How to charge a Kindle Fire when planning a trip to Uruguay

A step by step guide showing how to recharge your Kindle Fire from a Uruguayan power outlet by using type B Micro USB cord with a Type F USB adapter, charging a Kindle Fire using a Europlug Type C USB charger and recharging a Kindle Fire using a Type L power charger

Uruguayan power outlet

Various voltages and plugs can often be daunting when planning on staying in a new country to the first time traveller. When visiting Uruguay the following instructions show how to charge the Kindle Fire using their standard types F, C, I or L 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, a majority of Uruguayans normally use the Type F plugs in their power outlets. You'll discover that power will change depending on which area you are visiting so please read the South America page for a complete list of countries. If you are visiting Uruguay from a different country please ensure that the Kindle Fire can be used with a 240v supply. If the Kindle Fire came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) double check the Kindle Fire is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to prevent the device from overloading when charging it. If you're planning on staying somewhere like Montevideo or Maldonado we also recommend referring to the Uruguay Wikipedia web page [1] for further information on the location.

This guide shows you how to connect the Uruguayan power outlet to the Fire. These instructions assume that you have installed the most recent version of Fire OS for the Kindle Fire, however if you don't visit Amazon for the most recent Kindle Fire update to ensure you have all the latest set of features for your Kindle Fire. Visit the Amazon.com support site for the Kindle Fire device support [2] for more information.

Charging a Kindle Fire in Uruguay

Can the Kindle Fire be used in Uruguay?

You can use a Kindle Fire in Uruguay by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best power adapter for recharging a Kindle Fire in Uruguay?

When travelling to more than one country the best international travel charger for Uruguay is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are four standards of power outlets in Uruguay (types F, C, I and L) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by changing the plugs over. If your model of Kindle Fire is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these travel adapters plus compatibility with more power demanding devices. Having a 4 port adapter will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple travel chargers for your trip to Uruguay or using up additional wall outlets. Only needing a single international travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage whilst travelling as well as being on hand for recharging your Kindle Fire at the airport or on a flight. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and e-readers without using up an additional power outlet.

If you travel to Uruguay we recommend searching for this type of flexible power adapter at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Uruguay

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the Kindle Fire, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary for visitors of regions with unreliable power supplies. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Uruguay 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 from North America using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at 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 perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Uruguay. [10] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for recharging a Kindle Fire in Uruguay?

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your Kindle Fire from a Uruguayan power outlet

Using USB type B connector and a three pinned Europlug Type C power charger to charge a Kindle Fire from a Uruguayan power outlet.

  1. In order to charge a Kindle Fire using the Uruguayan power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Begin by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall outlet. The power supply can be recognised by the 2 adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB type B connector into the mains USB charger and the other end into the USB charging port on a Kindle Fire.
  4. Turn on the Uruguayan power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which appears at the top corner of the Kindle Fire will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is charging.
  6. It takes between around 4 hours to 12 hours to fully recharge to 100 percent capacity, however this may take longer depending on the model of Kindle you have, the strength of the power and if you are using the device during the recharging process. Please read the Kindle Fire device support [2] for more details on the charging process and battery times.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your Kindle Fire from a Uruguayan power outlet

How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your Kindle Fire from a Uruguayan power outlet

A step by step guide showing how to recharge your Kindle Fire from a Uruguayan power outlet by using type B Micro USB cord with a Type F USB adapter.

  1. To power the Kindle Fire from a Uruguayan power outlet you will need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Plug in the Type F USB power adapter in the power supply. This sunken circular plug supply can be identified by the two 4.8mm holes 19 mm next to each other where the live and neutral pins sit and two thin metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Connect one end of the Type B USB micro cord into the bottom of the mains power charger and the other end into the USB charging port on a Kindle Fire.
  4. Switch on the Uruguayan power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which is found in the top corner of the Kindle tablet display will display a charge icon to indicate that your tablet is charging.
  6. It will take between approximately 4 hours to 12 hours to fully charge however this is likely to take longer depending on the type of tablet you are charging, the strength of the power source and if you are using the Kindle during the recharging cycle. Please read the Kindle Fire device support [2] for more details on battery life and the recharging process.
How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your Kindle Fire from a Uruguayan power outlet

How to use a Type L power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire from a Uruguayan power outlet

Using type B Micro USB cord with a Type L power adapter to charge your Kindle Fire from a Uruguayan power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge your Kindle Fire using a Uruguayan power outlet you'll need to use a Type L USB power adapter [9] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Start by taking the Type L USB power adapter and inserting it in the power outlet. You can recognise the squashed hexagon shaped power outlet by the 3 round adjecent holes in a line for live, neutral and ground pins. Note there are two variations of Type L power outlet, one rated at 10 amps and one for 16 amps. The 10 amp version has 4mm thick pins spaced 5.5mm apart, whilst a 16 amp version has larger 5mm thick round pins spaced 8mm apart.
  3. Connect one end of the USB Type B cord into the bottom of the mains power charger and the other end into the USB charging port on a Kindle Fire.
  4. Switch on the Uruguayan power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which appears in the top corner of the Kindle Fire screen will display a charge icon to indicate that your tablet is charging.
  6. It will take between approximately 4 hours to 12 hours to fully charge to 100% capacity however this is likely to take longer depending on the model of tablet you have, the strength of the power source and if you are using the Kindle during the recharging cycle. Please read the Kindle Fire device support [2] for more details on battery life and the recharging process.
How to use a Type L power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire from a Uruguayan power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Uruguay Wikipedia web page
  2. Amazon - Kindle Fire device support
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, around £10.
  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 cost £5-£10.
  6. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  7. Type F USB power adapter - Type F USB chargers are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, £15-£20.
  8. iec.ch - Type L power outlet
  9. Type L USB power adapter - Earthed Type L USB chargers comprise of three 4mm pins placed in parallel 5.5mm apart, £25-£30.
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, around £10.