Charging your Kindle Fire 1st generation from a power outlet in Japan

Simple instructions showing you how to power your Kindle Fire 1st generation with a Japanese power outlet using USB Micro type B cord with a 3 pin Type A power charger and how to power a Kindle Fire 1st generation using a Type B USB charger.

Japanese power outlet

Varying different standards and sockets can often be daunting when planning to travel to a new country especially for the first time traveller. This step-by-step guide will show exactly what you'll need to charge the Kindle Fire 1st generation when you're travelling to Japan using the standard B or A type Japanese 100 volt 60Hz power outlets, you will discover a majority of Japanese use the Type B wall outlets. You will find power supplies differ depending on which region you are travelling to so please read the power supplies and Asia page for a full list of regions and countries. If the Kindle Fire 1st generation slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when travelling to Japan 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) can take longer to charge or won't power up, check that the device is a dual voltage device (you'll find these are usually marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to ensure proper use.

The following guide shows you how to connect the Japanese power outlet to your Kindle original and this page refers to the Kindle Fire 1st generation. Please check these instructions relate to your Kindle Fire model, visit the Amazon page on WikiConnections to see the full list of the latest Amazon Kindle Fire models. This Kindle model is identified by the power button on the bottom and a Kindle logo on the back of the tablet. These instructions assume that you have installed version 6.3.4 or greater of the Kindle Fire 1st generation operating system, but if you don't we suggest installing the most recent Kindle Fire 1st generation OS update to make sure you have the most up-to-date fixes for your device. For more information visit the manufacturers website at Amazon for the Kindle Fire 1st generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire 1st generation instruction manual.

Charging a Kindle Fire 1st generation in Japan

Can you use a Kindle Fire 1st generation in Japan?

You can use a Kindle Fire 1st generation in Japan.

What is the best travel charger for recharging a Kindle Fire 1st generation in Japan?

If travelling to more than one country or bringing more than your Kindle Fire 1st generation then the best international travel adapter for Japan is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [9]. Japanese use two different standards of power outlets (types B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A.

As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by switching the included heads. If your Kindle Fire 1st generation supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these USB travel chargers, plus compatibility with certain power hungry devices. Unlike other travel chargers having a 4 port adapter will allow you to recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy individual travel chargers on your Japanese trip. Only needing a single lightweight 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 suitable for recharging your Kindle Fire 1st generation at an airport or on a flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of chargers can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and e-readers without needing an additional plug socket.

If you travel to different countries we suggest searching for this type of versatile power adapter at your preferred electronics retailer. The travel charger illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [9] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Japan

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 1st generation, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These power 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 Japan.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • Yubi Universal Power Strip Kit - The Yobi has just 2 USB charging ports but offers 6 AC outlets. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, B, E, F, G and I making it suitable for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Japan.
What is the best travel charger for recharging a Kindle Fire 1st generation in Japan?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire 1st generation from a Japanese power outlet

Simple instructions showing you how to power a Kindle Fire 1st generation with a Japanese power outlet using USB micro type B cord with a 3 pin Type A power charger.

  1. In order to power a Kindle Fire 1st generation from a Japanese power outlet you will need to use 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 wall supply. The wall outlet (known as the Type A power outlet [3]) is identified by 2 adjacent slots for live and neutral pins.
  3. Connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire 1st generation. You'll find the USB port on the base of the 1st generation Kindle Fire located between the power button and the headphone jack.
  4. Turn on the Japanese power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which is found at the top corner of the Kindle will display a charge icon which indicates that the tablet is charging.
  6. The Kindle original takes approximately less than 4 hours to completely recharge, however this may take longer depending on the strength of the power and if you are using the device during the charging process. Typically the battery life on the Kindle Fire 1st gen is approximately 7 - 8 hours. For further information on charging please read the Kindle Fire 1st generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery times and the charging process.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire 1st generation from a Japanese power outlet

Powering a Kindle Fire 1st generation with a Japanese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Using type B USB micro cable and a Type B USB adapter to power a Kindle Fire 1st generation from a Japanese power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the Kindle Fire 1st generation using the Japanese power outlet you'll need a Type B USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Firstly insert the Type B USB power adapter in the Japanese power outlet. The wall outlet (known as the Type B power outlet [7]) is identified by 2 thin slots next to each other where the live and neutral blades go with a single semicircular shaped hole below for the grounded pin.
  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 1st generation. On the bottom of your Fire found between the headphone output and the power button you will find the USB port.
  4. Turn on the Japanese power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which appears in the top corner of the 1st generation Kindle Fire screen will show a charge icon to indicate that your device is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire 1st generation takes under 4 hours to completely recharge but this may take longer depending on the power strength and if you are using the device whilst recharging. The battery life on the Kindle Fire 1st generation lasts 7 to 8 hours depending on how you use the tablet. For more information please read the Kindle Fire 1st generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery times and the recharging procedure.
Powering a Kindle Fire 1st generation with a Japanese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japan - Wikipedia.org entry about Japan
  2. https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&linkCode=ur2&nodeId=200711000&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=SLZV3UCJE7XZ4Y7M - Kindle Fire 1st 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 1st 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. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters