How to charge your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation from a power outlet in New Zealand

Instructions showing how to charge a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation with a New Zealand power outlet with Type B USB connector with a 3 pinned Type I USB charger.

New Zealand power outlet

If you are organizing a vacation to New Zealand it's helpful to know if you can charge any vital gadgets such as cell phones and cameras that you are bringing along with you. But without knowing which plug socket is used you are more likely to bring the wrong power adaptor, thereby leaving you needing to purchase a potentially overpriced charger when you arrive. Varying different combinations of voltages and plug types can all be confusing when planning to travel to a different country especially for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of standards being used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation in New Zealand. This page has instructions showing you exactly how to charge your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation when you're visiting New Zealand by using their 230 volt 50Hz I Type plug 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 that the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation can accept a 240v supply. If it was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) ensure that the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to avoid the device from being damaged during charging.

This guide shows you how to connect the New Zealand power outlet to the tablet and refers to the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation, not other tablets in the Kindle Fire range. Please check these instructions relate to your Kindle Fireby visiting the Amazon page on WikiConnections for the full series of Amazon Kindle Fire, Fire HD and Fire HDX models. You can recognise the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation by a front facing HD camera, the power and volume buttons on the back and an Amazon logo on the back. This guide assumes that you are using firmware version 4.5.5 or greater for the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation, but if not please visit Amazon for the latest Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation update to ensure you have the most up to date features for your tablet. Go to Amazon for the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation instruction guide for more information.

Charging a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation in New Zealand

Can the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation be used in New Zealand?

You can connect a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation to a New Zealand power outlet.

New Zealand

What is the best power charger for recharging a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation in New Zealand?

When you are travelling with more than just your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation the best travel charger for New Zealand to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the supplied plugs. If your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these types of USB travel adapters plus support for more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel chargers having a four port charger means you can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy multiple travel adapters or using up additional power outlets. Only bringing a single travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage while travelling. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones and using only a single plug socket.

For those travelling on a regular basis we recommend searching for this type of flexible power charger at your preferred electronics retailer. The travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for New Zealand

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unreliable power supplies. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 compact option for travellers originating from North America going to New Zealand.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with only 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting New Zealand. [7]
What is the best power charger for recharging a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation in New Zealand?

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

Using Type B Micro USB cord and a three pinned Type I USB adapter to recharge your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation from a New Zealand power outlet.

  1. In order to power your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation using a New Zealand power outlet you will need to buy a Type I USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type I USB power adapter in the New Zealand power outlet. You can recognise the plug outlet by 3 slots 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 USB power charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation. You will find the USB port at the bottom of the tablet located next to the power button.
  4. Turn on the New Zealand power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found in the top corner of the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation will show a charging icon which indicates that your tablet is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation takes roughly around 6 hours to completely charge to 100% capacity, however this may be longer depending on the strength of the power supply and if you are using the tablet during the charging cycle. The battery life on the Kindle lasts roughly 9 - 12 hours depending on how you use the tablet. For further information please read the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation charging support page [4] for more details on the recharging process.
Powering a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation with a New Zealand power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - New Zealand country Wiki page
  2. Amazon - Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation instruction manual
  3. iec.ch - Type I power outlet
  4. Amazon - Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation charging support page
  5. 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.
  6. 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 around £5.
  7. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, £10-£15.