How to charge a Kindle Fire 1st generation when visiting Ethiopia

Using type B USB cable with a three pin Type F Schuko power charger to recharge a Kindle Fire 1st generation with an Ethiopian power outlet, recharging a Kindle Fire 1st generation using a double pinned Europlug Type C power charger and powering a Kindle Fire 1st generation using a Type E power adapter

Ethiopian power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of voltages and standards can all be confusing when planning to visit another country to the first time traveller. This isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets used in the world this article tells you exactly what to pick up in advance to power the Kindle Fire 1st generation in Ethiopia. This guide was written to prepare visitors wanting to charge the Kindle Fire 1st generation when they are travelling to Ethiopia.This page contains instructions which shows what you'll need to charge the Kindle Fire 1st generation in Ethiopia by using the Type E, C, F or L Ethiopian 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets. When you are travelling to Ethiopia from another country please double check your Kindle Fire 1st generation can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check that your Kindle Fire 1st generation is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to prevent the device from being damaged when charging it. If you're planning to visit a city like Addis Ababa we recommend reading the Ethiopia Wikipedia web page [1] for more indepth information on the location.

This guide shows you how to connect the Ethiopian power outlet to the tablet and refers to the Kindle Fire 1st generation. Visit the Amazon page on WikiConnections where you'll find the full range of the latest Amazon Kindle Fire, Fire HD and Fire HDX models. This make of Kindle tablet is recognised by the power button on the bottom and the Kindle logo on the back. These instructions assume you have installed version 6.3.4 or greater of Fire OS for the Kindle Fire 1st generation, however if you don't visit Amazon for the latest Kindle Fire 1st generation OS update which ensures you have the most up to date fixes for your Kindle. Go to the support website at Amazon.com for the Kindle Fire 1st generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire 1st generation user guide for more information.

Charging a Kindle Fire 1st generation in Ethiopia

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

Yes, you can use a Kindle Fire 1st generation in Ethiopia by using the correct power convertor.

Ethiopia

What is the best power charger for recharging a Kindle Fire 1st generation in Ethiopia?

When travelling to more than one country then the best international travel charger for Ethiopia to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Ethiopians use four different standards of wall outlets (E, C, F and L) and using a power adapter like this ensures 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 in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the heads over. If your Kindle Fire 1st generation supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these types of power adapters, and compatibility with more power demanding devices. Unlike other travel adapters this means you can power more than one device at the same time without needing to buy seperate power adapters on your Ethiopian trip or occupying additional wall sockets. By only packing a single international travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage as well as being suitable for recharging your Kindle Fire 1st generation at an airport or on a plane. Due to their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones, tablets and e-readers without using up an additional power outlet.

For those travelling on a regular basis we suggest buying an adaptable power adapter like this online. The travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Ethiopia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North 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 converter for travellers originating from North America going to Ethiopia using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and offers practically 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 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Ethiopia. [13]
What is the best power charger for recharging a Kindle Fire 1st generation in Ethiopia?

Powering a Kindle Fire 1st generation with an Ethiopian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Using USB micro Type B cable and a three pinned Europlug Type C power charger to charge a Kindle Fire 1st generation from an Ethiopian power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to your Kindle Fire 1st generation from an Ethiopian power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Start the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it into the Ethiopian power outlet. This ungrounded wall outlet, sometimes called a Type C power outlet [3], is identified by 2 adjacent holes next to each other.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the USB adapter and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire 1st generation. You'll find the USB port on the foot of your first generation Kindle Fire situated between the headphone socket and the power button.
  4. Switch on the Ethiopian power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which is found in the top corner of the Kindle screen will show a lightning bolt icon which indicates that the device is charging.
  6. The Fire takes around under 4 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 process. The battery life on the Kindle Fire 1st generation lasts 7 - 8 hours. For more information please read the Kindle Fire 1st generation charging support page [4] for more details on the recharging process.
Powering a Kindle Fire 1st generation with an Ethiopian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Charging a Kindle Fire 1st generation from an Ethiopian power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

Using USB micro Type B cable and a three pinned Type E USB charger to recharge a Kindle Fire 1st generation with an Ethiopian power outlet.

  1. In order to power a Kindle Fire 1st generation using the Ethiopian power outlet you'll need a Type E USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Begin the process by inserting the Type E USB power adapter into the power outlet. The recessed round wall outlet (known as the CEE 7/7 outlet) can be identified by the two round adjacent holes along with one metal grounding pin protruding in the top to form a triangle configuration.
  3. Connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro 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 foot of your Kindle Fire 1st gen situated between the headphone connector and the power button.
  4. Switch on the Ethiopian power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which is found in the top corner of the Kindle original screen will show a lightning bolt icon which indicates that the device is charging.
  6. The Kindle takes roughly under 4 hours to fully 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 process. The battery life on the first gen Kindle Fire lasts 7 - 8 hours. Please read the Kindle Fire 1st generation charging support page [4] for more details on the recharging process.
Charging a Kindle Fire 1st generation from an Ethiopian power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire 1st generation from an Ethiopian power outlet

Using type B Micro USB connector with a Type F Schuko USB charger to power a Kindle Fire 1st generation with an Ethiopian power outlet.

  1. In order to charge a Kindle Fire 1st generation using the Ethiopian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [10] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type F USB power adapter in the power supply. This recessed circular wall supply (known as the Schuko plug) can be identified by two 4.8mm adjacent holes next to each other along with a pair of metal grounding clips above and below.
  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 1st generation. You can find the USB port at the bottom of your tablet found between the power button and the headphone jack.
  4. Turn on the Ethiopian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears at the top corner of the Kindle Fire 1st generation display will display a charge icon which indicates that your device is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire 1st generation takes around 4 hours to fully recharge to 100 percent capacity however this is likely to take longer if you are using the tablet during charging. The Kindle original battery life should last approximately 7 - 8 hours depending on use. Please read the Kindle Fire 1st generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery life.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire 1st generation from an Ethiopian power outlet

Powering a Kindle Fire 1st generation with an Ethiopian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type L USB adapter

Using type B USB cable with a three pin Type L USB charger to power a Kindle Fire 1st generation with an Ethiopian power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to a Kindle Fire 1st generation from the Ethiopian power outlet you will need a Type L USB power adapter [12] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Start the process by taking the Type L USB power adapter and inserting it into the Ethiopian power outlet. The squashed hexagon shaped power outlet (technically known as a Type L power outlet [11]) looks like 3 round adjecent holes in a line for live, neutral and ground pins. You'll find there are two types of Type L plug outlet rated at 10 and 16 amps. A 10 amp plug outlet has 4mm round pins spaced 5.5mm apart whilst the 16 amp version has slightly larger 5mm round pins spaced 8mm apart.
  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 1st generation. You will find the USB port at the base of your Kindle situated between the power button and the headphone socket.
  4. Turn on the Ethiopian power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which appears in the top corner of the first gen Kindle Fire display will show a charging icon which indicates that your device is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire 1st generation takes less than 4 hours to fully charge to 100% capacity however this is likely to take longer depending on the power strength and if you are using the tablet during the recharging process. The battery life on the Kindle Fire 1st generation should last roughly 7 - 8 hours depending on use. Please read the Kindle Fire 1st generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery times.
Powering a Kindle Fire 1st generation with an Ethiopian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type L USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Ethiopia Wikipedia web page
  2. Amazon - Kindle Fire 1st generation instruction manual
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Amazon - Kindle Fire 1st generation charging support page
  5. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, estimated price 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, between $5 to $10.
  7. iec.ch - Type E power outlet
  8. Type E USB power adapter - There are two 4.8mm pins on Type E USB chargers which are placed 19mm apart and may include a hole for an earthing pin, under $15.
  9. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  10. 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, costs under $15.
  11. iec.ch - Type L power outlet
  12. Type L USB power adapter - Earthed Type L USB chargers comprise of three 4mm pins placed in parallel 5.5mm apart, between $10 to $15.
  13. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced between $15 to $20.