Charging a Kindle Fire from a power outlet in England

Using USB Type B cord and a Type G USB charger to power a Kindle Fire from a British power outlet.

British power outlet

Various combinations of voltages and standards can often be daunting when planning to travel to another country if you've never been there before. However this isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge the Kindle Fire . This step by step guide shows you exactly how to supply power to the Kindle Fire in England using a standard 230 volt 50Hz G Type wall outlet, the Britons will use BS 1363 13 amp plugs for charging. When travelling to England from a different region ensure that your Kindle Fire can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) check the Kindle Fire is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged when charging it. If you are planning on staying at a place like London or Newcastle we recommend referring to the British Wikipedia web page [1] for more details.

These instructions show you how to connect the British power outlet to your Kindle tablet. These recommendations assume that you have installed the most recent version of Fire OS for the tablet, but if not visit Amazon for the latest Kindle Fire firmware update which ensures you have all the latest features for your Kindle Fire. Visit the Amazon.com website for the Kindle Fire device support [2] for further information.

Charging a Kindle Fire in England

Can the Kindle Fire be used in England?

Yes, you can connect a Kindle Fire to a British power outlet by using a power adaptor.

What is the best travel adapter for a Kindle Fire in England?

When you are travelling to multiple countries or bringing more than your Kindle Fire the best international travel charger for England to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the supplied heads. If your model of Kindle Fire is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times with one of these USB power chargers, plus compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other adapters this will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy seperate travel adapters or occupying additional power sockets. By only needing a single travel charger will also keep the size down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage and convenient for charging your Kindle Fire at the airport or on a plane. Due to their space saving versatility these types of chargers can be used back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend buying this type of flexible travel charger at an 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 foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for England

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, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both England 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 compact option for travellers originating from North America visiting England using 3 pinned type B plug sockets.
  • 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. This gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at almost half 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting England. [6] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for a Kindle Fire in England?

Powering a Kindle Fire with a British power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

A guide showing how to charge a Kindle Fire from a British power outlet by using Type B USB cable and a Type G power adapter.

  1. To power the Kindle Fire using a British power outlet you'll need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type G USB power adapter into the power supply. You can recognise this power outlet by three holes with shutters in a triangle pattern for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the USB adapter and the other end into the USB charging port on a Kindle Fire.
  4. Switch on the British power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found at the top corner of the Kindle will display a charge icon which indicates that your device is charging.
  6. It takes between roughly 4 hours to 12 hours to fully charge, however this may take longer depending on the model of tablet you are using, the charger strength and if you are using the device whilst recharging. Please read the Kindle Fire device support [2] for more details on battery times and the charging procedure.
Powering a Kindle Fire with a British power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - British Wikipedia web page
  2. Amazon - Kindle Fire device support
  3. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - A Type G USB charger has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin, estimated cost 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. 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.