How to charge a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation from a power outlet in France

A step by step guide showing you how to charge your Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation from a French power outlet using USB type B cable and a three pin Type C Europlug power charger and how to charge a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation using a double pinned Type E USB plug.

French power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of standards and voltages can often lead to confusion when planning on staying in a foreign country especially if you've never been there before. These instructions were specifically written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation when you are going to France.These simple instructions will show what you'll need to charge the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation when visiting France by using their Type E or C French 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, Type E plug outlets will be normally used by most French. When travelling to France from another country check your Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation can accept a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) ensure that the device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overheating when powering up.

The following instructions show how to connect the French power outlet to your Kindle Fire HD8.9 Second Generation and refers to the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation, not other tablets in the Kindle Fire range. Please visit the Amazon page where you'll find the full product range of the latest Amazon Kindle Fire, Fire HD and Fire HDX models. This Kindle is recognised by a front facing HD camera, the power and volume buttons on the sides and the Kindle logo on the back. These instructions assume that you have installed OS version 8.5.1 or greater for the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation, if not we recommend installing the latest Kindle software update which ensures you have the most up to date features for your device. Visit the Amazon website for the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation instruction guide for more information.

Charging a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation in France

Can the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation be used in France?

You can use a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation in France by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best travel charger for a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation in France?

If you are travelling with more than just your Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation then the best international travel charger for France is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two standards of power outlets that French use (types E and C) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied heads. If your type of Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times with one of these types of USB travel chargers and additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port charger will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple travel chargers for your trip to France or using up additional wall sockets. By only bringing a single international USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage while travelling. Due to their versatility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple phones and tablets without using up an additional power outlet.

If you travel to France we recommend searching for a versatile travel charger similar to this online. The travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for France

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices via USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from North America going to France.
  • 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 America using type B plugs. This offers the same functionality as the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at almost half the 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting France. [9] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation in France?

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation from a French power outlet

A step by step guide showing you how to charge your Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation from a French power outlet using USB type B cable and a three pin Type C Europlug power charger.

  1. In order to charge your Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation using a French power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Insert the Type C USB power adapter in the French power outlet. You can identify this power outlet by the 2 round holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation. You can find the USB port at the side of the tablet located next to the HDMI output.
  4. Turn on the French power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears at the top corner of the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation display will display a charge icon to indicate that your tablet is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation takes around 5 hours to fully recharge to full capacity, but this may be longer depending on the strength of the power supply and if you are using the device whilst charging. The battery life on your 8.9" Kindle lasts 9 - 11 hours. Please read the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery life and the recharging process.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation from a French power outlet

How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation from a French power outlet

A guide on how to power a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation with a French power outlet with type B Micro USB connector with a Type E power adapter.

  1. To power the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation from a French power outlet you will need to buy a Type E USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type E USB power adapter into the French power outlet. The sunken round wall outlet (called the Type E power outlet [7] or CEE 7/7 outlet) can be recognised by the two holes 19mm adjacent to each other where the twin pins sit and one long metal grounding pin protruding in the top to form a triangular configuration.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation. You will find the USB port at the side of the tablet found next to the HDMI output.
  4. Turn on the French power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which appears at the top corner of the Kindle Fire HD8.9 Second Generation display will show a charge icon which indicates that your tablet is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire HD8.9 Second Generation takes less than 5 hours to fully recharge to full capacity, however this may be longer depending on the strength of the power source and if you are using the device during the recharging process. The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation battery life is 9 to 11 hours. For more information please read the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery times.
How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation from a French power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - French country page on Wikipedia
  2. Amazon - Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation instruction manual
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Amazon - Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation charging support page
  5. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, £10-£15.
  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. iec.ch - Type E power outlet
  8. 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, estimated cost £5-£10.
  9. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, £10-£15.