How to charge your Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation from a power outlet in Belgium

A step-by-step guide showing how to recharge your Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation from a Belgian power outlet using Type B USB cable with a Europlug Type C USB adapter and charging a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation using a Type E power adapter.

Belgian power outlet

When planning a vacation to Belgium it is useful to know in advance if you can use all your essential electronics that you are bringing along with you. Without knowing which power supply is being used in Belgium you are likely to bring the wrong power adaptor, leaving you needing to buy or borrow a suitable power adaptor when you're there. Different standards and plugs can often cause confusion when planning on travelling to a different country especially for the first time traveller. This isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used in the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need to purchase in advance to power the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation in Belgium. The following step-by-step guide will show you how to power the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation when you're in Belgium by using the E or C type 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, a majority of Belgians normally use the Type E plugs in their power outlets. If travelling to Belgium from another country check your Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation can accept a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd 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 when powering up.

This guide shows you how to connect the Belgian power outlet to the Kindle and refers to the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation, not other tablets in the Kindle Fire range. Please visit the Amazon page on WikiConnections where you'll find the full series of the latest Amazon Kindle Fire models. You can recognise this version of the Kindle tablet by front and rear facing HD cameras, the volume and power buttons on the back and an Amazon logo on the back of the tablet. These instructions assume you have installed Fire OS operating system version 4.5.5 or greater for the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation, if you don't please visit Amazon for the latest Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation firmware update to make sure you have the latest fixes for your Kindle. Go to the Amazon.com site for the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation instruction guide for further information.

Charging a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation in Belgium

Can the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation be used in Belgium?

You can use a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation in Belgium by using the correct power adaptor.

Belgium

What is the best travel adapter for a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation in Belgium?

If travelling to more than one country and bringing along more than just your Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation the best travel power adapter for Belgium to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different standards of wall outlets that Belgians use (types E and C) and using a travel charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the heads over. If your model of Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation is compatible with Fast Charge (note not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB power chargers along with additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices.

This means you can recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack seperate power adapters or using up additional power outlets. Because you are only needing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage and suitable for recharging your Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation at an airport or on a plane. Because of their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without needing an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling often we recommend searching for a versatile travel adapter similar to this online, the power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Belgium

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 HDX 8.9 3rd generation, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from America visiting Belgium using 3 pin type B US 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 North America 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 Belgium. [9]
What is the best travel adapter for a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation in Belgium?

Powering a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation with a Belgian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

A step-by-step guide showing how to recharge your Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation from a Belgian power outlet using Type B USB cable with a Europlug Type C USB adapter.

  1. In order to power a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation using a Belgian power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Start by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it into the wall outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by the 2 round holes adjacent to each other where the twin pins sit.
  3. Then connect one end of the micro USB Type B connector into the USB mains charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation. On the base of the Third Generation Kindle Fire found next to the power button you can find the USB port.
  4. Turn on the Belgian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found at the top corner of the tablet screen will show a charging icon which indicates that your device is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation takes roughly around 6 hours to completely recharge but this is likely to take longer if you are using the tablet during the charging cycle. Typically the battery life on the 8.9" Kindle should last approximately 9 - 12 hours depending on how you use the tablet. For further information please read the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery life and the recharging process.
Powering a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation with a Belgian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation from a Belgian power outlet

Using USB Type B cable and a three pin Type E USB adapter to recharge your Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation from a Belgian power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation using a 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. Start the process by inserting the Type E USB power adapter into the power supply. This sunken circular plug outlet (called the Type E power outlet [7] or CEE 7/7 outlet) can be recognised by the two 4.8mm adjacent holes plus a single long metal earth pin protruding the top forming a triangle configuration.
  3. Connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the power charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation. On the foot of your Third Generation Kindle Fire HDX8.9 situated next to the power button you will find the USB port.
  4. Switch on the Belgian power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which is found in the top corner of the Kindle Fire HDX8.9 Third Generation display will display a charge icon to indicate that your tablet is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation takes approximately less than 6 hours to completely charge to 100% capacity however this may take longer if you are using the device during the recharging process. The Third Generation Kindle Fire battery life is around 9 to 12 hours. Please read the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation charging support page [4] for more details on the charging process and battery times.
How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation from a Belgian power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Belgium country entry on Wikipedia.org
  2. Amazon - Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation instruction manual
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Amazon - Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 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, 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 $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, around $15.