Charging the Kindle Fire when planning a trip to Belgium

Using USB Micro type B connector and a 3 pin Type C USB charger to charge your Kindle Fire with a Belgian power outlet and charging a Kindle Fire using a Type E USB charger.

Belgian power outlet

If planning a vacation to Belgium it can often be helpful to know in advance if you'll be able to charge all your devices when you're there. But by not knowing which plug socket is used you could pack the wrong power charger, therefore leaving you needing to buy or borrow a suitable power adaptor on arrival that could be incompatible and cause damage to the Kindle Fire. Various combinations of frequencies and standards can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country for the first time traveller. This guide has been written to stop you having to worry if you'll be able to charge the Kindle Fire when you are going abroad.If staying in Belgium this page contains useful instructions showing charging the Kindle Fire by using their standard Type E or C 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, please note Type E power outlets will be used by a majority of Belgians. Power sockets are different depending on which area you are visiting so we suggest reading the power supplies page for a complete list of regions and countries. When travelling to Belgium from a different country please double check the Kindle Fire 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 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 over-heating whilst powering it up.

The following list of instructions show you how to connect the Belgian power outlet to your Kindle Fire. This page assumes that you have installed the most recent version of the Fire OS operating system for the Kindle, but if you don't please visit Amazon for the latest Kindle Fire software update which makes sure you have all the latest fixes for your device. For more information go to Amazon for the Kindle Fire device support [2] .

Charging a Kindle Fire in Belgium

Can you use a Kindle Fire in Belgium?

Yes, you can connect a Kindle Fire to a Belgian power outlet.

What is the best travel charger for recharging a Kindle Fire in Belgium?

If you are travelling to more than one country or bringing more than just your Kindle Fire then the best travel charger for Belgium to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two standards of wall outlets that Belgians use (E and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by switching the included plugs over. If your type of Kindle Fire is compatible with Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers, plus additional support for more power hungry devices.

This will also allow you to charge more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel chargers or occupying additional power sockets. Because you are only needing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage while travelling. 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 Belgium we suggest searching for a versatile power adapter like this at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for charging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Belgium

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors 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 crucial when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Belgium and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Belgium.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs and is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just 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 more flexible 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 Belgium. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for recharging a Kindle Fire in Belgium?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire from a Belgian power outlet

Using USB Micro type B connector and a 3 pin Type C USB charger to charge your Kindle Fire with a Belgian power outlet.

  1. In order to power your Kindle Fire from a Belgian power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the power outlet. This unearthed plug supply (sometimes called the Europlug or Type C power outlet [3]) is identified by the 2 round holes next to each other.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB Micro type B connector into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the USB charging port on a Kindle Fire.
  4. Switch on the Belgian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top corner of the Kindle screen will show a charge icon which indicates that the tablet is charging.
  6. It will take between 4 hours to 12 hours to fully charge to full capacity but this may take longer depending on the type of Kindle Fire you have, the charger strength and if you are using the device during the charging process. For further information please read the Kindle Fire device support [2] for more details on the charging procedure.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire from a Belgian power outlet

Powering a Kindle Fire with a Belgian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

Instructions on how to recharge a Kindle Fire from a Belgian power outlet with type B micro USB cable and a 3 pin Type E power adapter.

  1. To charge a Kindle Fire from a Belgian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Start by plugging the Type E USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can recognise this plug supply by the two 4.8mm round adjacent holes where the plug outlet pins sit with one long metal grounding pin protruding the top to form a triangle shape.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB Micro type B connector into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the USB charging port on a Kindle Fire.
  4. Switch on the Belgian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top corner of the Kindle screen will show a charge icon which indicates that the tablet is charging.
  6. It will take between 4 hours to 12 hours to fully charge to full capacity but this may take longer depending on the type of Kindle Fire you have, the charger strength and if you are using the device during the charging process. For further information please read the Kindle Fire device support [2] for more details on the charging procedure.
Powering a Kindle Fire with a Belgian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Belgian country wikipedia page
  2. Amazon - Kindle Fire device support
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, between $10 to $15.
  5. 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.
  6. iec.ch - Type E power outlet
  7. 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.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, between $15 to $20.