How to charge a Kindle Fire when planning a trip to Austria

Instructions on how to charge a Kindle Fire from an Austrian power outlet using Type B USB micro cord and a Type C USB adapter and charging a Kindle Fire using a Type F Schuko USB plug.

Austrian power outlet

Various combinations of frequencies and region codes can often cause confusion when planning on travelling to a different country, especially if you've never visited before. These instructions have been written to prevent you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge the Kindle Fire when you are going to Austria.The following step-by-step guide shows exactly how to charge your Kindle Fire when you are visiting Austria using their types F or C Austrian 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, Type F power outlets are typically used by a majority of Austrians. If you are travelling to Austria from a different country ensure that the Kindle Fire can be used with a 240v supply. If the Kindle Fire came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check that the Kindle Fire is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overheating when powering up.

The following list of instructions show how to connect the Austrian power outlet to the Kindle tablet. These instructions assume that you are using the most recent version of the firmware for the Kindle Fire, however if you don't visit Amazon for the most recent Kindle Fire update to ensure you have the latest set of features for your device. For further information visit Amazon for the Kindle Fire device support [2] .

Charging a Kindle Fire in Austria

Can the Kindle Fire be used in Austria?

You can use a Kindle Fire in Austria by using the correct power convertor.

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

If you are travelling with more than just your Kindle Fire then the best travel adapter for Austria to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Austrians use two different standards of wall outlets (types F and C) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by changing the plugs over. If your Kindle Fire is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these USB travel chargers along with additional support for certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other chargers having a 4 port adapter means you can recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack individual travel adapters for your trip or using up additional wall sockets. Only needing a single international travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage as well as being convenient for recharging your Kindle Fire at the airport or on a plane. Due to their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple phones, tablets and speakers using just a single plug socket.

We suggest searching for a flexible travel charger similar to this online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Austria

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Austria 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 best selling compact option for travellers originating from America visiting Austria.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more generous 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Austria. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for a Kindle Fire in Austria?

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

Instructions on how to charge a Kindle Fire from an Austrian power outlet using USB type B cord and a Type C USB adapter.

  1. To power the Kindle Fire from an Austrian power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Start by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it into the Austrian power outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by two circular holes next to each other.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB micro type B cable into the USB adapter and the other end into the USB charging port on a Kindle Fire.
  4. Turn on the Austrian power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which appears at the top corner of the Kindle Fire screen will display a charge icon to indicate that your tablet is charging.
  6. It takes between approximately 4 hours to 12 hours to fully charge however this is likely to take longer depending on the type of Fire you are using, the charger strength and if you are using the device during recharging. For further information please read the Kindle Fire device support [2] for more details on the recharging procedure and battery life.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire from an Austrian power outlet

Powering a Kindle Fire with an Austrian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Using USB micro type B cable and a three pinned Schuko Type F power charger to charge a Kindle Fire from an Austrian power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to a Kindle Fire from the Austrian power outlet you'll need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Plug in the Type F USB power adapter in the power supply. You can identify this plug outlet by two 4.8mm circular holes 19 mm next to each other where the two plug outlet pins go, plus thin metal grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the USB charging port on a Kindle Fire.
  4. Switch on the Austrian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found in the top corner of the tablet display will show a charging icon which indicates that the device is charging.
  6. It will take between 4 hours to 12 hours to completely recharge to full capacity, but this may be longer depending on the model of Kindle Fire you are charging, the charger strength and if you are using the device during the recharging process. Please read the Kindle Fire device support [2] for more details on battery life and the charging process.
Powering a Kindle Fire with an Austrian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia.org entry about Austria
  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 F power outlet
  7. Type F USB power adapter - Type F USB chargers are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, estimated price between $10 to $15.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, around $15.