How to charge the Kindle Fire 1st generation when staying in Tanzania

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge a Kindle Fire 1st generation with a Tanzanian power outlet by using type B USB cord and a Type G power charger and how to recharge a Kindle Fire 1st generation using a Type D power charger.

Tanzanian power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of standards and plugs can all cause confusion when planning on staying in another country, especially for the first time traveller. This page is a guide showing what you'll need to charge the Kindle Fire 1st generation in Tanzania by using the standard Type G or D Tanzanian 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, Type G power outlets are used by most Tanzanians. When you are travelling to Tanzania from a different region please make sure the Kindle Fire 1st generation can accept a 240 volt supply. If the Kindle Fire 1st generation originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure that the Kindle Fire 1st generation is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from being damaged whilst powering it. If you intend on visiting tourist destinations such as Dar es Salaam or Zanzibar City we suggest referring to the Tanzanian Wikipedia page [1] for further details on travelling to the area.

These instructions show you how to connect the Tanzanian power outlet to the First Generation Kindle Fire and this page refers to the Kindle Fire 1st generation not other tablets in the Kindle Fire range. Visit the Amazon page on WikiConnections to see the full series of Amazon Kindle Fire, Fire HD and Fire HDX models. You can recognise the Kindle Fire 1st generation by the power button on the bottom and the Kindle logo on the rear of the tablet. These instructions assume that you are using version 6.3.4 or greater of Fire OS for the Kindle Fire 1st generation, however if not please visit Amazon for the latest Kindle Fire 1st generation firmware update which ensures you have the most up-to-date features for your Kindle. For more information visit the Amazon 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 Tanzania

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

You can use a Kindle Fire 1st generation in Tanzania.

Tanzania

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

When you are travelling to more than one country the best travel charger for Tanzania is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Tanzanians use two different types of wall outlets (types G and D) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type G.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by changing the included heads. If your Kindle Fire 1st generation supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these power chargers plus support for certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters this will also allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring multiple travel adapters. Because you are only bringing a single travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage as well as being convenient for charging your Kindle Fire 1st generation at the airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones, tablets and e-readers with only a single plug socket.

We suggest buying an adaptable power charger like this at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Tanzania

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 1st generation, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unstable power grids. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Tanzania and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 option for travellers originating from North America going to Tanzania using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs. This offers almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Tanzania. [9]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging a Kindle Fire 1st generation in Tanzania?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire 1st generation from a Tanzanian power outlet

Using USB Micro Type B cable with a 3 pinned Type G USB charger to recharge your Kindle Fire 1st generation from a Tanzanian power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your Kindle Fire 1st generation using the Tanzanian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Start the process by taking the Type G USB power adapter and plugging it into the power outlet. You can identify this wall supply by 3 rectangular holes with plastic shutters forming a triangular pattern for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Then connect one end of the Type B Micro USB connector into the USB power charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire 1st generation. You can find the USB port on the foot of your Kindle Fire 1st generation found between the headphone connector and the power button.
  4. Turn on the Tanzanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found in the top corner of the Kindle screen will display a lightning icon which indicates that your tablet is charging.
  6. The tablet takes around 4 hours to completely charge, but this is likely to take longer depending on the strength of the power source and if you are using the tablet during recharging. Typically the Fire battery life is 7 - 8 hours. Please read the Kindle Fire 1st generation charging support page [4] for more details on the charging procedure and battery times.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire 1st generation from a Tanzanian power outlet

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

A step by step guide showing you how to charge a Kindle Fire 1st generation with a Tanzanian power outlet by using USB Micro Type B connector and a Type D power charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to a Kindle Fire 1st generation using a Tanzanian power outlet you will need a Type D USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Begin by inserting the Type D USB power adapter in the Tanzanian power outlet. You can recognise this power supply by 3 holes in a triangle configuration.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire 1st generation. On the base of your tablet located between the power button and the headphone socket you can find the USB port.
  4. Switch on the Tanzanian power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which appears at the top corner of the Kindle Fire 1st generation screen will show a charge icon to indicate that the device is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire 1st generation takes approximately under 4 hours to fully recharge however this may be longer if you are using the device during the charging cycle. The battery life on your Fire should last approximately 7 to 8 hours depending on use. For further information on charging the Kindle Fire 1st generation please read the Kindle Fire 1st generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery life.
How to use a Type D power charger for charging your Kindle Fire 1st generation from a Tanzanian power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Tanzanian Wikipedia page
  2. Amazon - Kindle Fire 1st generation instruction manual
  3. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  4. Amazon - Kindle Fire 1st 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, under $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, costs between $5 to $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, priced 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, priced at around $15.