How to charge a Kindle Fire 1st generation when planning a trip to Mexico

Instructions on how to charge a Kindle Fire 1st generation from a Mexican power outlet using USB type B connector and a three pinned Type A USB charger and charging a Kindle Fire 1st generation using a Type B USB adapter.

Mexican power outlet

Various voltages and plugs can all be confusing when planning on visiting another country to the first time traveller. This guide was specifically written to prevent you having to worry if you'll be able to charge your Kindle Fire 1st generation abroad.This page has useful instructions demonstrating exactly what you'll need to supply power to your Kindle Fire 1st generation when travelling to Mexico by using their Type B or A Mexican 127 volt 60Hz plug outlets, you will find most Mexicans will use Type B plug outlets. Type A electrical sockets aren't as commonplace but still used by some hotels in Mexico. If the Kindle Fire 1st generation does not power up or charges slowly when travelling to Mexico from another region check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Devices which originate from a country which use a higher voltage such as 240 volts sometimes take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check that the device is dual-voltage (usually marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional transformer to ensure proper use.

These instructions show how to connect the Mexican power outlet to your Kindle and this page refers to the Kindle Fire 1st generation. We recommend visiting the Amazon page on WikiConnections where you'll see the full series of the latest Amazon Kindle Fire models. This version of the Kindle is recognised by the power button on the bottom and the Kindle logo on the rear. These instructions assume that you have installed OS version 6.3.4 or greater for the Kindle Fire 1st generation, but if not we suggest installing the latest Kindle software update which ensures you have the most up to date fixes for your Kindle. For more information go to the Amazon.com support site for the Kindle Fire 1st generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire 1st generation instruction guide.

Charging a Kindle Fire 1st generation in Mexico

Can the Kindle Fire 1st generation be used in Mexico?

You can use a Kindle Fire 1st generation in Mexico by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best travel adapter for a Kindle Fire 1st generation in Mexico?

If you are travelling with more than just your Kindle Fire 1st generation then the best travel charger for Mexico to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [9]. There are two different standards of wall outlets that Mexicans use (B and A) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type A. Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the heads over. If your Kindle Fire 1st generation is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times with one of these USB travel chargers plus additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices.

Having a 4 port charger will also allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple power chargers or using up additional power outlets. Because you are only needing to bring a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the overall 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 1st generation at the airport or on a flight. Because of their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and e-readers with only a single power outlet.

If you travel to Mexico we recommend searching for this type of flexible power adapter online. The multipurpose travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [9] which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Mexico

The 4 port USB travel charger [9] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the Kindle Fire 1st generation, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is necessary when visiting regions with unstable power grids. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering 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 Mexico.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs. This offers the same functionality as the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a flexible 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 Mexico.
What is the best travel adapter for a Kindle Fire 1st generation in Mexico?

Powering a Kindle Fire 1st generation with a Mexican power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Instructions on how to charge a Kindle Fire 1st generation from a Mexican power outlet using USB type B connector and a three pinned Type A USB charger.

  1. To supply power to your Kindle Fire 1st generation from the Mexican power outlet you will need a Type A USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type A USB power adapter into the Mexican power outlet. This unearthed power outlet (sometimes known as the Type A power outlet [3]) can be identified by the 2 adjacent slots next to each other. Type A plug sockets in Mexico might not be as commonplace however are still used by some hotels.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB type B connector into the mains USB charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire 1st generation. At the bottom of the Kindle original located between the headphone socket and the power button you will find the USB port.
  4. Switch on the Mexican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found in the top corner of the Kindle tablet display will show a charging icon which indicates that your device is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire 1st generation takes roughly around 4 hours to completely recharge, but this may be longer depending on the strength of the power supply and if you are using the device during the recharging process. The Kindle Fire 1st generation battery life is around 7 to 8 hours. Please read the Kindle Fire 1st generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery life.
Powering a Kindle Fire 1st generation with a Mexican power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

How to use a Type B power charger for charging your Kindle Fire 1st generation from a Mexican power outlet

Using type B Micro USB connector with a Type B power adapter to charge your Kindle Fire 1st generation from a Mexican power outlet.

  1. In order to charge a Kindle Fire 1st generation using the Mexican power outlet you'll need to use a Type B USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Begin by taking the Type B USB power adapter and plugging it in the power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by 2 thin slots with a single hole below for the longer earth pin. Type B electrical outlets will be the most commonly used sockets in Mexico.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Micro USB type B cable into the USB power charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire 1st generation. You'll find the USB port at the base of your tablet found between the power button and the headphone output.
  4. Switch on the Mexican power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which is found in the top corner of the Kindle Fire 1st generation display will display a charge icon which indicates that your tablet is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire 1st generation takes approximately less than 4 hours to completely charge but this is likely to be longer depending on the power strength and if you are using the tablet whilst charging. The battery life on your Kindle Fire 1st generation is 7 to 8 hours. Please read the Kindle Fire 1st generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery life and the charging process.
How to use a Type B power charger for charging your Kindle Fire 1st generation from a Mexican power outlet

See also

  1. https://www.visitmexico.com/en - Visit Mexico Web Site
  2. https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&linkCode=ur2&nodeId=200711000&linkId=SLZV3UCJE7XZ4Y7M - Kindle Fire 1st generation instruction manual
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeA.htm - Type A power outlet
  4. https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&linkCode=ur2&nodeId=201119640&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=BHZDW336CXLI4M7V - Kindle Fire 1st generation charging support page
  5. Type A USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type A mains power outlet
  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
  7. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeB.htm - Type B power outlet
  8. Type B USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type B mains power outlet
  9. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters