How to charge your Kindle Fire from a power outlet in France

Instructions on how to power your Kindle Fire from a French power outlet using Micro USB type B connector and a Type C Europlug USB adapter and charging a Kindle Fire using a 2 pinned Type E power plug.

French power outlet

Various standards and plugs can often be daunting when planning on visiting another country especially if you've never visited before. This guide has been written to stop visitors needing to worry if they can power the Kindle Fire when they're staying abroad.The following useful guide shows how to power the Kindle Fire when visiting France by using the standard E or C type 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, please note that Type E plug outlets are used by most French. When you are visiting France from a different country make sure the Kindle Fire can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure that the Kindle Fire is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to stop the device from overloading whilst powering it.

These instructions show you how to connect the French power outlet to the Fire. This guide assumes that you are using the most recent version of Fire OS for the Kindle, if you don't visit Amazon for the most recent Kindle Fire software update which ensures you have the latest fixes for your Kindle. Visit the manufacturers website at Amazon.com for the Kindle Fire device support [2] for more information.

Charging a Kindle Fire in France

Can you use a Kindle Fire in France?

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

What is the best travel charger for a Kindle Fire in France?

If travelling with more than just your Kindle Fire or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel charger for France is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. French use two different types of plug sockets (types E and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your type of Kindle Fire can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of USB power chargers plus additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets. Having a 4 port adapter means you can charge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring individual power chargers for your trip. Because you are only needing to bring a single international USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage whilst travelling as well as being on hand for charging your Kindle Fire at an airport or on the plane. Because of their flexibility these types of adapters can be used back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without needing an additional power outlet.

We suggest searching for a flexible power charger similar to this online, the power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for France

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the Kindle Fire, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 North America going to France.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs and gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more generous 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 France. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for a Kindle Fire in France?

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your Kindle Fire from a French power outlet

Instructions on how to power your Kindle Fire from a French power outlet using Micro USB type B connector and a Type C Europlug USB adapter.

  1. If you want to charge the Kindle Fire from a French power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the French power outlet. You can recognise the power supply by two circular adjacent holes where the live and neutral plug outlet pins slide into.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the power charger and the other end into the USB charging port on a Kindle Fire.
  4. Turn on the French power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which appears at the top corner of the Fire screen will show a charge icon to indicate that your tablet is charging.
  6. It takes between roughly 4 hours to 12 hours to fully recharge however this may take longer depending on the model of Kindle Fire you are charging, the charger strength and if you are using the device during the recharging process. For more information please read the Kindle Fire device support [2] for more details on the recharging process.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your Kindle Fire from a French power outlet

Powering a Kindle Fire with a French power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

Using type B Micro USB cord and a three pinned Type E USB adapter to recharge your Kindle Fire from a French power outlet.

  1. In order to power your Kindle Fire using a French power outlet you will need to buy a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type E USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can recognise the power supply by two 4.8mm circular adjacent holes where the live and neutral plug outlet pins slide into with a long metal grounding pin protruding in the top in a triangle pattern.
  3. Then connect one end of the Type B Micro USB cord into the USB mains charger and the other end into the USB charging port on a Kindle Fire.
  4. Switch on the French power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which is found in the top corner of the Kindle Fire will display a lightning icon which indicates that your device is charging.
  6. It will take between approximately 4 hours to 12 hours to fully charge to full capacity, but this is likely to be longer depending on the type of tablet you have, the strength of the power charger and if you are using the tablet during the charging cycle. Please read the Kindle Fire device support [2] for more details on battery times and the recharging process.
Powering a Kindle Fire with a French power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - France country Wiki page
  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, 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, £5-£10.
  6. iec.ch - Type E power outlet
  7. Type E USB power adapter - There are two 4.8mm pins on Type E USB chargers which are placed 19mm apart and may include a hole for an earthing pin, around £5.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, £10-£15.