How to charge a Kindle Fire 2nd generation when planning a trip to Chile

The Wiki Connections guide showing how to power a Kindle Fire 2nd generation with a Chilean power outlet with type B USB connector with a Europlug Type C USB adapter and charging a Kindle Fire 2nd generation using a Type L power adapter.

Chilean power outlet

Varying different combinations of standards and plugs can all be daunting when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of common standards being used throughout the world this article shows exactly what to pick up in advance to power the Kindle Fire 2nd generation in Chile. When you're visiting Chile these instructions show how to power the Kindle Fire 2nd generation using their standard types L or C 220 volt 50Hz power outlets, most Chileans normally use the Type L plugs in their power outlets. When travelling to Chile from another country check your Kindle Fire 2nd generation can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to stop the device from over-heating during charging.

These instructions show you how to connect the Chilean power outlet to your 7 inch Kindle Fire HD Second Generation and this page refers to the Kindle Fire 2nd generationfrom the Kindle Fire series. Please visit the Amazon page on WikiConnections where you'll find the full product range of the latest Amazon Kindle Fire, Fire HD and Fire HDX models. You can identify the Kindle Fire 2nd generation by the power and volume buttons on the sides and the Kindle logo on the back. These instructions assume that you have installed firmware version 10.5.1 or greater for the Kindle Fire 2nd generation, but if not we suggest installing the most recent Kindle OS update to ensure you have the most up to date fixes for your Kindle. For more information go to the Amazon.com website for the Kindle Fire 2nd generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire 2nd generation manual.

Charging a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in Chile

Can the Kindle Fire 2nd generation be used in Chile?

You can use a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in Chile by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in Chile?

If travelling to more than one country then the best international travel charger for Chile is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [9]. There are two standards of power outlets that Chileans use (types L and C) and using a travel charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by changing the included plugs. If your model of Kindle Fire 2nd generation supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these power adapters, and support for more power hungry devices. This means you can recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack individual travel adapters for your Chilean trip. By only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage. Due to their versatility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we suggest buying this type of versatile travel adapter at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [9] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Chile

The 4 port USB travel charger [9] 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 the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unreliable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Chile using type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Chile.
What is the best travel adapter for recharging a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in Chile?

Charging a Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a Chilean power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Using type B USB micro cord and a Type C power adapter to charge your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a Chilean power outlet.

  1. To supply power to your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from the Chilean power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type C USB power adapter into the Chilean power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by the 2 circular adjacent holes next to each other where the plug outlet pins go.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB type B connector into the mains USB charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire 2nd generation. At the side of the Fire situated next to the HDMI connector you can find the USB port.
  4. Turn on the Chilean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears at the top corner of the 7 inch Kindle display will display a charge icon which indicates that your tablet is charging.
  6. The Fire takes roughly under 5 hours to fully charge to 100 percent capacity however this may take longer if you are using the device during the charging cycle. Typically the battery life on the Kindle Fire 2nd generation should last 8 - 9 hours depending on use. For more information please read the Kindle Fire 2nd generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery times.
Charging a Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a Chilean power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Powering a Kindle Fire 2nd generation with a Chilean power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type L USB adapter

Learn how to charge a Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a Chilean power outlet with Micro USB type B cable and a three pin Type L USB charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from the Chilean power outlet you will need a Type L USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type L USB power adapter into the Chilean power outlet. You can recognise this hexagon shaped plug outlet by 3 large round holes in a line for live, neutral and ground pins. You'll find there are two variations of Type L plug outlet, one rated for 10 amps and one for 16 amps. A 10 amp version has 4mm thick pins spaced 5.5mm apart, whilst a 16 amp version has larger 5mm thick round pins spaced 8mm apart.
  3. Connect one end of the USB type B cord into the mains USB charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire 2nd generation. You'll find the USB port on the side of your Second Generation Kindle Fire HD7 inch located to the right of the HDMI jack.
  4. Turn on the Chilean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears at the top corner of the Kindle Fire HD7 Second Generation display will show a charging icon which indicates that your device is charging.
  6. The tablet takes around under 5 hours to fully charge to 100% capacity however this is likely to take longer if you are using the tablet during recharging. Typically the battery life on the Kindle Fire 2nd generation lasts 8 - 9 hours depending on use. For more information please read the Kindle Fire 2nd generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery times.
Powering a Kindle Fire 2nd generation with a Chilean power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type L USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chile - Chile Wikipedia web page
  2. https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&linkCode=ur2&nodeId=201009560&linkId=EHVRDTACVKWJ25RH - Kindle Fire 2nd generation instruction manual
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&linkCode=ur2&nodeId=201119640&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=BHZDW336CXLI4M7V - Kindle Fire 2nd generation charging support page
  5. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet
  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
  7. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeL.htm - Type L power outlet
  8. Type L USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type L mains power outlet
  9. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters