Charging the Kindle Fire 1st generation when planning a trip to Laos

A page showing how to charge your Kindle Fire 1st generation with a Lao power outlet using micro USB type B connector with a 3 pin Type F USB charger, how to power a Kindle Fire 1st generation using a 2 pin Type C USB charger and powering a Kindle Fire 1st generation using a two pin Type E power adapter

Lao power outlet

Various combinations of region codes and sockets can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never been there before. This guide has been specifically written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge your Kindle Fire 1st generation when staying in Laos.These step by step instructions shows exactly what you'll need to power your Kindle Fire 1st generation when staying in Laos using the Type F, C or E Lao 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. Power sockets vary depending on which country you are travelling to so we recommend reading the list of World power supplies for a full list of regions and countries. When travelling to Laos from a different country please double check the Kindle Fire 1st generation can accept a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure that your Kindle Fire 1st generation is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to avoid the device from overloading whilst powering it. If you're planning on taking a trip to a Lao place such as Vientiane read the Laos country wikipedia page [1] for more indepth information.

The following instructions show you how to connect the Lao power outlet to your Kindle Fire First Generation and refers to the Kindle Fire 1st generationfrom the Kindle Fire series. Please ensure these instructions relate to your exact Kindle Fire, visit the Amazon page on WikiConnections to see the full series of the latest Amazon Kindle Fire, Fire HD and Fire HDX tablets. This Kindle model is recognised by the power button on the bottom and a Kindle logo on the rear. This page assumes that you have installed version 6.3.4 or greater of the Fire OS operating system for the Kindle Fire 1st generation, if not we recommend installing the most recent Kindle Fire 1st generation OS update to make sure you have the latest fixes for your tablet. Visit Amazon for the Kindle Fire 1st generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire 1st generation PDF guide for further information.

Charging a Kindle Fire 1st generation in Laos

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

You can use a Kindle Fire 1st generation in Laos by using a power adaptor.

What is the best travel charger for a Kindle Fire 1st generation in Laos?

When travelling with more than just your Kindle Fire 1st generation the best international travel adapter for Laos is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Laotians use three different types of power outlets (types F, C and E) and using a travel adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the heads. If your Kindle Fire 1st generation supports Fast Charge (note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB power chargers, plus additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. This means you can recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy individual travel chargers. Only needing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand luggage while travelling as well as being suitable for charging your Kindle Fire 1st generation at the airport or on your flight. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers without using up an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling to Laos we suggest searching for a flexible travel charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Laos

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the Kindle Fire 1st generation, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of counties with unreliable power supplies. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Laos using 3 pinned type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs and offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for almost half the 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Laos. [11]
What is the best travel charger for a Kindle Fire 1st generation in Laos?

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

Using USB Type B cord with a Type C Europlug power adapter to recharge your Kindle Fire 1st generation with a Lao power outlet.

  1. If you want to power the Kindle Fire 1st generation using the Lao power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Insert the Type C USB power adapter into the Lao power outlet. The wall outlet, also known as the Europlug or Type C power outlet [3], can be recognised by 2 circular holes next to each other where the two plug outlet pins slide into.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire 1st generation. On the bottom of your tablet situated between the power button and the headphone output you'll find the USB port.
  4. Turn on the Lao power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top corner of the Kindle Fire 1st generation display will show a charging icon to indicate that your device is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire 1st generation takes roughly less than 4 hours to fully charge, however this is likely to be longer if you are using the tablet during the charging process. Typically the Kindle Fire 1st generation battery life lasts around 7 - 8 hours depending on how you use it. Please read the Kindle Fire 1st generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery times.
Charging a Kindle Fire 1st generation from a Lao power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Powering a Kindle Fire 1st generation with a Lao power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

Instructions on how to recharge a Kindle Fire 1st generation from a Lao power outlet with type B USB Micro cable and a 3 pin Type E power adapter.

  1. To charge a Kindle Fire 1st generation from a Lao power outlet you'll need to buy a Type E USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type E USB power adapter into the wall supply. The sunken round plug supply can be recognised by two circular holes 19mm apart from each other where the two plug outlet pins slide into plus a long metal earth pin protruding in the top in a triangular configuration.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Type B USB Micro cable into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire 1st generation. You'll find the USB port on the bottom of your tablet situated between the power button and the headphone output.
  4. Switch on the Lao power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found at the top corner of the first gen Kindle Fire will display a charging icon which indicates that the tablet is charging.
  6. The first gen Kindle Fire takes around less than 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity but this may take longer depending on the power strength and if you are using the device during charging. The battery life on the Kindle Fire first gen lasts roughly 7 to 8 hours. For further information please read the Kindle Fire 1st generation charging support page [4] for more details on the charging process and battery life.
Powering a Kindle Fire 1st generation with a Lao power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

Charging a Kindle Fire 1st generation from a Lao power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

A page showing how to charge your Kindle Fire 1st generation with a Lao power outlet using micro USB type B connector with a 3 pin Type F USB charger.

  1. To charge a Kindle Fire 1st generation from a Lao power outlet you'll need a Type F USB power adapter [10] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Start by plugging the Type F USB power adapter into the wall supply. The circular power supply can be recognised by two 4.8mm circular holes 19 mm apart from each other for live and neutral pins and a pair of thin grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the USB power adapter and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire 1st generation. At the base of your first gen Kindle Fire located between the headphone output and the power button you will find the USB port.
  4. Turn on the Lao power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which is found at the top corner of the Kindle original screen will show a charge icon which indicates that the tablet is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire 1st generation takes under 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity but this is likely to be longer depending on the power strength and if you are using the device during charging. The Kindle Fire 1st generation battery life should last 7 to 8 hours. For further information please read the Kindle Fire 1st generation charging support page [4] for more details on the charging process and battery life.
Charging a Kindle Fire 1st generation from a Lao power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Laos country wikipedia 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, 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, 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, between $10 to $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, under $15.
  11. 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.