How to charge a Kindle Fire when visiting Cuba

Using type B Micro USB connector with a Type C Europlug USB charger to recharge a Kindle Fire with a Cuban power outlet, charging a Kindle Fire using a two pin Type A USB charger and charging a Kindle Fire using a three pin Type B USB charger

Cuban power outlet

Varying different combinations of region codes and sockets can all be confusing when planning on staying in a new country if you've never been there before. This page has been specifically written to prevent people needing to worry if they'll be able to power their Kindle Fire when they're abroad.This page contains instructions which shows what you'll need to power the Kindle Fire when you are travelling to Cuba using their types C, A or B Cuban 110 volt 60Hz power outlets, a majority of Cubans typically use the Type C sockets in their wall outlets. If the Kindle Fire charges slowly or does not power up when visiting Cuba from a different country please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically devices which originate from another country which use a higher voltage (for example 220 volts) may take longer to charge or won't power up, check the Kindle Fire is dual-voltage (you'll find these are usually marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to ensure proper use.

These instructions show you how to connect the Cuban power outlet to your Kindle. This page assumes you are using the most recent version of the Fire OS operating system for the Fire, however if not visit Amazon for the most recent Kindle Fire update to ensure you have the latest features for your device. For more information visit the Amazon.com support site for the Kindle Fire device support [2] .

Charging a Kindle Fire in Cuba

Can the Kindle Fire be used in Cuba?

Yes, you can use a Kindle Fire in Cuba.

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

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing more than just your Kindle Fire the best international travel charger for Cuba is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Cubans use three different standards of power outlets (C, A and B) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for both types A and C.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by switching the included heads. If your type of Kindle Fire can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these travel adapters and additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

This will allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to bring multiple power chargers. Only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage whilst travelling as well as being convenient for recharging your Kindle Fire at the airport or on a plane. Due to their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when you return home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets without using up an additional plug socket.

We suggest searching for this type of versatile power charger at your preferred electronics retailer; the multipurpose power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Cuba

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, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor 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 Cuba using type B American 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 the US using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Cuba. [10] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for a Kindle Fire in Cuba?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire from a Cuban power outlet

Using type B Micro USB connector with a three pin Type A USB charger to power a Kindle Fire with a Cuban power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge your Kindle Fire using the Cuban power outlet you'll need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Begin the process by inserting the Type A USB power adapter into the power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by two thin slots next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB micro type B connector into the mains USB charger and the other end into the USB charging port on a Kindle Fire.
  4. Switch on the Cuban power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which is found in the top corner of the tablet screen will show a lightning bolt icon which indicates that the device is charging.
  6. It takes between 4 hours to 12 hours to fully recharge to 100 percent capacity however this is likely to take longer depending on the type of tablet you are using, the charger strength and if you are using the device during charging. Please read the Kindle Fire device support [2] for more details on battery life.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire from a Cuban power outlet

Powering a Kindle Fire with a Cuban power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Using type B USB cable with a three pin Type B USB charger to power a Kindle Fire with a Cuban power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the Kindle Fire from a Cuban power outlet you will need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type B USB power adapter in the power supply. This power outlet (technically known as a Type B power outlet [6]) is recognised by two slots with a single hole below for the grounded pin.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB micro type B connector into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the USB charging port on a Kindle Fire.
  4. Switch on the Cuban power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found in the top corner of the tablet screen will show a lightning bolt icon which indicates that the device is charging.
  6. It takes between roughly 4 hours to 12 hours to fully recharge to 100 percent capacity however this is likely to take longer depending on the type of Fire you are using, the charger strength and if you are using the tablet during charging. Please read the Kindle Fire device support [2] for more details on battery life.
Powering a Kindle Fire with a Cuban power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

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

A guide showing how to power a Kindle Fire with a Cuban power outlet with Type B USB micro cord with a Europlug Type C USB charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to your Kindle Fire from the Cuban power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [9] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. First plug in the Type C USB power adapter into the Cuban power outlet. You can identify this power outlet by two circular holes next to each other.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the USB charging port on a Kindle Fire.
  4. Turn on the Cuban power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears at the top corner of the Kindle tablet will display a charge icon to indicate that your tablet is charging.
  6. It will take between approximately 4 hours to 12 hours to completely charge, but this may be longer depending on the model of Kindle Fire you are charging, the strength of the power and if you are using the device during the recharging process. Please read the Kindle Fire device support [2] for more details on the recharging process.
Powering a Kindle Fire with a Cuban power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia page about Cuba
  2. Amazon - Kindle Fire device support
  3. iec.ch - Type A power outlet
  4. Type A USB power adapter - An unearthed Type A USB charger has 2 parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes near the tip of each blade, £1-£2.
  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, costing £5-£10.
  6. iec.ch - Type B power outlet
  7. Type B USB power adapter - 3 pinned Type B USB chargers have a single unearthed round pin along with 2 shorter parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes in the end of each blade, around £15.
  8. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  9. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, priced at around £10.
  10. 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.