next to the HDMI connector.
  4. Switch on the British power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top corner of the 7 inch Kindle will display a lightning bolt icon to indicate that your device is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire Second Generation takes approximately around 5 hours to fully charge, however this is likely to be longer depending on the power strength and if you are using the device during charging. Typically the Kindle Fire 2nd generation battery life should last 8 to 9 hours. For further information please read the Kindle Fire 2nd generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery life and the recharging procedure.
Charging a Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a British power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - England Wikipedia page
  2. Amazon - Kindle Fire 2nd generation instruction manual
  3. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  4. Amazon - Kindle Fire 2nd 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, £20-£25.
  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, priced £5-£10.
  7. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, £10-£15.