Charging the Kindle Fire when planning a trip to Puerto Rico

Using USB Micro type B cord with a Type A USB charger to recharge your Kindle Fire with a Puerto Rican power outlet and how to power a Kindle Fire using a 3 pin Type B power adapter.

Puerto Rican power outlet

If planning a vacation it's useful to know if you can use any common electronics when you get there. But by not knowing which power supply is being used you could pack the wrong power charger, leaving you having to purchase a potentially expensive charger when you need to recharge which might not be compatible and cause problems with your Kindle Fire. Various combinations of frequencies and standards can all be daunting when planning to stay in a foreign country especially for the first time traveller. This page was written to stop people worrying if they'll be able to charge the Kindle Fire when they're going abroad.The following guide tells you exactly what you'll need to power your Kindle Fire when travelling to Puerto Rico using the Type B or A 120 volt 60Hz wall outlets, you will discover a majority of Puerto Ricans typically use Type B plugs in their wall outlets. Most power will change regionally therefore we suggest reading the North America page for a complete list of regions and countries. If the Kindle Fire charges slowly or does not power up when you are visiting Puerto Rico from another country check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically electrical devices which come from a country which use a higher voltage (for example 220 volts) either take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check the device is dual voltage (you'll find these are normally marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to ensure proper use.

This list of instructions shows how to connect the Puerto Rican power outlet to the Kindle. This page assumes that you have installed the most recent version of the Fire OS operating system for the Kindle tablet, but if not we recommend installing the most recent Kindle Fire update to make sure you have the latest fixes for your device. Go to the Amazon support site for the Kindle Fire device support [2] for further information.

Charging a Kindle Fire in Puerto Rico

Can you use a Kindle Fire in Puerto Rico?

You can use a Kindle Fire in Puerto Rico by using a power adaptor.

What is the best power adapter for a Kindle Fire in Puerto Rico?

When travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your Kindle Fire then the best travel adapter for Puerto Rico is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different types of power outlets that Puerto Ricans use (B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your type of Kindle Fire supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers, plus additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other travel chargers this will allow you to power more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel chargers. Only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets and phones without needing an additional wall outlet.

We recommend buying an adaptable travel charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Puerto Rico

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, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of counties with unreliable power supplies. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Puerto Rico and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from America going to Puerto Rico using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • 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 originating from America using type B plugs and is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more flexible 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 Puerto Rico. [8] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for a Kindle Fire in Puerto Rico?

Powering a Kindle Fire with a Puerto Rican power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Using Micro USB Type B connector with a Type A USB charger to charge your Kindle Fire with a Puerto Rican power outlet.

  1. To charge a Kindle Fire from a Puerto Rican power outlet you'll need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Plug the Type A USB power adapter into the Puerto Rican power outlet. The wall outlet (technically called the Type A power outlet [3]) is identified by the 2 thin slots next to each other where the twin plug outlet blades slide into.
  3. Connect one end of the Type B USB Micro cable into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the USB charging port on a Kindle Fire.
  4. Switch on the Puerto Rican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top corner of the tablet will display a lightning bolt icon to indicate that your device is charging.
  6. It takes between around 4 hours to 12 hours to completely recharge, however this is likely to be longer depending on the model of Fire you are using, the strength of the power and if you are using the tablet during the charging process. For further information please read the Kindle Fire device support [2] for more details on battery life and the recharging procedure.
Powering a Kindle Fire with a Puerto Rican power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire from a Puerto Rican power outlet

Instructions showing you how to power a Kindle Fire from a Puerto Rican power outlet with USB Micro type B connector with a three pinned Type B power adapter.

  1. In order to supply power to your Kindle Fire using the Puerto Rican power outlet you will need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type B USB power adapter and inserting it in the wall supply. The wall outlet (technically called the Type B power outlet [6]) is identified by the 2 thin slots next to each other where the short twin plug outlet blades slide into with a semicircle hole below for the earth pin.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the USB power adapter and the other end into the USB charging port on a Kindle Fire.
  4. Turn on the Puerto Rican power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which is found at the top corner of the Kindle screen will display a charging icon to indicate that your device is charging.
  6. It takes between approximately 4 hours to 12 hours to completely recharge to full capacity but this may take longer depending on the type of Kindle Fire you have, the charger strength and if you are using the Kindle during charging. Please read the Kindle Fire device support [2] for more details on battery times.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire from a Puerto Rican power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Puerto Rican country entry on wikipedia
  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, around £1.
  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, £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, costs £20-£25.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced around £10.