Charging the Kindle Fire when planning a trip to Australia

How to connect an Australian power outlet to a Kindle Fire

Australian power outlet

Different standards and plug types can often be daunting when planning to stay in a foreign country, especially if you've never been there before. This guide has been specifically written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge your Kindle Fire when staying in Australia.These step by step instructions shows what you'll need to charge your Kindle Fire when travelling to Australia using the 230 volt 50Hz Type I plug supply. You'll find power will vary from region to region therefore we suggest reading the Oceania page for a complete list of regions and countries. When visiting Australia from a different region make sure your Kindle Fire can be charged using a 240v supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure your Kindle Fire is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to prevent the device from overheating during charging.

These instructions show how to connect the Australian power outlet to the tablet. These recommendations assume you are using the most recent version of the OS for the Kindle tablet, but if not we recommend installing the most recent Kindle Fire update to make sure you have the most up-to-date set of features for your Kindle. For further information visit the manufacturers site at Amazon for the Kindle Fire device support [2] .

Charging a Kindle Fire in Australia

Can you use a Kindle Fire in Australia?

Yes, you can connect a Kindle Fire to an Australian power outlet.

What is the best travel charger for recharging a Kindle Fire in Australia?

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your Kindle Fire then the best travel charger for Australia is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by changing the heads. If your model of Kindle Fire supports Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB travel chargers, plus additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. This means you can recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy individual travel chargers. Only packing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage whilst travelling as well as being suitable for charging your Kindle Fire at the airport or on your flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and speakers without using up an additional plug socket.

We suggest searching for this type of flexible travel charger online. 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 with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Australia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Australia 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 Australia.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Australia. [6] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for recharging a Kindle Fire in Australia?

Charging a Kindle Fire from an Australian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter

Using Type B USB Micro cable and a 3 pin Type I power charger to recharge your Kindle Fire with an Australian power outlet.

  1. If you want to power the Kindle Fire using the Australian power outlet you will need to use a Type I USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Insert the Type I USB power adapter in the Australian power outlet. This plug supply (known as a Type I power outlet [3]) can be recognised by 3 thin slots for the live, neutral and earth. Be aware that the neutral and live pins are reversed compared to Argentinian power outlets, please check that your Type I travel adaptor is compatible in Australia.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Type B USB Micro connector into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the USB charging port on a Kindle Fire.
  4. Turn on the Australian power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which is found at the top corner of the Kindle tablet screen will display a lightning bolt icon to indicate that your device is charging.
  6. It takes between approximately 4 hours to 12 hours to completely recharge, however this is likely to be longer depending on the model of tablet you are using, the strength of the power and if you are using the device whilst charging. Please read the Kindle Fire device support [2] for more details on battery life and the recharging procedure.
Charging a Kindle Fire from an Australian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Australian Wikipedia page
  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, estimated price £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.