How to charge your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation from a power outlet in Austria

Using USB micro Type B connector and a Europlug Type C USB adapter to recharge your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation from an Austrian power outlet and powering a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation using a Schuko Type F USB adapter.

Austrian power outlet

When packing for a vacation to Austria it's helpful to know in advance if you can charge any essential devices such as mobile phones or laptop computers when you arrive. Without knowing which wall socket is being used you may end up either having to bring too many spare adaptors or bring the wrong charger, therefore having to borrow a potentially overpriced power adaptor when you get there. Varying different combinations of region codes and plug types can often be confusing when planning to visit another country, especially if you've never visited before. These instructions have been written to prevent you having to worry if you'll be able to charge your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation when you're in Austria.The following step-by-step guide will show you what you'll need to charge the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation when travelling to Austria by using their F or C type 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, a majority of Austrians use the Type F plug outlets. When you are travelling to Austria from another region please ensure that the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation can be used with a 240v supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure your device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from over-heating when powering up.

These instructions show you how to connect the Austrian power outlet to the 7 inch Kindle and this page refers to the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation. Visit the Amazon page where you'll find the full range of the latest Amazon Kindle Fire models. You can recognise the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation by the power and volume buttons on the back and an Amazon logo on the back. These instructions assume that you are using version 4.5.5 or greater of the OS for the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation, however if not we suggest installing the latest Kindle software update which makes sure you have the latest fixes for your Kindle. Go to Amazon for the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation instruction guide for more information.

Charging a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation in Austria

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

You can connect a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation to an Austrian power outlet.

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

When travelling to multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for Austria is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Austrians use two different types of plug sockets (types F and C) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the heads over. If your model of Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these travel adapters, and support for certain power hungry devices like tablets.

This means you can power more than one device at the same time without needing to bring individual power chargers for your trip. Because you are only needing to pack a single international travel charger will help keep the size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets with only a single wall outlet.

We suggest buying a versatile power charger similar to this online, the power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Austria

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These travel adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Austria and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from America going to Austria.
  • 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. This gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Austria. [9]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation in Austria?

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation from an Austrian power outlet

Using USB micro Type B connector and a Europlug Type C USB adapter to recharge your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation from an Austrian power outlet.

  1. To supply power to your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation from the Austrian 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. Start the process by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the Austrian power outlet. This unearthed wall supply (called a Europlug or Type C power outlet [3]) is recognised by the two round holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the mains power charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation. You'll find the USB port at the base of your Third Generation Kindle Fire found next to the power button.
  4. Turn on the Austrian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found at the top corner of the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation screen will display a lightning icon to indicate that the device is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation takes approximately under 6 hours to completely charge to 100 percent capacity, but this may be longer depending on the power strength and if you are using the tablet during the charging cycle. Typically the tablet battery life should last approximately 9 to 11 hours. For more information on charging please read the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation charging support page [4] for more details on the recharging process.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation from an Austrian power outlet

Powering a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation with an Austrian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Instructions showing how to charge a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation with an Austrian power outlet with micro USB Type B cable with a Type F power adapter.

  1. In order to charge your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation using an Austrian power outlet you will need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. First you'll need to plug in the Type F USB power adapter into the wall outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by the two adjacent holes where the twin plug outlet pins go and thin metal grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the power adapter and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation. You will find the USB port on the foot of your tablet located next to the power button.
  4. Turn on the Austrian power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which appears at the top corner of the Kindle display will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation takes roughly around 6 hours to completely charge to 100% capacity however this may take longer depending on the strength of the power source and if you are using the device whilst charging. Typically the battery life on the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation should last roughly 9 - 11 hours depending on how you use the tablet. For further information on charging the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation please read the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery times and the recharging process.
Powering a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation with an Austrian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Austrian Wikipedia 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, priced 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 F power outlet
  8. 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, costs 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.