How to charge a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation when visiting England

British power outlet to a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation

British power outlet

If you are planning to travel to England it can be useful to know if you'll be able to charge any common devices like mobiles and tablets when you're there. By not knowing which wall socket is used in England you could end up either over packing with unnecessary spare adaptors or pack the wrong adaptor, leaving you needing to buy or borrow a potentially expensive power adaptor when you get there which could be incompatible. Varying complicated region codes and plugs can often be daunting when planning on staying in a foreign country especially if you've never been there before. This step by step guide will show how to power your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation when you're visiting England using their standard 230 volt 50Hz Type G power outlet, with the Britons using a BS 1363 13 amp plug for power outlets. When you are travelling to England from another country please check your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts double check your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to prevent the device from over-heating when charging it. If you're planning on staying at a tourist destination such as London we recommend reading the England Wikipedia web page [1] for more indepth information.

This list of instructions shows you how to connect the British power outlet to the Kindle tablet and refers to the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation. Please ensure these instructions relate to your exact Kindle Fire modelby visiting the Amazon page on WikiConnections to see the full series of the latest Amazon Kindle Fire models. This Kindle Fire version is identified by the volume and power buttons on the back and the Amazon logo on the rear. These instructions assume that you have installed version 4.5.5 Fire OS operating system or greater for the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation, however if not visit Amazon for the most recent Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation update which makes sure you have the latest features for your device. Go to the support website at Amazon.com for the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation instruction guide for more information.

Charging a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation in England

Can the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation be used in England?

Yes, you can use a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation in England by using the correct power convertor.

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What is the best power adapter for recharging a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation in England?

If travelling with more than just your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation the best travel adapter for England to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied plugs. If your model of Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these USB travel 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 power chargers. Because you are only packing a single USB travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage while travelling and on hand for charging your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation at the airport or on the flight. Because of their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple phones, tablets and speakers using just a single wall outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible power adapter at your preferred electronics retailer - the multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries 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 HD 3rd generation, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary for visitors of regions with unreliable power supplies. These power 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 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 England.
  • 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 is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for 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 power adapter for recharging a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation in England?

Powering a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation with a British power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

A guide showing how to recharge a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation with a British power outlet with Micro USB type B cord and a Type G power adapter.

  1. If you want to supply power to your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation from 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 the process by taking the Type G USB power adapter and inserting it into the British power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the 3 vertical rectangular slots with shutters forming a triangle shape.
  3. Plug in 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 3rd generation. At the base of your tablet found next to the power button you'll find the USB port.
  4. Switch on the British power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which is found in the top corner of the Kindle screen will show a lightning bolt icon which indicates that the device is charging.
  6. The Kindle tablet takes roughly under 6 hours to fully charge but this is likely to be longer depending on the power strength and if you are using the tablet during the recharging process. The Kindle tablet battery life should last approximately 9 - 11 hours depending on use. Please read the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery life and the charging process.
Powering a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation with a British power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

See also

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