How to charge a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation when planning a trip to Japan

The Wiki Connections page on how to recharge a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation with a Japanese power outlet with type B USB connector with a Type A power adapter and powering a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation using a Type B power charger.

Japanese power outlet

Various voltages and plugs can all be confusing when planning to visit another country especially to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of standards being used throughout the world this article shows exactly what to pick up in advance to power the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation . This page has been specifically written to help assist travellers wanting to charge their Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation abroad.This page contains a simple guide showing what you'll need to charge the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation when going to Japan by using their B or A type Japanese 100 volt 60Hz wall outlets, Type B power outlets will be typically used by a majority of Japanese. Power sources will vary regionally therefore please read the Wikiconnections global power supplies page where you'll find a complete list showing regions. If your Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when you are visiting Japan from a different region then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically devices which originate from another country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) either take longer to charge or won't power up, so check your device is a dual voltage device (normally marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to ensure proper use.

These instructions show how to connect the Japanese power outlet to your Second Generation Kindle Fire HD and this page refers to the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generationfrom the Kindle Fire product line. We recommend visiting the Amazon page on WikiConnections to see the full list of the latest Amazon Kindle Fire tablets. You can recognise this version of the Kindle tablet by a front facing HD camera, the volume and power buttons on the sides and a Kindle logo on the back of the tablet. This page assumes you have installed version 8.5.1 or greater of the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation Fire OS operating system, however if not we suggest installing the most recent Kindle OS update to ensure you have the most up to date fixes for your Kindle Fire. For more information visit Amazon for the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation instruction guide.

Charging a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation in Japan

Can you use a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation in Japan?

Yes, you can use a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation in Japan.

What is the best travel adapter for a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation in Japan?

If travelling to more than one country then the best international travel charger for Japan is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [9]. Japanese use two different standards of wall outlets (B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A. As these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the plugs over. If your Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these power adapters, and support for more power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other chargers this means you can power multiple devices at the same time without needing to bring individual power chargers or using up additional wall outlets. Only needing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage while travelling. Due to their versatility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets and smartphones with only a single power outlet.

We recommend searching for a flexible travel adapter like this online, the power adapter illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [9] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Japan

The 4 port USB travel charger [9] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary for visitors of regions with unstable power supplies. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting Japan using 3 pin type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also 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 and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • Yubi Universal Power Strip Kit - The Yobi has just 2 USB charging ports but offers a generous 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Japan.
What is the best travel adapter for a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation in Japan?

Powering a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation with a Japanese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

A guide showing you how to charge a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation from a Japanese power outlet using Micro USB type B cable with a Type A USB adapter.

  1. In order to power a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation using the Japanese power outlet you'll need to use 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 in the Japanese power outlet. This power outlet, technically called a Type A power outlet [3], can be identified by the two thin slots next to each other.
  3. Connect the USB end of the type B Micro USB cord into the bottom of the mains power charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation. You will find the USB port on the side of your 8.9" Kindle situated to the right of the HDMI socket.
  4. Switch on the Japanese power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which is found in the top corner of the Fire screen will show a charging icon which indicates that your device is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire HD8.9 Second Generation takes less than 5 hours to fully recharge to full capacity, but this may be longer depending on the strength of the power supply and if you are using the device whilst charging. The battery life on your Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation should last roughly 9 - 11 hours depending on use. Please read the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation charging support page [4] for more details on the charging procedure and battery times.
Powering a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation with a Japanese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

How to use a Type B power charger for charging your Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation from a Japanese power outlet

Using type B USB connector with a Type B power adapter to charge your Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation from a Japanese power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation from the Japanese power outlet you will need a Type B USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type B USB power adapter in the power outlet. The plug outlet (technically known as a Type B power outlet [7]) can be recognised by the 2 slots parallel to each other with a single hole below for the slightly longer ground pin.
  3. Connect one end of the USB type B cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation. At the side of your Kindle Fire Second Generation situated next to the HDMI socket you can find the USB port.
  4. Turn on the Japanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears at the top corner of the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation takes approximately less than 5 hours to completely charge however this is likely to take longer if you are using the tablet during recharging. Typically the 8.9" Kindle battery life is around 9 to 11 hours. For more information please read the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery times.
How to use a Type B power charger for charging your Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation from a Japanese power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japan - Japanese country page on Wikipedia
  2. https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&linkCode=ur2&nodeId=201016060&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=DLOFYKA26TCA5NOB - Kindle Fire HD 8.9 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 HD 8.9 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