Charging your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation from a power outlet in Colombia

Learn how to charge your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation with a Colombian power outlet with type B Micro USB cable and a Type A USB adapter and how to charge a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation using a Type B USB plug.

Colombian power outlet

Various combinations of standards and voltages can all be confusing when planning on staying in another country, especially to the first time traveller. When you're staying in Colombia the following useful instructions show how to supply power to the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation by using their types B or A 110 volt 60Hz plug outlets. Most power is different depending on which area you are in so please read the power supplies and South America page for a full list of regions and countries. If the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation doesn't power up or recharges slowly when travelling to Colombia from a different country please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically electrical devices which come from a country which use a higher voltage (for example 220 volts) sometimes take longer to charge or won't power up, check the device is dual voltage (usually indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to ensure proper use. If you're planning on staying at a Colombian city like Bogotá or MedellĂ­n we recommend reading the wikipedia entry about Colombia [1] for more details.

This guide shows how to connect the Colombian power outlet to the Fire and this page refers to the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation. Please check these instructions relate to your Kindle Fire, visit the Amazon page where you'll see the full series of Amazon Kindle Fire models. You can recognise this Kindle Fire model by a front facing camera, the power and volume buttons on the back and the Amazon logo on the back of the tablet. This page assumes that you have installed Fire operating system version 4.5.5 or greater for the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation, however if you don't we recommend installing the latest Kindle update which makes sure you have all the latest fixes for your Kindle. For further information go to the Amazon support site for the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation guide.

Charging a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation in Colombia

Can you use a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation in Colombia?

You can use a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation in Colombia.

What is the best power adapter for recharging a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation in Colombia?

If you are travelling to more than one country or bringing more than just your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation then the best travel adapter for Colombia is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [9]. Colombians use two different types of power outlets (types B and A) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type A. As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world just by changing the heads over. If your type of Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from faster charging times with one of these types of power adapters and additional support for more power demanding devices.

This will allow you to power more than one device at the same time without needing to pack multiple power chargers on your Colombian trip. By only needing a single USB travel charger will also keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage while travelling as well as being convenient for recharging your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation at an airport or on the flight. Due to their versatility these types of chargers can be used back at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets without needing an additional wall outlet.

We recommend buying a versatile travel charger of this nature online; the multipurpose power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [9] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Colombia

The 4 port USB travel charger [9] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America going to Colombia.
  • 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 originating from America using type B plugs. This is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Colombia.
What is the best power adapter for recharging a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation in Colombia?

Powering a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation with a Colombian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Using type B Micro USB cable and a Type A power adapter to power a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation with a Colombian power outlet.

  1. To power the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation using the Colombian 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. Firstly insert the Type A USB power adapter into the power outlet. This ungrounded power outlet (known as a Type A power outlet [3]) is identified by the 2 slots adjacent to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet blades go.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB micro type B cord into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation. You will find the USB port at the foot of the tablet situated next to the power button.
  4. Switch on the Colombian power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which is found at the top corner of the Third Generation Kindle Fire will show a charge icon which indicates that your device is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation takes under 6 hours to completely charge to 100 percent capacity but this is likely to be longer if you are using the tablet whilst recharging. The Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation battery life is approximately 9 - 12 hours. For further information please read the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery times and the charging procedure.
Powering a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation with a Colombian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation from a Colombian power outlet

Learn how to charge your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation with a Colombian power outlet with type B Micro USB cable and a Type B USB adapter.

  1. If you want to power a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation from a Colombian 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. Begin the process by taking the Type B USB power adapter and plugging it into the Colombian power outlet. This power outlet, sometimes known as a Type B power outlet [7], is identified by the 2 thin slots where the live and neutral blades go with a single semicircular hole below for the longer grounded pin.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Type B Micro USB cable into the mains power adapter and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation. At the base of your tablet found next to the power button you'll find the USB port.
  4. Turn on the Colombian power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which appears in the top corner of the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation display will show a lightning bolt icon to indicate that your tablet is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation takes around around 6 hours to fully charge to full capacity, however this is likely to take longer if you are using the device during the recharging process. Typically the battery life on your 7 inch Kindle lasts 9 to 12 hours depending on how you use the tablet. Please read the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation charging support page [4] for more details on the recharging procedure and battery times.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation from a Colombian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colombia - wikipedia entry about Colombia
  2. https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&linkCode=ur2&nodeId=201303400&linkId=TE3JUEOED6G5HTG3 - Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation instruction manual
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeA.htm - Type A 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 HDX 3rd generation charging support page
  5. Type A USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type A 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/typeB.htm - Type B power outlet
  8. Type B USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type B 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