How to charge a Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a power outlet in China

A step by step guide showing you how to charge a Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a Chinese power outlet with type B USB Micro cord and a three pinned Europlug Type C power charger, charging a Kindle Fire 2nd generation using a Type A power charger and recharging a Kindle Fire 2nd generation using a three pin Type I USB adapter

Chinese power outlet

If you are packing for a holiday it is helpful to know if you'll be able to charge any vital devices such as cell phones or laptop computers when you get there. But, by not knowing which power socket is being used in China you are likely to bring the wrong power charger, leaving you needing to buy or borrow a suitable adaptor on arrival that might not be compatible. Varying different combinations of frequencies and standards can often be daunting when planning on visiting another country especially if you've never visited before. This guide was specifically written to assist visitors wanting to charge their Kindle Fire 2nd generation when they're going abroad.This page has instructions showing exactly what you'll need to supply power to your Kindle Fire 2nd generation when visiting China using their Type I, A or C Chinese 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets, a majority of Chinese will typically use the Type I plugs in their power outlets. Most power sockets vary regionally so we suggest that you read the WikiConnections global power connections guide for a full list showing charging devices in different destinations. If visiting China from a different country check that the Kindle Fire 2nd generation can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v ensure the Kindle Fire 2nd generation is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to prevent the device from being damaged whilst powering it up. If you plan on staying in a tourist destination like Shanghai refer to the China Wikipedia page [1] for further details prior to travelling to the area.

The following page shows how to connect the Chinese power outlet to the Second Generation Kindle Fire HD7 inch and this page refers to the Kindle Fire 2nd generation. Please check these instructions relate to your exact Kindle Fire model, visit the Amazon page for the full product range of Amazon Kindle Fire, Fire HD and Fire HDX models. You can identify this Kindle by the power and volume buttons on the sides and the Kindle logo on the back. This guide assumes that you are using version 10.5.1 or greater of the Fire OS operating system for the Kindle Fire 2nd generation, however if not we suggest installing the most recent Kindle software update which ensures you have all the latest features for your tablet. For further information go to the Amazon site for the Kindle Fire 2nd generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire 2nd generation guide.

Charging a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in China

Can you use a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in China?

Yes, you can use a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in China by using a power convertor.

What is the best power charger for a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in China?

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

As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your type of Kindle Fire 2nd generation can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times with one of these travel adapters, and support for more power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port charger will allow you to recharge more than one device at once without needing to pack seperate travel adapters or using up additional power outlets. Only packing a single international USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers and using just a single plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we recommend buying a versatile travel charger similar to this online, the power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [11] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

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 2nd generation, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be necessary for visitors of regions with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These travel converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover 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 compact power converter for travellers originating from America going to China.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also 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 is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 ideal for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting China.
What is the best power charger for a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in China?

Powering a Kindle Fire 2nd generation with a Chinese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Using micro USB Type B cable and a three pin Type A USB adapter to recharge your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a Chinese power outlet.

  1. In order to power a Kindle Fire 2nd generation using the Chinese 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. Start by taking the Type A USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by 2 thin slots adjacent to each other where the twin blades slide into.
  3. Connect the USB end of the micro USB Type B connector into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire 2nd generation. On the side of your tablet found next to the HDMI output 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 2nd generation screen will display a lightning icon to indicate that the device is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire 2nd generation takes around 5 hours to completely recharge but this is likely to take longer if you are using the device during the recharging cycle. The battery life on your Kindle Fire 2nd generation lasts 8 - 9 hours depending on use. For further information please read the Kindle Fire 2nd generation charging support page [4] for more details on the recharging process.
Powering a Kindle Fire 2nd generation with a Chinese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a Chinese power outlet

A step by step guide showing you how to charge a Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a Chinese power outlet with type B USB Micro cord and a three pinned Europlug Type C power charger.

  1. If you want to charge the Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a Chinese power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Insert the Type C USB power adapter in the Chinese power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by the 2 adjacent holes.
  3. Connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the mains power charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire 2nd generation. You'll find the USB port on the side of your tablet located to the right of the HDMI output.
  4. Turn on the Chinese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears at the top corner of the tablet screen will show a charging icon which indicates that your tablet is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire 2nd generation takes approximately under 5 hours to completely charge to 100 percent capacity, however this may be longer depending on the strength of the power supply and if you are using the tablet whilst charging. Typically the tablet battery life should last approximately 8 to 9 hours. Please read the Kindle Fire 2nd generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery times.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a Chinese power outlet

How to use a Type I power charger for charging your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a Chinese power outlet

Simple instructions showing how to recharge your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a Chinese power outlet by using Type B USB connector with a Type I power charger.

  1. To supply power to your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from the Chinese power outlet you'll need a Type I USB power adapter [10] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Begin by taking the Type I USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall outlet. You can recognise the plug supply by 3 thin slots for the live, neutral and ground. Note that the live and neutral blades are reversed compared to Argentinian plug outlets so please check that your Type I power adaptor is compatible in China.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the type B Micro USB cord into the bottom of the USB power charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire 2nd generation. At the side of the 7" Kindle situated next to the HDMI socket you can find the USB port.
  4. Turn on the Chinese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found at the top corner of the Kindle tablet display will display a charge icon to indicate that your tablet is charging.
  6. The tablet takes roughly under 5 hours to fully recharge to full capacity, but this may be longer depending on the power strength and if you are using the tablet during charging. Typically the Kindle Fire HD7 Second Generation battery life is around 8 to 9 hours. For more information on charging the tablet please read the Kindle Fire 2nd generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery times.
How to use a Type I power charger for charging your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a Chinese power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China - China Wikipedia 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=201009560&linkId=EHVRDTACVKWJ25RH - Kindle Fire 2nd 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 2nd generation charging support page
  5. Type A USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type A mains power outlet, estimated cost around $10.
  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. 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, between $10 to $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, costs 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.