Charging a Kindle Fire 2nd generation when visiting Zimbabwe

Using USB micro type B connector and a three pinned Type G power charger to recharge a Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a Zimbabwe power outlet and recharging a Kindle Fire 2nd generation using a Type D power adapter.

Zimbabwe power outlet

When planning a vacation it can be helpful to know if you can charge your common gadgets like mobile phones and cameras when you're there. By not knowing which plug socket is being used in Zimbabwe you could end up either weighing your bags down with unnecessary spare adaptors or bring the wrong power adaptor, leaving you having to buy or borrow a potentially overpriced adaptor when you're there. Complicated frequencies and region codes can often lead to confusion when planning on travelling to a different country, especially if you've never visited before. If travelling to Zimbabwe these instructions show how to power the Kindle Fire 2nd generation using the standard G or D type 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets, most Zimbabweans will normally use Type G plug outlets. When you are travelling to Zimbabwe from another country please check your Kindle Fire 2nd generation can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check that your Kindle Fire 2nd generation is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to prevent the device from over-heating when charging it. If you're planning on staying at a tourist destination such as Harare we recommend reading the Wikipedia.org page about Zimbabwe [1] for more indepth information on travelling to the location.

This guide shows you how to connect the Zimbabwe power outlet to the Kindle and refers to the Kindle Fire 2nd generation. Please ensure these instructions relate to your exact Kindle Fire modelby visiting the Amazon page on WikiConnections where you'll see the full series of the latest Amazon Kindle Fire, Fire HD and Fire HDX models. This particular make of Kindle Fire is recognised by the volume and power buttons on the sides and the Kindle logo on the rear. These instructions assume that you have installed version 10.5.1 or greater of the Kindle Fire 2nd generation Fire OS, however if you don't visit Amazon for the most recent Kindle Fire 2nd generation firmware update which makes sure you have the most up to date fixes for your Kindle Fire. For more information go to the support site at Amazon.com for the Kindle Fire 2nd generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire 2nd generation PDF guide.

Charging a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in Zimbabwe

Can you use a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in Zimbabwe?

Yes, you can connect a Kindle Fire 2nd generation to a Zimbabwe power outlet.

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

If travelling with more than your Kindle Fire 2nd generation then the best travel adapter for Zimbabwe to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Zimbabweans use two different standards of plug sockets (types G and D) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type G.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the supplied heads. If your type of Kindle Fire 2nd generation can support Fast Charge (note not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker 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 recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack individual travel chargers for your trip or using up additional wall outlets. Because you are only needing to bring a single travel charger will keep the overall size down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage. 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 phones and tablets using just a single plug socket.

We suggest searching for this type of versatile power charger at your preferred electronics retailer; the multipurpose power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Zimbabwe

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the Kindle Fire 2nd generation, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which is necessary for visitors of regions with unstable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Zimbabwe and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Zimbabwe.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Zimbabwe. [9]
What is the best power adapter for recharging a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in Zimbabwe?

Charging a Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a Zimbabwe power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Using Micro USB type B cord and a Type G power adapter to charge your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a Zimbabwe power outlet.

  1. In order to power a Kindle Fire 2nd generation using the Zimbabwe power outlet you'll need a Type G USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Begin the process by inserting the Type G USB power adapter into the power outlet. The plug supply, sometimes known as the Type G power outlet [3], looks like 3 rectangular holes containing shutters forming a triangle configuration for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire 2nd generation. At the side of your tablet found next to the HDMI jack you can find the USB port.
  4. Turn on the Zimbabwe power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears at the top corner of the Kindle Fire 2nd generation will display a charge icon to indicate that your tablet is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire 2nd generation takes approximately around 5 hours to completely recharge to full capacity, however this may be longer if you are using the device during recharging. Typically the battery life on your tablet is 8 to 9 hours. For further information please read the Kindle Fire 2nd generation charging support page [4] for more details on the recharging procedure and battery life.
Charging a Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a Zimbabwe power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a Zimbabwe power outlet

Using USB micro Type B cable and a three pin Type D USB charger to recharge a Kindle Fire 2nd generation with a Zimbabwe power outlet.

  1. In order to charge a Kindle Fire 2nd generation using the Zimbabwe power outlet you'll need to buy a Type D USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type D USB power adapter in the power outlet. This plug outlet, sometimes called the Type D power outlet [7], looks like three holes in a triangular shape for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB micro type B connector into the mains USB charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire 2nd generation. At the side of the Second Generation Kindle Fire HD located to the right of the HDMI output you'll find the USB port.
  4. Switch on the Zimbabwe power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found at the top corner of the screen will show a lightning icon to indicate that the device is charging.
  6. The Fire takes around under 5 hours to completely charge but this is likely to be longer depending on the strength of the power and if you are using the device during the recharging cycle. Typically the battery life on the 7" Kindle Fire should last roughly 8 - 9 hours. Please read the Kindle Fire 2nd generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery life.
How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a Zimbabwe power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia.org page about Zimbabwe
  2. Amazon - Kindle Fire 2nd generation instruction manual
  3. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  4. Amazon - Kindle Fire 2nd generation charging support page
  5. Type G USB power adapter - A Type G USB charger has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin, estimated cost between $10 to $15.
  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, costing under $10.
  7. iec.ch - Type D power outlet
  8. Type D USB power adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D USB chargers have large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, costs between $10 to $15.
  9. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, around $15.