Charging a Kindle Fire 1st generation when visiting China

Instructions showing how to power your Kindle Fire 1st generation with a Chinese power outlet with USB micro type B cable and a three pinned Europlug Type C power adapter, charging a Kindle Fire 1st generation using a Type A USB adapter and recharging a Kindle Fire 1st generation using a Type I power adapter

Chinese power outlet

Various frequencies and region codes can often cause confusion when planning on travelling to a different country, especially if you've never visited before. This step by step guide will show how to power your Kindle Fire 1st generation when you're travelling to China by using their types I, A or C Chinese 220 volt 50Hz power outlets, Type I power outlets will be typically used by most Chinese. When travelling to China from another country double check the Kindle Fire 1st generation can be charged using a 240v supply. If your Kindle Fire 1st generation originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) check your Kindle Fire 1st generation is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to prevent the device from overloading when charging it. If you are planning on staying at a destination such as Shanghai we recommend reading the China country Wiki page [1] for more indepth information.

The following page shows you how to connect the Chinese power outlet to the Fire and 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, Fire HD and Fire HDX models. This Kindle Fire version is identified by a power button on the bottom and the Kindle logo on the rear. These instructions assume that you are using firmware version 6.3.4 or greater for the Kindle Fire 1st generation, however if not visit Amazon for the most recent Kindle Fire 1st generation update to ensure you have the latest features for your device. For more information visit Amazon for the Kindle Fire 1st generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire 1st generation instruction manual.

Charging a Kindle Fire 1st generation in China

Can you use a Kindle Fire 1st generation in China?

Yes, you can connect a Kindle Fire 1st generation to a Chinese power outlet.

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

When travelling to more than one country then the best international travel charger for China to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [11]. Chinese use three different standards of power outlets (I, A and C) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for both types A and C.

As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by changing the plugs over. If your Kindle Fire 1st generation is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times with one of these types of USB power chargers, along with support for more power hungry devices. Having a 4 port adapter will also allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring individual power chargers. Only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling and on hand for charging your Kindle Fire 1st generation at the airport or on a flight. Because of their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple phones, tablets and speakers using just a single plug socket.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible power charger at your preferred electronics retailer; the multipurpose power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [11] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for China

The 4 port USB travel charger [11] 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 wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which is necessary when visiting regions with unstable power supplies. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both China 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 most popular portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting China.
  • 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 the US using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half 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 perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting China.
What is the best power charger for recharging a Kindle Fire 1st generation in China?

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

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

  1. In order to charge your Kindle Fire 1st generation using the Chinese power outlet you'll need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Plug in the Type A USB power adapter in the power supply. The plug supply, sometimes called the Type A power outlet [3], is identified by two slots next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB micro type B cable into the mains USB charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire 1st generation. On the foot of your Kindle Fire 1st gen situated between the headphone socket and the power button you'll find the USB port.
  4. Switch on the Chinese power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which is found in the top corner of the Kindle Fire 1st generation screen will show a lightning icon which indicates that the device is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire 1st generation 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 first gen Kindle Fire lasts 7 - 8 hours. Please read the Kindle Fire 1st generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery times.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire 1st generation from a Chinese power outlet

Charging a Kindle Fire 1st generation from a Chinese power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Instructions showing how to power your Kindle Fire 1st generation with a Chinese power outlet with USB micro type B cable and a three pinned Europlug Type C power adapter.

  1. To supply power to the Kindle Fire 1st generation from a Chinese power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Start by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it into the Chinese power outlet. This ungrounded wall outlet, sometimes called a Type C power outlet [7], is identified by two adjacent holes next to each other where the plug outlet pins go.
  3. Connect 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 Fire 1st generation situated between the power button and the headphone socket.
  4. Turn on the Chinese power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which appears in 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 may take longer if you are using the tablet during charging. The first gen Kindle Fire battery life lasts approximately 7 to 8 hours depending on how you use the tablet. For further information on charging please read the Kindle Fire 1st generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery life and the charging process.
Charging a Kindle Fire 1st generation from a Chinese power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Powering a Kindle Fire 1st generation with a Chinese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter

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

  1. In order to supply power to a Kindle Fire 1st generation from the Chinese power outlet you will need a Type I USB power adapter [10] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type I USB power adapter into the power outlet. The plug supply, sometimes known as the Type I power outlet [9], can be recognised by 3 slots in a triangular configuration with a single vertical pin at the base and the top pair of slots sloping upward for the live, neutral and earth. Please be aware that the live and neutral pins are reversed compared to Argentinian plug outlets therefore please check that your Type I travel adaptor is compatible with a Chinese power outlet.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB micro Type B cable into the mains 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 the first gen Kindle Fire found between the headphone socket and the power button.
  4. Switch on the Chinese 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 Kindle takes roughly under 4 hours to fully charge but this is likely to be 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 life.
Powering a Kindle Fire 1st generation with a Chinese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China - China country Wiki page
  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, priced at 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 between $5 to $10.
  7. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  8. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet, costing under $15.
  9. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeI.htm - Type I power outlet
  10. Type I USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type I mains power outlet, under $15.
  11. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated cost between $10 to $15.