Charging the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation when planning a trip to China

The Wiki Connections page showing how to charge your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation with a Chinese power outlet with type B USB Micro cable and a Type I USB charger, how to charge a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation using a 2 pin Type A power adapter and how to power a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation using a Type C Europlug power adapter

Chinese power outlet

When organizing a holiday it's useful to know if you can power all your devices when you get there. By not knowing which power socket is used you are likely to bring the wrong power charger, leaving you having to purchase a potentially expensive adaptor on arrival that could be incompatible and damage the device. Various combinations of region codes and sockets can often be daunting when planning to stay in a foreign country, especially if you've never been there before. These instructions have been specifically written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation abroad.When you are staying in China the following useful instructions show how to charge your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation by using their standard I, A or C type Chinese 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets, you'll discover a majority of Chinese typically use Type I plugs in their plug outlets. If you are visiting China from another country ensure your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation can accept a 240 volt supply. If your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check that the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power converter to stop the device from over-heating whilst powering it up.

The following instructions show you how to connect the Chinese power outlet to your 7" Kindle Fire and refers to the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generationfrom the Kindle Fire series. Please ensure these instructions relate to your exact Kindle Fire, visit the Amazon page on WikiConnections to see the full list of the latest Amazon Kindle Fire, Fire HD and Fire HDX tablets. You can recognise the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation by the volume and power buttons on the back and the Amazon logo on the back of the tablet. This page assumes that you have installed version 4.5.5 or greater of the Fire operating system for the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation, if not we recommend installing the most recent Kindle update to make sure you have the most up to date set of features for your Kindle. Go to the Amazon support site for the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation user manual for further information.

Charging a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation in China

Can you use a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation in China?

You can use a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation in China by using a power adaptor.

What is the best power adapter for a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation in China?

When travelling to more than one country then the best travel charger for China to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [11]. Chinese use three different standards of wall outlets (types I, A and C) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for both types A and C. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by changing the included plugs over. If your type of Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of power adapters along with compatibility with certain power hungry devices like tablets. This means you can recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy seperate travel chargers on your trip or using up additional power sockets. Because you are only packing a single international travel charger will also keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage and on hand for recharging your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation at an airport or on your flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones, tablets and e-readers with just a single power outlet.

We recommend buying this type of versatile power adapter online. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [11] which has been tested successfully for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for China

The 4 port USB travel charger [11] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both 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 compact power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting China.
  • 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 America using type B plugs and offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for almost half 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting China.
What is the best power adapter for a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation in China?

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

Instructions showing how to power a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation from a Chinese power outlet with USB Type B cord with a Type A USB adapter.

  1. To charge a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation from a Chinese power outlet you will need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Start by plugging the Type A USB power adapter into the Chinese power outlet. You can identify this power supply by the two slots adjacent to each other.
  3. Connect one end of the type B USB micro cable into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation. At the base of your Fire found next to the power button you will find the USB port.
  4. Turn on the Chinese power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which is found at the top corner of the 7" Kindle Fire will display a charging icon which indicates that the tablet is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire Third Generation takes approximately around 6 hours to fully charge to full capacity but this may take longer depending on the power strength and if you are using the device during charging. Typically the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation battery life lasts approximately 9 - 11 hours depending on how you use it. Please read the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery times and the charging process.
Powering a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation with a Chinese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

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

Using Type B USB Micro connector with a Type C Europlug power adapter to recharge your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation with a Chinese power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation using the Chinese power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Start by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. The wall outlet, also known as a Type C power outlet [7], can be recognised by 2 round adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the mains power charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation. You can find the USB port at the foot of the tablet situated next to the power button.
  4. Switch on the Chinese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top corner of the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation display will show a charging icon to indicate that your device is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation takes under 6 hours to completely recharge, however this is likely to be longer if you are using the tablet during the charging process. Typically the battery life on the Third Generation Kindle Fire lasts roughly 9 to 11 hours. Please read the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation charging support page [4] for more details on the charging process and battery life.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation from a Chinese power outlet

How to use a Type I power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation from a Chinese power outlet

The Wiki Connections page showing how to charge your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation with a Chinese power outlet with type B USB Micro cable and a Type I USB charger.

  1. If you want to power your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation from a Chinese power outlet you'll need a Type I USB power adapter [10] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. First you'll need to plug the Type I USB power adapter in the Chinese power outlet. You can recognise this plug supply by the three thin slots for the live, neutral and earth. Please be aware that the neutral and live pins are reversed compared to Argentinian power outlets, please check that your Type I travel adaptor is compatible with a Chinese power supply.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation. You will find the USB port on the bottom of your Kindle tablet located next to the power button.
  4. Switch on the Chinese 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 bolt icon to indicate that your device is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation takes less than 6 hours to fully charge, however this may take longer if you are using the tablet whilst recharging. The Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation battery life should last 9 to 11 hours depending on use. For more information please read the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation charging support page [4] for more details on the charging process and battery life.
How to use a Type I power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation from a Chinese power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China - China Wikipedia 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=201295080&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=AD5IYD4P6GI4Y7F5 - Kindle Fire HD 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 HD 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/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  8. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet
  9. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeI.htm - Type I power outlet
  10. Type I USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type I mains power outlet
  11. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters