Charging the Kindle Fire 1st generation when planning a trip to Germany

Using USB Micro type B cord with a three pinned Europlug Type C USB charger to charge your Kindle Fire 1st generation with a German power outlet and recharging a Kindle Fire 1st generation using a Type F Schuko power adapter.

German power outlet

Varying different region codes and voltages can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country, especially if you've never been there before. The following useful guide will show exactly what you'll need to power your Kindle Fire 1st generation when staying in Germany using the types F or C 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, please note Type F power outlets will be used by a majority of Germans. If you are travelling to Germany from another region ensure your Kindle Fire 1st generation can be charged using a 240v supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure that your Kindle Fire 1st generation is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to avoid the device from overloading whilst powering it.

This list of instructions shows how to connect the German power outlet to your Kindle original and refers to the Kindle Fire 1st generation. Please visit the Amazon page where you'll see the full series of the latest Amazon Kindle Fire, Fire HD and Fire HDX models. This Kindle model can be identified by the power button on the bottom and a Kindle logo on the rear. This page assumes that you have installed version 6.3.4 firmware or greater for the Kindle Fire 1st generation, but if you don't we recommend installing the most recent Kindle Fire 1st generation software update which makes sure you have the most up-to-date set of features for your Kindle Fire. Visit the Amazon.com site for the Kindle Fire 1st generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire 1st generation user manual for further information.

Charging a Kindle Fire 1st generation in Germany

Can you use a Kindle Fire 1st generation in Germany?

You can connect a Kindle Fire 1st generation to a German power outlet.

What is the best power adapter for a Kindle Fire 1st generation in Germany?

When travelling with more than your Kindle Fire 1st generation or visiting more than one country the best international travel adapter for Germany is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Germans use two different types of power outlets (types F and C) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type C. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your type of Kindle Fire 1st generation is compatible with Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers, plus additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. This means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power adapters for your German trip. By only bringing a single international travel charger will also keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage while travelling. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend buying this type of flexible travel charger online; the travel charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Germany

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 those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of counties with unreliable power supplies. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Germany 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 portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Germany.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just 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 suitable for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Germany. [9] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for a Kindle Fire 1st generation in Germany?

Charging a Kindle Fire 1st generation from a German power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Using type B Micro USB connector and a 3 pin Type C USB charger to charge your Kindle Fire 1st generation with a German power outlet.

  1. To charge a Kindle Fire 1st generation from a German power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the German power outlet. You can recognise this plug supply by the two round adjacent holes for live and neutral pins.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the type B USB Micro cable into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire 1st generation. On the bottom of your Kindle Fire first gen found between the power button and the headphone connector you will find the USB port.
  4. Turn on the German power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which is found at the top corner of the first gen Kindle Fire will display a charging icon to indicate that your tablet is charging.
  6. The first gen Kindle Fire takes approximately around 4 hours to fully charge, however this is likely to be longer if you are using the tablet during the charging process. Typically the Kindle Fire 1st generation battery life should last 7 to 8 hours. For further information on charging please read the Kindle Fire 1st generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery life and the recharging procedure.
Charging a Kindle Fire 1st generation from a German power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Charging a Kindle Fire 1st generation from a German power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

Instructions showing you how to power a Kindle Fire 1st generation from a German power outlet with Type B USB Micro cable and a 3 pin Schuko Type F USB charger.

  1. If you want to power your Kindle Fire 1st generation using the German power outlet you will need to use a Type F USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type F USB power adapter into the wall supply. The circular wall outlet, also known as a Type F power outlet [7], can be identified by the two 4.8mm round holes 19 mm next to each other and a pair of thin grounding clips above and below.
  3. Connect one end of the Type B USB Micro cable into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire 1st generation. On the base of the tablet situated between the power button and the headphone output you'll find the USB port.
  4. Turn on the German power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which is found at the top corner of the Kindle Fire 1st generation display will show a charge icon which indicates that the tablet is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire first gen takes around less than 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity but this may take longer if you are using the tablet during the charging process. Typically the Kindle Fire 1st generation battery life should last 7 to 8 hours depending on use. For more information please read the Kindle Fire 1st generation charging support page [4] for more details on the charging process and battery life.
Charging a Kindle Fire 1st generation from a German power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Germany Wikipedia page
  2. Amazon - Kindle Fire 1st generation instruction manual
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Amazon - Kindle Fire 1st 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 F power outlet
  8. Type F USB power adapter - Type F USB chargers are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, priced £15-£20.
  9. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated price £10-£15.