Charging your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a power outlet in Tobago

Using Micro USB type B connector and a Type A USB adapter to power your Kindle Fire 2nd generation with a Tobagonian power outlet and recharging a Kindle Fire 2nd generation using a three pinned Type B power adapter.

Tobagonian power outlet

When packing for a vacation to Tobago it can often be useful to know if you can charge all your essential electronics when you get there. However, without knowing which wall socket is used you are likely to bring the wrong charger, meaning needing to buy or borrow a potentially overpriced charger on arrival that might not be compatible. Various standards and sockets can all lead to confusion when planning on visiting another country, especially to the first time traveller. This step by step guide shows you exactly how to supply power to the Kindle Fire 2nd generation when visiting Tobago by using their standard types B or A 115 volt 60Hz plug outlets, please be aware Type B plug outlets are typically used by a majority of Tobagonians. If the Kindle Fire 2nd generation charges slowly or does not power up when you are travelling to Tobago from a different country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally devices which come from a country which use a higher voltage such as 240 volts sometimes take longer to charge or won't power up, so check the Kindle Fire 2nd generation is dual-voltage (you'll find these are normally marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional converter to ensure proper use.

This guide shows how to connect the Tobagonian power outlet to the 7" Kindle Fire HD and refers to the Kindle Fire 2nd generation. Please visit the Amazon page for the full series of the latest Amazon Kindle Fire, Fire HD and Fire HDX models. This Kindle model can be identified by the volume and power buttons on the sides and the Kindle logo on the rear. These instructions assume you are using version 10.5.1 Fire OS or greater for the Kindle Fire 2nd generation, however if you don't we recommend installing the latest Kindle OS update to ensure you have the most up to date fixes for your Kindle Fire. For further information visit the support site at Amazon.com for the Kindle Fire 2nd generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire 2nd generation instruction guide.

Charging a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in Tobago

Can you use a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in Tobago?

You can connect a Kindle Fire 2nd generation to a Tobagonian power outlet by using the correct power convertor.

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What is the best power adapter for a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in Tobago?

If you are travelling with more than just your Kindle Fire 2nd generation and visiting multiple countries the best travel charger for Tobago is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two types of power outlets in Tobago (B and A) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type A.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by changing the supplied plugs. If your Kindle Fire 2nd generation supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these types of USB power adapters, plus compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other adapters this will allow you to recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring seperate power adapters. By only packing a single international travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage as well as being suitable for recharging your Kindle Fire 2nd generation at an airport or on the flight. Because of their versatility these types of power adapters can be used when you return home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets and smartphones using just a single wall outlet.

If you travel to different continents we suggest buying this type of versatile power charger online. The travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Tobago

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 2nd generation, 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 crucial when visiting regions with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These power converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Tobago 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 best selling compact power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Tobago.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a 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 wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Tobago. [9]
What is the best power adapter for a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in Tobago?

Charging a Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a Tobagonian power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

Using Micro USB type B connector and a Type A USB adapter to power your Kindle Fire 2nd generation with a Tobagonian power outlet.

  1. To charge your Kindle Fire 2nd generation using the Tobagonian power outlet you'll need a Type A USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Plug in the Type A USB power adapter into the power supply. You can recognise this power outlet by two slots next to each other.
  3. Plug in 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 port on a Kindle Fire 2nd generation. On the side of your Kindle Fire Second Generation situated to the right of the HDMI jack you'll find the USB port.
  4. Switch on the Tobagonian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears at the top corner of the Kindle Fire 2nd generation display will display a lightning bolt icon which indicates that the tablet is charging.
  6. The tablet takes approximately around 5 hours to completely recharge but this is likely to be longer if you are using the tablet during the charging process. The battery life on the 7 inch Kindle is around 8 to 9 hours depending on use. For more information please read the Kindle Fire 2nd generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery life.
Charging a Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a Tobagonian power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

How to use a Type B power charger for charging your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a Tobagonian power outlet

Using USB Type B cord with a 3 pin Type B USB charger to recharge a Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a Tobagonian power outlet.

  1. In order to power a Kindle Fire 2nd generation from the Tobagonian power outlet you will need to use a Type B USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Start by plugging the Type B USB power adapter into the Tobagonian power outlet. The wall outlet, technically called a Type B power outlet [7], can be identified by the two slots next to each other where the twin blades go with a single semicircle hole below for the slightly long earth pin.
  3. Connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire 2nd generation. On the side of the Second Generation Kindle Fire located next to the HDMI output you can find the USB port.
  4. Turn on the Tobagonian power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which appears in the top corner of the 7 inch Kindle screen will show a charging icon to indicate that your tablet is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire 2nd generation takes less than 5 hours to fully charge, but this may take longer depending on the power strength and if you are using the tablet during the recharging cycle. Typically the Kindle Fire 2nd generation battery life lasts approximately 8 - 9 hours. For more information on charging please read the Kindle Fire 2nd generation charging support page [4] for more details on the charging procedure.
How to use a Type B power charger for charging your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a Tobagonian power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia web page about Tobago
  2. Amazon - Kindle Fire 2nd generation instruction manual
  3. iec.ch - Type A power outlet
  4. Amazon - Kindle Fire 2nd generation charging support page
  5. Type A USB power adapter - An unearthed Type A USB charger has 2 parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes near the tip of each blade, around $10.
  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, under $10.
  7. iec.ch - Type B power outlet
  8. Type B USB power adapter - 3 pinned Type B USB chargers have a single unearthed round pin along with 2 shorter parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes in the end of each blade, between $10 to $15.
  9. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated price between $15 to $20.