How to charge your Kindle Fire from a power outlet in Switzerland

Instructions showing how to charge a Kindle Fire with a Swiss power outlet with Type B Micro USB cord and a three pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter and how to recharge a Kindle Fire using a Type J USB adapter.

Swiss power outlet

Various region codes and sockets can all be confusing when planning to travel to a different country especially for the first time traveller. This guide has been specifically written to help assist travellers wanting to charge their Kindle Fire when they're abroad.These instructions shows what you'll need to supply power to your Kindle Fire when you are travelling to Switzerland by using the J or C type 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, you will discover most Swiss will typically use the Type J sockets in their power outlets. When you are travelling to Switzerland from another region please ensure that the Kindle Fire can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check that the Kindle Fire is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to avoid the device from overheating when charging it.

These instructions show you how to connect the Swiss power outlet to the Kindle. This guide assumes you have installed the most recent version of Fire OS for the Kindle Fire, however if not we suggest installing the latest Kindle Fire update to ensure you have all the latest features for your Kindle. Visit Amazon for the Kindle Fire device support [2] for further information.

Charging a Kindle Fire in Switzerland

Can you use a Kindle Fire in Switzerland?

Yes, you can use a Kindle Fire in Switzerland.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging a Kindle Fire in Switzerland?

When you are travelling with more than just your Kindle Fire then the best international travel charger for Switzerland is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Swiss use two different types of plug sockets (J and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the plugs. If your model of Kindle Fire can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, and support for certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Having a four port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to buy individual power chargers for your trip or occupying additional power outlets. Only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage. Due to their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple phones and tablets with only a single plug socket.

For those travelling on a regular basis we recommend searching for this type of versatile power charger online, the power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Switzerland

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the Kindle Fire, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering 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 best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from America going to Switzerland using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise 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. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Switzerland. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging a Kindle Fire in Switzerland?

Powering a Kindle Fire with a Swiss power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Instructions showing how to charge a Kindle Fire with a Swiss power outlet with Type B Micro USB cord and a three pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter.

  1. In order to charge your Kindle Fire using a Swiss power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Firstly insert the Type C USB power adapter into the wall outlet. You can recognise the power supply by 2 round holes adjacent to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins slide into.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB type B connector into the power charger and the other end into the USB charging port on a Kindle Fire.
  4. Turn on the Swiss power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found at the top corner of the tablet display will display a charging icon to indicate that the device is charging.
  6. It will take between around 4 hours to 12 hours to completely charge to full capacity, but this is likely to take longer depending on the model of Fire you have, the charger strength and if you are using the device during recharging. Please read the Kindle Fire device support [2] for more details on battery times.
Powering a Kindle Fire with a Swiss power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Charging a Kindle Fire from a Swiss power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type J USB adapter

Instructions showing you how to recharge your Kindle Fire from a Swiss power outlet with Type B USB connector with a 3 pinned Type J USB adapter.

  1. In order to charge the Kindle Fire from a Swiss power outlet you will need a Type J USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Begin by taking the Type J USB power adapter and inserting it into the wall outlet. You can recognise the flattened hexagon shaped power supply by 3 circular holes forming a flattened triangular shape.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the USB power charger and the other end into the USB charging port on a Kindle Fire.
  4. Switch on the Swiss power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which appears in the top corner of the Kindle Fire will show a charging icon which indicates that your tablet is charging.
  6. It takes between roughly 4 hours to 12 hours to fully recharge however this may be longer depending on the type of Kindle tablet you are using, the strength of the power source and if you are using the device during the charging cycle. For further information on charging the Kindle Fire please read the Kindle Fire device support [2] for more details on the charging procedure.
Charging a Kindle Fire from a Swiss power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type J USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia page about Switzerland
  2. Amazon - Kindle Fire device support
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, £10-£15.
  5. 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 £5-£10.
  6. iec.ch - Type J power outlet
  7. Type J USB power adapter - Type J USB chargers have three rounded pins placed in a flattened triangular pattern with the top pin acting as an earth, costing £20-£25.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, £10-£15.