How to charge the Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation when staying in Australia

Instructions on how to recharge a Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation with an Australian power outlet by using USB Micro Type B cable with a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter.

Australian power outlet

Complicated frequencies and region codes can often be daunting when planning to stay in a foreign country especially for the first time traveller. However this isn't as complicated 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 HD 6 4th generation in Australia. This page has been specifically written to help prepare people wanting to charge their Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation abroad.When you're travelling to Australia the following instructions show powering your Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation using their 230 volt 50Hz I Type power outlet. If visiting Australia from another region please make sure the Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation can accept a 240 volt supply. If the Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts ensure the Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from being damaged during charging. If you are planning to stay in an Australian destination like Sydney please read the Wikipedia entry about Australia [1] for more information on visiting the area.

This list of instructions shows you how to connect the Australian power outlet to the Kindle and refers to the Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation. Please ensure these instructions relate to your Kindle Fireby visiting the Amazon page where you'll find the full list of Amazon Kindle Fire, Fire HD and Fire HDX models. This Kindle version can be recognised by a front facing VGA camera, a rear facing HD camera, the volume and power buttons on the side and an Amazon logo on the back. This guide assumes you have installed operating system version 4.5.5 or greater for the Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation, if you don't we suggest installing the latest Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation firmware update which ensures you have the latest fixes for your tablet. For further information go to Amazon for the Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation instruction manual [2] .

Charging a Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation in Australia

Can the Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation be used in Australia?

You can connect a Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation to an Australian power outlet by using a power convertor.

Australia

What is the best power charger for a Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation in Australia?

If travelling to more than one country the best travel charger for Australia is a multiple USB 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 included heads over. If your model of Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation supports 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, along with additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters this will also allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring multiple travel adapters on your trip to Australia or occupying additional power outlets. By only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the overall weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers with only a single plug socket.

We suggest buying an adaptable power charger similar to this at an electronics retailer. The power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with perfect 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 via USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of counties with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 Australia 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 Australia. [7]
What is the best power charger for a Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation in Australia?

How to use a Type I power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation from an Australian power outlet

Instructions on how to recharge a Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation with an Australian power outlet by using USB Micro Type B cable with a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter.

  1. To supply power to a Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation using an Australian power outlet you will need a Type I USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Insert the Type I USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This power outlet, technically known as the Type I power outlet [3], can be recognised by the 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. Note that the live and neutral pins are configured reversed compared to Argentinian power outlets therefore please check that your Type I power adaptor is compatible with an Australian power supply.
  3. Then connect one 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 port on a Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation. On the top right of your tablet located next to the power button you can find the USB port.
  4. Switch on the Australian power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which appears at the top corner of the tablet display will display a lightning icon which indicates that your tablet is charging.
  6. The Kindle takes around less than 6 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity, but this is likely to take longer depending on the strength of the power source and if you are using the tablet during recharging. Typically the battery life on the Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation should last approximately 7 to 8 hours depending on use. Please read the Kindle Fire HD 6 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 HD 6 4th generation from an Australian power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia entry about Australia
  2. Amazon - Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation instruction manual
  3. iec.ch - Type I power outlet
  4. Amazon - Kindle Fire HD 6 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, around £20.
  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, £5-£10.
  7. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, £10-£15.