How to charge a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation from a power outlet in Portugal

A step-by-step guide showing how to recharge your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation from a Portuguese power outlet by using USB type B cable with a Europlug Type C USB adapter and charging a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation using a Schuko Type F USB adapter.

Portuguese power outlet

If you are packing for a vacation to Portugal it's helpful to know in advance if you can power all your common gadgets that you'll be bringing along with you. By not knowing which wall socket is being used you are likely to bring the wrong power adaptor, leaving you needing to buy a suitable adaptor when you're there. Different standards and plugs can often cause confusion when planning to stay in a different country especially if you've never been there before. If you are travelling to Portugal these instructions show how to power the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation using their standard types F or C Portuguese 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, Type F plug outlets will be typically used by a majority of Portuguese. When you are travelling to Portugal from another country please make sure your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation can be used with a 240v supply. If the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged whilst powering it.

This guide shows you how to connect the Portuguese power outlet to the Kindle and refers to the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation, not other tablets in the Kindle Fire range. Please visit the Amazon page on WikiConnections where you'll find the full series of the latest Amazon Kindle Fire models. You can recognise this model of the Kindle by the power and volume buttons on the back and an Amazon logo on the back. These instructions assume that you have installed version 4.5.5 Fire OS or greater for the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation, if you don't please visit Amazon for the latest Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation firmware update to make sure you have the latest fixes for your Kindle. Visit the Amazon.com support site for the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation instruction guide for more information.

Charging a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation in Portugal

Can you use a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation in Portugal?

Yes, you can use a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation in Portugal by using a power convertor.

What is the best power charger for recharging a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation in Portugal?

When you are travelling with more than your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation and visiting more than one country then the best international travel charger for Portugal is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Portuguese use two different standards of plug sockets (F and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your model of Kindle Fire HD 3rd 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 more power demanding devices. This means you can charge more than one device at the same time without needing to buy seperate power adapters or using up additional power outlets. Only needing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage and suitable for recharging your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation at an airport or on a plane. Because of their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones, tablets and e-readers without needing an additional plug socket.

For those travelling on a regular basis we recommend buying a versatile travel charger similar to this online. The power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Portugal

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Portugal 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 Portugal.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This offers almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with just 1 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Portugal. [9] [AD]
What is the best power charger for recharging a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation in Portugal?

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation from a Portuguese power outlet

Instructions showing how to charge a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation from a Portuguese power outlet with type B USB connector with a Type C power adapter.

  1. To supply power to your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation from the Portuguese 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. Begin the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter in the Portuguese power outlet. This power outlet can be recognised by the two round adjacent holes.
  3. Connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation. On the base of the 7" Kindle found next to the power button you can find the USB port.
  4. Switch on the Portuguese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found at the top corner of the tablet screen will show a charging icon which indicates that your device is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation takes around 6 hours to completely recharge, but this is likely to be longer depending on the power strength and if you are using the tablet during charging. Typically the battery life on the lasts 9 - 11 hours depending on use. For more information on charging the tablet please read the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery times.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation from a Portuguese power outlet

How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation from a Portuguese power outlet

Using type B Micro USB cord with a Type F power adapter to charge a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation from a Portuguese power outlet.

  1. In order to charge your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation using a Portuguese 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. Start the process by inserting the Type F USB power adapter into the wall outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by the two round holes 19 mm adjacent to each other where the twin pins sit, plus metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Connect the USB end of the type B Micro USB cord into the bottom of the mains USB charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation. You'll find the USB port at the foot of your Kindle Fire Third Generation situated next to the power button.
  4. Switch on the Portuguese power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which appears in the top corner of the 7" Kindle display will display a charge icon to indicate that your tablet is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation takes approximately less than 6 hours to completely charge to 100% capacity however this may take longer if you are using the device during the recharging cycle. The battery life should last approximately 9 to 11 hours. For further information please read the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery life and the recharging process.
How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation from a Portuguese power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Portugal Wikipedia page
  2. Amazon - Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation instruction manual
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Amazon - Kindle Fire HD 3rd 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, costing around £15.
  9. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated cost £10-£15.