How to charge the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation when staying in New Zealand

New Zealand power outlet to a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation

New Zealand power outlet

Various region codes and plugs can often be confusing when planning to visit a different country especially if you've never visited before. This isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets being used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what to purchase in advance to charge your Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation in New Zealand. When visiting New Zealand these instructions show powering your Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation using a 230 volt 50Hz Type I New Zealand plug outlet, with the New Zealanders using a special AS/NZS 3112 plug for power outlets. When you are visiting New Zealand from a different country double check your Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation can be used with a 240v supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check your device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to stop the device from overheating when charging it. If you plan on staying somewhere like Auckland or Wellington please read the wikipedia entry about New Zealand [1] for more information on visiting the area.

These instructions show you how to connect the New Zealand power outlet to the Forth Generation Kindle Fire HDX 8.9" and this page refers to the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation not other tablets in the Kindle Fire series. We recommend visiting the Amazon page to see the full series of Amazon Kindle Fire, Fire HD and Fire HDX models. This Kindle version can be recognised by rear and front facing cameras, the volume and power buttons on the back and an Amazon logo on the back. This guide assumes you have installed version 4.5.5 or greater of the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation OS, but if not please visit Amazon for the most recent Kindle software update to make sure you have all the latest fixes for your device. For further information go to Amazon for the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation instruction manual [2] .

Charging a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation in New Zealand

Can the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation be used in New Zealand?

You can connect a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation to a New Zealand power outlet.

New Zealand

What is the best power charger for a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation in New Zealand?

If travelling to more than one country the best travel charger for New Zealand is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by changing the supplied heads over. If your model of Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation can support Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, and additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a four port charger means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate power chargers. Because you are only bringing a single travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage as well as being convenient for charging your Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation at the airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets without using up an additional power outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend searching for this type of versatile travel adapter at your preferred electronics retailer. The power charger 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 visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unstable power grids. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both New Zealand and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact 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 offers almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting New Zealand. [7]
What is the best power charger for a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation in New Zealand?

How to use a Type I power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation from a New Zealand power outlet

Using type B USB cord and a Type I power charger to power your Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation from a New Zealand power outlet.

  1. To supply power to a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th 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. Begin by inserting the Type I USB power adapter in the New Zealand power outlet. The plug outlet, technically known as the Type I power outlet [3], can be recognised by the three thin slots for the live, neutral and ground.
  3. Connect the USB end of the type B USB cord into the USB power charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation. You can find the USB port on the foot of your Kindle found 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 8.9 4th generation screen will show a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is charging.
  6. The tablet takes around 6 hours to completely charge however this may be longer if you are using the device during the charging cycle. The battery life on your Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation should last approximately 10 to 12 hours depending on use. Please read the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery life.
How to use a Type I power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation from a New Zealand power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia entry about New Zealand
  2. Amazon - Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation instruction manual
  3. iec.ch - Type I power outlet
  4. Amazon - Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th 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, £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, around £5.
  7. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated price around £10.