Charging a Kindle Fire 2nd generation when staying in Japan

Using micro USB Type B cord with a Type A USB charger to power a Kindle Fire 2nd generation with a Japanese power outlet and recharging a Kindle Fire 2nd generation using a three pinned Type B power charger.

Japanese power outlet

Complicated combinations of voltages and plug types can often lead to confusion when planning on travelling to another country, especially to the first time traveller. This isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards being used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what to purchase in advance to charge the Kindle Fire 2nd generation in Japan. This page is a step-by-step guide telling you how to power your Kindle Fire 2nd generation when you are in Japan using the standard B or A type 100 volt 60Hz wall outlets, please be aware Type B plug outlets are normally used by a majority of Japanese. If the Kindle Fire 2nd generation charges slowly or does not power up when you are travelling to Japan from a different country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically electrical devices which come from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts sometimes take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check that your Kindle Fire 2nd generation is a dual voltage device (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to ensure proper use. If you're planning to stay in a Japanese place such as Tokyo refer to the Wikipedia.org entry about Japan [1] for more details.

This list of instructions shows you how to connect the Japanese power outlet to your Kindle tablet and refers to the Kindle Fire 2nd generation. Visit the Amazon page for the full series 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 a Kindle logo on the back of the tablet. This guide assumes that you are using version 10.5.1 or greater of Fire OS for the Kindle Fire 2nd generation, but if you don't we recommend installing the most recent Kindle update which makes sure you have the most up to date fixes for your Kindle Fire. Visit the Amazon.com website for the Kindle Fire 2nd generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire 2nd generation guide for further information.

Charging a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in Japan

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

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

What is the best travel charger for a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in Japan?

When travelling to multiple countries or bringing more than your Kindle Fire 2nd generation the best international travel charger for Japan to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [9]. There are two types of power outlets in Japan (B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world just by switching the heads over. If your type of Kindle Fire 2nd generation can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times by using one of these types of power adapters plus additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other adapters this means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to buy multiple power chargers on your Japanese trip or occupying additional wall outlets. Because you are only packing a single USB travel charger will keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage and suitable for charging your Kindle Fire 2nd generation at an airport or on a 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 sit overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend searching for an adaptable power adapter like this online. The multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [9] which has been tested successfully for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries with good reliably.

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 2nd generation, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unstable power grids. These power adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, 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 portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Japan using 3 pinned 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 originating from the US using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just one 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 majority of travellers from around the world visiting Japan.
What is the best travel charger for a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in Japan?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a Japanese power outlet

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

  1. In order to power a Kindle Fire 2nd generation from the Japanese 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. Insert the Type A USB power adapter into the Japanese power outlet. The plug supply (known as the Type A power outlet [3]) is recognised by 2 thin adjacent slots next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Plug in one end of the micro USB Type B cord into the bottom of the power adapter and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire 2nd generation. At the side of the 7 inch Kindle found to the right of the HDMI jack you'll find the USB port.
  4. Switch on the Japanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears at the top corner of the Kindle Fire 2nd generation will display a charge icon which indicates that your device is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire 2nd generation takes around 5 hours to fully recharge but this may be longer if you are using the tablet during the charging process. The Kindle Fire 2nd generation battery life lasts approximately 8 - 9 hours. Please read the Kindle Fire 2nd 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 2nd generation from a Japanese power outlet

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

The WikiConnections guide showing how to recharge a Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a Japanese power outlet using micro USB Type B cord with a Type B USB charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to the Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a Japanese power outlet you'll need to use a Type B USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Begin by inserting the Type B USB power adapter into the power outlet. You can recognise the wall supply by the 2 thin slots next to each other where the twin plug outlet blades sit with a single semicircular hole below for the long earth pin.
  3. Connect one 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. At the side of your Second Generation Kindle Fire located to the right of the HDMI output you can find the USB port.
  4. Turn on the Japanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top corner of the Kindle Fire 2nd generation screen will display a charging icon which indicates that the device is charging.
  6. The 7 inch Kindle takes under 5 hours to fully charge, but this may take longer if you are using the tablet during the recharging process. Typically the Second Generation Kindle Fire battery life should last 8 - 9 hours. For further information please read the Kindle Fire 2nd generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery life.
Powering a Kindle Fire 2nd 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=201009560&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=EHVRDTACVKWJ25RH - Kindle Fire 2nd 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 2nd 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