Charging a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation when visiting Australia

A guide showing how to power a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation with an Australian power outlet with Micro USB type B connector and a 3 pinned Type I power charger.

Australian power outlet

Various combinations of standards and voltages can often cause confusion when planning to visit another country, especially if you've never visited before. The following step by step guide shows you how to power your Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation when you're visiting Australia using their standard 230 volt 50Hz Type I Australian power outlet. If travelling to Australia from a different region make sure that the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation can accept a 240v supply. If your Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) double check the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overheating when powering up. If you are planning on visiting somewhere such as Sydney we also recommend referring to the wikipedia entry about Australia [1] for further information on the location.

This guide shows you how to connect the Australian power outlet to your Kindle and refers to the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation. Please ensure these instructions relate to your exact Kindle Fire modelby visiting the Amazon page on WikiConnections to see the full series of the latest Amazon Kindle Fire models. This Kindle Fire version is identified by a front facing camera, the power and volume buttons on the sides and the Kindle logo on the rear. These instructions assume that you have installed version 8.5.1 or greater of the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation Fire OS, however if you don't visit Amazon for the most recent Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation update which makes sure you have the most up to date features for your tablet. Go to the support website at Amazon.com for the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation user guide for more information.

Charging a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation in Australia

Can you use a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation in Australia?

Yes, you can connect a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation to an Australian power outlet.

Australia

What is the best power adapter for recharging a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation in Australia?

If travelling with more than just your Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation then the best travel adapter for Australia to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied heads. If your type of Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these travel adapters plus additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other chargers this means you can charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack individual travel adapters for your trip or using up additional wall outlets. Only needing a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without using up an additional power outlet.

For those travelling on a regular basis we suggest buying an adaptable power adapter like this online. The travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Australia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Australia using type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs and gives almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half the 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Australia. [7]
What is the best power adapter for recharging a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation in Australia?

Powering a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation with an Australian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter

A guide showing how to power a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation with an Australian power outlet with Micro USB type B connector and a 3 pinned Type I power charger.

  1. In order to power a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation from the Australian power outlet you'll need a Type I USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Begin the process by inserting the Type I USB power adapter into the power outlet. The plug supply, sometimes called the Type I power outlet [3], can be recognised by three slots in a triangular configuration with a single vertical pin at the base and the top pair of slots sloping upward for the live, neutral and earth blades. Please be aware that the live and neutral pins are reversed compared to Argentinian plug outlets therefore please check that your Type I travel adaptor is compatible with an Australian power outlet.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the USB adapter and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation. You'll find the USB port on the side of your tablet found next to the HDMI connector.
  4. Turn on the Australian power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which appears in the top corner of the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation screen will display a charge icon to indicate that your tablet is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation takes approximately around 5 hours to completely recharge to full capacity, but this may be longer if you are using the device during recharging. Typically the battery life on your Kindle lasts 9 - 11 hours. Please read the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery life.
Powering a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation with an Australian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter

See also

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