How to charge a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation when visiting Mexico

Simple instructions showing you how to recharge your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation with a Mexican power outlet with USB micro Type B cable and a three pinned Type A power charger and recharging a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation using a three pin Type B USB plug.

Mexican power outlet

If planning a trip to Mexico it can often be useful to know if you'll be able to power any indispensable devices when you get there. By not knowing which wall socket is being used you may end up either having to bring unnecessary adaptors or pack the wrong adaptor, meaning needing to buy a potentially expensive power adaptor when you get there that could be incompatible. Varying complicated region codes and plugs can often be daunting when planning on staying in a foreign country especially if you've never been there before. If you're staying in Mexico these useful instructions show how to power the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation using the standard B or A type 127 volt 60Hz plug outlets, most Mexicans will normally 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 HDX 3rd 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. Normally electrical devices which originated from a different country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) sometimes take longer to charge or won't power up, so check your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation is a dual voltage device (you'll find these are usually indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to ensure proper use.

This guide shows you how to connect the Mexican power outlet to the Fire and refers to the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation. We recommend visiting the Amazon page on WikiConnections where you'll see the full range of the latest Amazon Kindle Fire, Fire HD and Fire HDX models. This particular make of Kindle tablet is recognised by a front facing HD camera, the power and volume buttons on the back and an Amazon logo on the back of the tablet. This page assumes you are using version 4.5.5 or greater of the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation firmware, if you don't we recommend installing the latest Kindle software update to ensure you have all the latest fixes for your Kindle Fire. Go to the Amazon site for the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation guide for further information.

Charging a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation in Mexico

Can the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation be used in Mexico?

Yes, you can use a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation in Mexico by using a power convertor.

What is the best travel charger for a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation in Mexico?

When you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing more than just your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation the best international travel charger for Mexico is a multiple USB port adapter 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 ensures that you are covered for type A. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world just by changing the plugs over. If your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB power chargers, and support for more power hungry devices. Unlike other travel adapters this will also allow you to power multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy seperate power adapters on your Mexican trip or occupying additional wall sockets. By only packing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage. Due to their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when you return 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 wall outlet.

For those travelling frequently we suggest buying an adaptable travel adapter like this online. The travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [9] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Mexico

The 4 port USB travel charger [9] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unstable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Mexico 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 portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting Mexico.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also 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 is a much cheaper 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 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 wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Mexico.
What is the best travel charger for a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation in Mexico?

How to use a Type A power charger for charging your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation from a Mexican power outlet

Using type B USB cable with a three pin Type A USB charger to power a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation with a Mexican power outlet.

  1. To power the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation using a Mexican power outlet you'll need to use a Type A USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type A USB power adapter in the Mexican power outlet. This plug outlet, sometimes called the Type A power outlet [3], is identified by two slots next to each other for live and neutral pins. Type A power outlets in Mexico might not be as common however are still used in some hotels.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation. At the foot of your Fire situated next to the power button you will find the USB port.
  4. Switch on the Mexican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found at the top corner of the tablet will show a lightning icon to indicate that the tablet is charging.
  6. The tablet takes approximately less than 6 hours to completely charge, but this may be longer if you are using the device during the recharging cycle. Typically the battery life on the Kindle lasts 9 to 12 hours. For more information please read the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation charging support page [4] for more details on the recharging procedure.
How to use a Type A power charger for charging your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation from a Mexican power outlet

Powering a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation with a Mexican power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Using type B USB cable with a three pin Type B USB charger to power a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation with a Mexican power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation from the Mexican power outlet you will need a Type B USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Start the process by taking the Type B USB power adapter and inserting it into the Mexican power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the 2 thin slots adjacent to each other where the two plug outlet blades go with a single semicircular hole below for the earthed pin. The most frequently found sockets in Mexico are Type B power outlets.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation. At the foot of your Fire situated next to the power button you will find the USB port.
  4. Switch on the Mexican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found at the top corner of the tablet will show a lightning icon to indicate that the tablet is charging.
  6. The tablet takes approximately less than 6 hours to completely charge, but this may be longer if you are using the device during the recharging cycle. Typically the battery life on the Kindle lasts 9 to 12 hours. For more information please read the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation charging support page [4] for more details on the recharging procedure.
Powering a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation with a Mexican power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

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=201303400&linkId=TE3JUEOED6G5HTG3 - Kindle Fire HDX 3rd 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 HDX 3rd 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