Charging your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation from a power outlet in Belgium

A guide showing how to charge your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation from a Belgian power outlet with type B USB micro cable with a Europlug Type C USB charger and how to power a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation using a Type E USB charger.

Belgian power outlet

Varying different standards and sockets can often be daunting when planning to travel to a new country especially for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of common standards being used in the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need to purchase in advance to charge the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation . This guide has been written to prepare travellers wanting to power their Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation when they are travelling to Belgium.If planning a trip to Belgium these instructions show powering the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation by using the types E or C Belgian 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, Type E plug outlets will be used by a majority of Belgians. If you are visiting Belgium from another region please check the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation can accept a 240v supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts check the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to prevent the device from overheating whilst powering it.

These instructions show you how to connect the Belgian power outlet to your tablet and this page refers to the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation. Please visit the Amazon page to see the full range of Amazon Kindle Fire, Fire HD and Fire HDX tablets. You can recognise this Kindle model by the power and volume buttons on the back and an Amazon logo on the rear. These instructions assume you are using version 4.5.5 or greater of the Fire OS operating system for the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation, if not please visit Amazon for the latest Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation software update to ensure you have the most up to date set of features for your device. Visit Amazon for the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation guide for further information.

Charging a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation in Belgium

Can the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation be used in Belgium?

Yes, you can connect a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation to a Belgian power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

Belgium

What is the best travel charger for recharging a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation in Belgium?

If travelling to more than one country or bringing along more than your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation the best international travel adapter for Belgium to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Belgians use two different types of power outlets (E and C) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world simply by changing the heads over. If your type of Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these types of power adapters and additional support for more power demanding devices.

This will allow you to power more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack multiple power chargers on your trip. By only needing to bring a single USB travel charger will keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand baggage whilst travelling as well as being suitable for charging your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation at an airport or on the plane. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel 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 tablets and phones without needing an additional plug socket.

If you travel to Belgium we suggest buying a versatile power adapter like this at your preferred electronics retailer - the travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering 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 wanting to charge devices using USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Belgium 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 compact 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 travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs and offers the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Belgium. [9]
What is the best travel charger for recharging a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation in Belgium?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation from a Belgian power outlet

Using USB Micro type B connector and a Type C Europlug power adapter to recharge your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation with a Belgian power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation from the Belgian 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. Begin by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it into the Belgian power outlet. You can identify the plug supply by the 2 circular holes next to each other where the live and neutral pins go.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Type B Micro USB cable into the mains power adapter and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation. At the foot of your tablet situated next to the power button you will find the USB port.
  4. Turn on the Belgian power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which is found in the top corner of the 7 inch Kindle screen will show a charging icon to indicate that your device is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation takes under 6 hours to fully charge to full capacity but this is likely to be longer if you are using the tablet whilst recharging. The Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation battery life lasts approximately 9 - 11 hours. Please read the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery times and the charging process.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation from a Belgian power outlet

Powering a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation with a Belgian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

Instructions on how to power a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation from a Belgian power outlet using USB micro type B cord with a 3 pin Type E power charger.

  1. To power your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation using the Belgian power outlet you will need to buy a Type E USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. First insert the Type E USB power adapter in the Belgian power outlet. The circular power supply (known as a CEE 7/7 plug) can be identified by the two circular holes 19mm apart from each other for live and neutral and a single long metal grounding pin protruding in the top in a triangular shape.
  3. Plug in one 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 HD 3rd generation. You will find the USB port at the foot of the situated next to the power button.
  4. Switch on the Belgian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found at the top corner of the will display a charging icon which indicates that the tablet is charging.
  6. The Third Generation Kindle Fire takes approximately less than 6 hours to completely recharge, but this may take longer depending on the power strength and if you are using the device during the charging process. The battery life on the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation should last 9 to 11 hours depending on how you use the tablet. Please read the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation charging support page [4] for more details on the recharging procedure and battery times.
Powering a Kindle Fire HD 3rd 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 HD 3rd generation instruction manual
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Amazon - Kindle Fire HD 3rd 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, costing 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, priced 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 $15 to $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.