How to charge the Kindle Fire 1st generation when staying in Portugal

Instructions on how to recharge a Kindle Fire 1st generation from a Portuguese power outlet with type B micro USB connector with a 3 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter and charging a Kindle Fire 1st generation using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter.

Portuguese power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of standards and plugs can all be daunting when planning to stay in a foreign country if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of common standards used in the world this guide tells you exactly what to buy in advance to charge your Kindle Fire 1st generation in Portugal. This page has been specifically written to stop you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge your Kindle Fire 1st generation when you are travelling abroad.If you are going to travel to Portugal the following instructions show powering your Kindle Fire 1st generation using their F or C type 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, please note that Type F wall outlets will be normally used by a majority of Portuguese. Power sources will change from country to country so please read the WikiConnections global power connections list where you'll find a complete list of powering devices in different destinations. If travelling to Portugal from another country please ensure that the Kindle Fire 1st generation can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If the Kindle Fire 1st generation came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) check that your device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to stop the device from overheating when charging it.

The following page shows how to connect the Portuguese power outlet to your Fire and refers to the Kindle Fire 1st generationfrom the Kindle Fire series. Please visit the Amazon page on WikiConnections for the full product range of the latest Amazon Kindle Fire tablets. You can identify the Kindle Fire 1st generation by the power button on the bottom and the Kindle logo on the rear of the tablet. These instructions assume that you are using operating system version 6.3.4 or greater for the Kindle Fire 1st generation, if you don't we suggest installing the latest Kindle Fire 1st generation update to ensure you have all the latest fixes for your device. For further information go to the manufacturers website at Amazon for the Kindle Fire 1st generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire 1st generation manual.

Charging a Kindle Fire 1st generation in Portugal

Can the Kindle Fire 1st generation be used in Portugal?

You can connect a Kindle Fire 1st generation to a Portuguese power outlet by using a power convertor.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging a Kindle Fire 1st generation in Portugal?

When you are travelling with more than just your Kindle Fire 1st generation or visiting multiple countries the best travel charger for Portugal is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two types of plug sockets that Portuguese use (types F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the plugs. If your Kindle Fire 1st generation supports Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, and additional support for certain power demanding devices. Having a four port charger will allow you to charge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring multiple travel adapters on your trip to Portugal. Only bringing a single travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage whilst travelling and suitable for recharging your Kindle Fire 1st generation at the airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple phones, tablets and speakers without needing an additional power outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend searching for a flexible power charger similar to this at an electronics retailer. The power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Portugal

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, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unstable power grids. These travel converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact option for travellers originating from North America going to Portugal.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs and gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Portugal. [9] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging a Kindle Fire 1st generation in Portugal?

Powering a Kindle Fire 1st generation with a Portuguese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Instructions on how to recharge a Kindle Fire 1st generation from a Portuguese power outlet with type B micro USB connector with a 3 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter.

  1. In order to charge the Kindle Fire 1st generation from the Portuguese power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Begin by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the Portuguese power outlet. The plug outlet can be identified by two circular adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins slide into.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire 1st generation. You'll find the USB port at the bottom of the Fire located between the power button and the headphone socket.
  4. Turn on the Portuguese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found in the top corner of the Kindle tablet screen will display a lightning icon which indicates that your tablet is charging.
  6. The Fire takes roughly less than 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity, but this is likely to take longer depending on the strength of the power source and if you are using the device during the charging cycle. The battery life on your Kindle Fire 1st generation should last approximately 7 to 8 hours depending on use. Please read the Kindle Fire 1st generation charging support page [4] for more details on the charging procedure.
Powering a Kindle Fire 1st generation with a Portuguese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire 1st generation from a Portuguese power outlet

Instructions on how to recharge your Kindle Fire 1st generation from a Portuguese power outlet with type B micro USB connector with a 3 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter.

  1. To power your Kindle Fire 1st generation from the Portuguese power outlet you'll 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 in the wall outlet. You can identify this wall supply by two holes 19 mm apart from each other where the twin plug outlet pins slide into, plus a pair of two thin metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire 1st generation. You'll find the USB port at the bottom of the Kindle Fire 1st generation located between the power button and the headphone socket.
  4. Turn on the Portuguese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found in the top corner of the Kindle screen will display a lightning icon which indicates that your tablet is charging.
  6. The Fire takes around less than 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity, but this is likely to take longer depending on the strength of the power supply and if you are using the device during the charging cycle. The battery life on your Fire should last approximately 7 to 8 hours depending on use. Please read the Kindle Fire 1st generation charging support page [4] for more details on the charging procedure.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire 1st generation from a Portuguese power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org page about Portugal
  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, 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, £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, £15-£20.
  9. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, around £10.