How to charge your Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation from a power outlet in Japan

A step-by-step guide showing how to recharge your Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation from a Japanese power outlet with USB Micro type B cord and a three pin Type A USB adapter and powering a Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation using a 3 pinned Type B power plug.

Japanese power outlet

When packing for a vacation to Japan it's helpful to know if you can charge any indispensable devices such as cell phones or laptop computers at your destination. Without knowing which wall socket is being used you may end up either having to bring too many spare adaptors or bring the wrong adaptor, therefore having to borrow a potentially overpriced adaptor when you get there. Varying complicated frequencies and standards can often be confusing when planning on travelling to another country especially if you've never visited before. This isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of standards used in the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need to purchase in advance to power the Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation . These instructions were written to help prepare people wanting to charge the Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation abroad.When you're staying in Japan this page contains instructions showing how to charge your Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation using their standard types B or A Japanese 100 volt 60Hz plug outlets, please be aware that Type B wall outlets are used by most Japanese. Power sources will vary from region to region so please read our Wikiconnections travel power connections list for a full list of powering devices in different countries. If your Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation doesn't power up or recharges slowly when you are visiting Japan from a different country check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally devices which originated from a country which use a higher voltage such as 240 volts can take longer to charge or won't turn on, check the Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation is a dual voltage device (you'll find these are normally indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to ensure proper use. If you are planning on staying in a Japanese destination like Tokyo or Yokohama refer to the Japanese entry on wikipedia.org [1] for further details prior to the location.

The following list of instructions show how to connect the Japanese power outlet to your tablet and refers to the Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation, not other tablets in the Kindle Fire range. We recommend visiting the Amazon page on WikiConnections for the full list of Amazon Kindle Fire, Fire HD and Fire HDX tablets. This Kindle Fire can be recognised by a front facing VGA camera, a rear facing HD camera, the power and volume buttons on the side and the Amazon logo on the rear of the tablet. This guide assumes you have installed firmware version 4.5.5 or greater for the Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation, if not please visit Amazon for the latest Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation update to ensure you have the most up-to-date fixes for your device. Visit the manufacturers website at Amazon.com for the Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation instruction manual [2] for more information.

Charging a Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation in Japan

Can the Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation be used in Japan?

You can connect a Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation to a Japanese power outlet.

What is the best power charger for a Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation in Japan?

If you are travelling with more than just your Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation the best travel charger for Japan to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [9]. Japanese use two different standards of wall outlets (B and A) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your type of Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these power chargers, along with additional support for certain power demanding devices.

Unlike other travel adapters having a 4 port charger means you can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple travel adapters for your Japanese trip. Because you are only needing a single international USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage. Due to their versatility these types of power chargers can be used back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets with only a single wall outlet.

We suggest buying a versatile travel charger similar to this online, the power charger illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [9] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Japan

The 4 port USB travel charger [9] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Japan and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Japan.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and gives the same set of features as the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • Yubi Universal Power Strip Kit - The Yobi only has 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Japan.
What is the best power charger for a Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation in Japan?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation from a Japanese power outlet

Using micro USB Type B cable with a Type A power adapter to charge a Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation with a Japanese power outlet.

  1. To supply power to your Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation from the Japanese power outlet you'll need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Begin by taking the Type A USB power adapter and inserting it into the power supply. This wall outlet (sometimes called a Type A power outlet [3]) is recognised by the two thin slots next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the power adapter and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation. You will find the USB port on the top right of your tablet located next to the power button.
  4. Switch on the Japanese power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which appears at the top corner of the tablet screen will show a charge icon which indicates that your tablet is charging.
  6. The Kindle takes less than 6 hours to fully recharge but this is likely to take longer if you are using the device whilst recharging. The Forth Generation Kindle Fire battery life is roughly 8 to 11 hours depending on use. Please read the Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation charging support page [4] for more details on the recharging process and battery times.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation from a Japanese power outlet

Powering a Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation with a Japanese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Using USB Micro type B cord and a three pinned Type B USB adapter to recharge your Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation from a Japanese power outlet.

  1. In order to power your Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation using a Japanese 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. Firstly you'll need to plug in the Type B USB power adapter in the Japanese power outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by the 2 slots where the live and neutral plug outlet blades go with a semicircular shaped hole below for the ground pin.
  3. Connect one end of the type B Micro USB cord into the bottom of the USB power charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation. At the top right of your Forth Generation Kindle Fire found next to the power button you can find the USB port.
  4. Switch on the Japanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found in the top corner of the Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation will show a lightning icon which indicates that the device is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation takes approximately under 6 hours to fully charge to full capacity, but this may be longer depending on the power strength and if you are using the tablet during the charging cycle. Typically the battery life on the Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation should last approximately 8 to 11 hours. For more information on charging please read the Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation charging support page [4] for more details on the recharging procedure.
Powering a Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation with a Japanese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japan - Japanese entry on wikipedia.org
  2. https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&linkCode=ur2&nodeId=201597000&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=UZWL22ALFPXJ3QYM - Kindle Fire HD 7 4th 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 7 4th 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