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

Instructions showing how to recharge a Kindle Fire with a Jamaican power outlet with micro USB Type B cable with a Type A power adapter and how to charge a Kindle Fire using a three pin Type B USB adapter.

Jamaican power outlet

Differing combinations of frequencies and region codes can all be daunting when planning to travel to a different country especially for the first time traveller. These guidelines have been written to assist visitors wanting to charge their Kindle Fire when they're going abroad.When going to Jamaica this page contains instructions showing how to charge your Kindle Fire using their standard types B or A Jamaican 110 volt 50Hz plug outlets, please note that Type B plug outlets are used by most Jamaicans. If the Kindle Fire slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when you are travelling to Jamaica from another region then 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 240 volts) sometimes take longer to charge or won't power up, so check that the device is dual-voltage (you'll find these are usually marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to ensure proper use.

This guide shows you how to connect the Jamaican power outlet to the Kindle tablet. This guide assumes that you are using the most recent version of Fire OS for the Fire, if you don't visit Amazon for the most recent Kindle Fire firmware update which ensures you have the most up to date features for your tablet. Go to Amazon for the Kindle Fire device support [2] for more information.

Charging a Kindle Fire in Jamaica

Can you use a Kindle Fire in Jamaica?

Yes, you can use a Kindle Fire in Jamaica by using the correct power convertor.

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

If travelling with more than just your Kindle Fire or visiting multiple countries then the best travel charger for Jamaica is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Jamaicans use two different standards of power outlets (B and A) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your type of Kindle Fire can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times with one of these power adapters, along with additional support for certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters having a four port charger means you can power multiple devices at the same time without needing to bring multiple power chargers for your trip. Only needing to pack a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without needing an additional wall outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of versatile power charger at an electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here 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 Jamaica

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 visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unreliable power supplies. These travel converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Jamaica 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 adapter for travellers originating from America visiting Jamaica 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 North America using type B plugs. This gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with just one 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Jamaica. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for a Kindle Fire in Jamaica?

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

Using Type B USB cable with a Type A power charger to charge a Kindle Fire with a Jamaican power outlet.

  1. To power the Kindle Fire from the Jamaican power outlet you will need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Begin by taking the Type A USB power adapter and plugging it into the power outlet. This plug outlet, technically called a Type A power outlet [3], is identified by 2 adjacent slots.
  3. Connect one end of the type B Micro USB cord into the bottom of the USB power charger and the other end into the USB charging port on a Kindle Fire.
  4. Turn on the Jamaican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found in the top corner of the Fire display will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is charging.
  6. It takes between 4 hours to 12 hours to completely recharge however this is likely to take longer depending on the model of Kindle you have, the charger strength and if you are using the tablet during the charging cycle. Please read the Kindle Fire device support [2] for more details on battery times.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire from a Jamaican power outlet

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

Using USB micro Type B cable and a Type B USB adapter to charge a Kindle Fire from a Jamaican power outlet.

  1. In order to charge your Kindle Fire using a Jamaican 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. Insert the Type B USB power adapter in the Jamaican power outlet. You can recognise the plug outlet by 2 thin slots parallel to each other with a semicircle shaped hole below for the grounded pin.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the mains power charger and the other end into the USB charging port on a Kindle Fire.
  4. Turn on the Jamaican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears at the top corner of the tablet screen will show a charge icon which indicates that your tablet is charging.
  6. It takes between approximately 4 hours to 12 hours to fully recharge, but this is likely to take longer depending on the type of tablet you have, the strength of the power charger and if you are using the device whilst charging. Please read the Kindle Fire device support [2] for more details on the charging process and battery times.
Powering a Kindle Fire with a Jamaican power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Jamaican Wikipedia page
  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, costs £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, estimated cost £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, £15-£20.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced at under £15.