Charging your Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation from a power outlet in Germany

A page showing how to recharge a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation from a German power outlet using Type B Micro USB cable and a Type C USB charger and how to power a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation using a Schuko Type F USB plug.

German power outlet

If you are organizing a trip to Germany it can be helpful to know if you can use your devices such as mobiles and cameras when you get to your destination. By not knowing which power socket is used you are more likely to bring the wrong power charger, therefore leaving you needing to buy a potentially expensive adaptor on arrival. Various combinations of standards and plug types can often cause confusion when planning to travel to another country if you've never been there before. However this isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets used throughout the world this article shows exactly what to buy in advance to charge the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation in Germany. This page was written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge your Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation when you're in staying in Germany.If travelling to Germany these useful instructions show how to power your Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation by using their types F or C 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, please be aware Type F power outlets are typically used by most Germans. When travelling to Germany from a different region ensure that your Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v double check the device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional converter to prevent the device from overloading when powering up.

This guide shows how to connect the German power outlet to the Kindle tablet and refers to the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation not other tablets in the Kindle Fire product line. Please check these instructions relate to your Kindle Fire model, visit the Amazon page on WikiConnections where you'll see the full series of Amazon Kindle Fire tablets. You can recognise the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation by a front facing camera, the power and volume buttons on the sides and the Kindle logo on the back of the tablet. This page assumes that you are using version 8.5.1 or greater of the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation Fire OS operating system, if not please visit Amazon for the most recent Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation software update to make sure you have all the latest fixes for your Kindle. For further information go to the manufacturers site at Amazon.com for the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation instruction guide.

Charging a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation in Germany

Can you use a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation in Germany?

You can connect a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation to a German power outlet by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best power adapter for recharging a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation in Germany?

If you are travelling with more than just your Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation and visiting multiple countries the best international travel charger for Germany to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Germans use two different types of power outlets (F and C) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by switching the included heads. If your type of Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times with one of these USB power chargers, plus compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets. This will allow you to power multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack individual travel chargers or occupying additional wall sockets. Because you are only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand baggage while travelling. Because of their flexibility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets using only a single power outlet.

We suggest searching for a multipurpose power adapter like this at your preferred electronics retailer; the power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Germany

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is crucial when visiting regions with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Germany 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 most popular compact option for travellers originating from North America visiting Germany using 3 pinned type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs. This gives almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Germany. [9] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for recharging a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation in Germany?

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

Instructions showing how to power a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation from a German power outlet using Type B Micro USB cable and a Type C USB charger.

  1. To charge your Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation using the German power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Start the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it in the German power outlet. This unearthed plug outlet (sometimes known as a Europlug) can be recognised by the 2 circular holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Plug in one 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. At the side of your Kindle Fire Second Generation situated to the right of the HDMI jack you'll find the USB port.
  4. Turn on the German power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top corner of the Second Generation Kindle Fire screen will show a charging icon to indicate that your device is charging.
  6. The 8.9" Kindle Fire HD takes around under 5 hours to completely recharge to 100 percent capacity but this is likely to be longer if you are using the tablet during the charging process. The 8.9" Kindle Fire battery life should last 9 - 11 hours. Please read the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery life.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation from a German power outlet

How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation from a German power outlet

Using Type B Micro USB cable and a Type F USB charger to power a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation from a German power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to your Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation from a 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 by inserting the Type F USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can recognise this wall outlet by two large round adjacent holes where the twin pins go, plus thin grounding clips above and below.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the USB power 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 situated next to the HDMI socket.
  4. Switch on the German power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found at the top corner of the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation display will show a lightning bolt icon to indicate that the tablet is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation takes under 5 hours to fully charge to full capacity, however this is likely to take longer depending on the strength of the power and if you are using the device during recharging. The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation battery life lasts approximately 9 - 11 hours. Please read the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery times and the charging process.
How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation from a German power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Germany country wikipedia page
  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, estimated cost around £10.
  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 around £5.
  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, around £15.
  9. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, around £10.