How to charge the Kindle Fire when staying in New Zealand

Using Type B Micro USB connector and a Type I power charger to power your Kindle Fire from a New Zealand power outlet.

New Zealand power outlet

If you are planning a trip to New Zealand it's helpful to know if you'll be able to power your indispensable electrical devices like mobiles or laptop computers when you get there. Without knowing which wall socket to expect you could end up either bringing too many spare adaptors or pack the wrong charger, leaving you needing to purchase a potentially overpriced power adaptor on arrival. Varying different combinations of voltages and standards can often be confusing when planning to travel to a different country if you've never visited before. If you're visiting New Zealand the following instructions show powering your Kindle Fire using a standard 230 volt 50Hz Type I New Zealand wall outlet, with the New Zealanders using a special AS/NZS 3112 plug for charging. When you are travelling to New Zealand from another region please ensure the Kindle Fire can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If the Kindle Fire originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure the Kindle Fire is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to stop the device from overheating when charging it.

The following page shows how to connect the New Zealand power outlet to your Kindle. These recommendations assume that you are using the most recent version of Fire OS for the Kindle Fire, however if not please visit Amazon for the most recent Kindle Fire firmware update which ensures you have the most up-to-date features for your Kindle. Go to the Amazon.com support site for the Kindle Fire device support [2] for more information.

Charging a Kindle Fire in New Zealand

Can the Kindle Fire be used in New Zealand?

Yes, you can use a Kindle Fire in New Zealand.

What is the best power charger for a Kindle Fire in New Zealand?

If travelling with more than your Kindle Fire and visiting multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for New Zealand to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the supplied heads over. If your model of Kindle Fire can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these power chargers plus support for certain power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters this will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate power chargers or using up additional wall sockets. Only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage. Due to their flexibility these types of travel adapters can be used back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones with only a single plug socket.

We suggest buying this type of flexible power adapter online, the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries.

Alternative travel adapter for New Zealand

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting 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 both New Zealand and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America going to New Zealand using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting New Zealand. [6] [AD]
What is the best power charger for a Kindle Fire in New Zealand?

Powering a Kindle Fire with a New Zealand power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter

Instructions on how to recharge your Kindle Fire from a New Zealand power outlet with USB type B connector with a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter.

  1. In order to charge the Kindle Fire from the New Zealand power outlet you will need to buy a Type I USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Begin by inserting the Type I USB power adapter in the New Zealand power outlet. You can identify this wall supply by three thin slots forming a triangular pattern with a single vertical pin at the bottom and the top pair of slots sloping upwards for the live, neutral and earth blades.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the USB charging port on a Kindle Fire.
  4. Turn on the New Zealand power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found in the top corner of the Kindle screen will display a lightning icon which indicates that your tablet is charging.
  6. It takes between 4 hours to 12 hours to completely charge to full capacity, but this is likely to take longer depending on the model of Kindle Fire you are using, the strength of the power source and if you are using the tablet during the recharging cycle. Please read the Kindle Fire device support [2] for more details on the charging procedure.
Powering a Kindle Fire with a New Zealand power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org page about New Zealand
  2. Amazon - Kindle Fire device support
  3. iec.ch - Type I power outlet
  4. Type I USB power adapter - Type I USB chargers use three short flat blades in a V format with the top blade acting as a grounding pin, costing £20-£25.
  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, costs £5-£10.
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, around £10.