Charging your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a power outlet in Belgium

Using type B USB micro connector with a three pin Type C power adapter to power a Kindle Fire 2nd generation with a Belgian power outlet and charging a Kindle Fire 2nd generation using a two pin Type E power charger.

Belgian power outlet

If you are organizing a trip it can often be helpful to know in advance if you can use any essential devices when you're there. However, without knowing which wall socket is used in Belgium you could end up either over packing with too many adaptors or pack the wrong power adaptor, therefore leaving you having to purchase a suitable power adaptor when you're there which might not be compatible. Complicated standards and plug types can often be daunting when planning to travel to another country if you've never been there before. This page contains useful instructions which shows how to power your Kindle Fire 2nd generation when going to Belgium using their standard E or C type 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, Type E wall outlets are used by a majority of Belgians. If you are travelling to Belgium from a different country please check that your Kindle Fire 2nd generation can be charged using a 240v supply. If your Kindle Fire 2nd generation was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v ensure that your Kindle Fire 2nd generation is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to stop the device from over-heating whilst powering it.

The following instructions show you how to connect the Belgian power outlet to the Fire and this page refers to the Kindle Fire 2nd generation. Please visit the Amazon page to see the full range of the latest Amazon Kindle Fire, Fire HD and Fire HDX tablets. You can recognise the Kindle Fire 2nd generation by the volume and power buttons on the sides and the Kindle logo on the rear. This page assumes you are using version 10.5.1 or greater of the operating system for the Kindle Fire 2nd generation, if you don't we suggest installing the most recent Kindle Fire 2nd generation OS update to make sure you have all the latest fixes for your Kindle. Visit Amazon for the Kindle Fire 2nd generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire 2nd generation guide for further information.

Charging a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in Belgium

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

You can connect a Kindle Fire 2nd generation to a Belgian power outlet.

Belgium

What is the best power adapter for a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in Belgium?

If you are travelling to more than one country or bringing more than your Kindle Fire 2nd generation then the best international travel adapter for Belgium to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different standards of plug sockets in Belgium (E and C) and using a travel adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by changing the heads over. If your type of Kindle Fire 2nd generation supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times with one of these USB power adapters, plus additional compatibility with certain power hungry devices like tablets. Having a four port adapter means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to buy multiple power adapters on your trip. By only needing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets without needing an additional power outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible travel adapter at an electronics retailer. The travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Belgium

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the Kindle Fire 2nd generation, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These power converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Belgium and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 option for travellers originating from America visiting Belgium using type B American plug sockets.
  • 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 from North America using type B plugs and is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Belgium. [9]
What is the best power adapter for a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in Belgium?

Powering a Kindle Fire 2nd generation with a Belgian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Using type B USB micro connector with a three pin Type C power adapter to power a Kindle Fire 2nd generation with a Belgian power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the Kindle Fire 2nd generation using a Belgian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it in the Belgian power outlet. You can recognise the wall outlet by the two round adjacent holes.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire 2nd generation. You can find the USB port at the side of your Second Generation Kindle Fire HD 7 found to the right of the HDMI output.
  4. Turn on the Belgian power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which is found in the top corner of the Kindle Fire 2nd generation display will display a lightning bolt icon which indicates that the tablet is charging.
  6. The 7" Kindle Fire takes under 5 hours to completely charge to full capacity however this is likely to be longer if you are using the tablet during the recharging process. Typically the Kindle Fire 2nd generation battery life is approximately 8 - 9 hours. Please read the Kindle Fire 2nd generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery life.
Powering a Kindle Fire 2nd generation with a Belgian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

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

Instructions showing how to charge your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a Belgian power outlet with USB Type B cord with a three pin Type E power charger.

  1. To charge your Kindle Fire 2nd generation using the Belgian 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. Start by plugging the Type E USB power adapter in the Belgian power outlet. This recessed circular wall outlet, also called the Type E power outlet [7] or CEE 7/7 plug, can be identified by the two 4.8mm holes 19mm adjacent to each other with a single metal grounding pin protruding the top in a triangular shape.
  3. Plug in one end of the Type B USB cable into the mains power adapter and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire 2nd generation. On the side of the tablet situated to the right of the HDMI socket you'll find the USB port.
  4. Switch on the Belgian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears at the top corner of the Kindle Fire HD Second Generation will show a charge icon which indicates that your device is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire 2nd generation takes approximately around 5 hours to fully recharge, but this may take longer depending on the power strength and if you are using the device whilst recharging. The battery life on your Kindle tablet should last 8 to 9 hours depending on how you use it. For further information please read the Kindle Fire 2nd generation charging support page [4] for more details on the charging process.
Powering a Kindle Fire 2nd generation with a Belgian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Belgian country Wiki page
  2. Amazon - Kindle Fire 2nd generation instruction manual
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Amazon - Kindle Fire 2nd 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 cost 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, costs 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 $20.
  9. 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.