How to charge a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation when planning a trip to Japan

Using Type B USB micro cord and a Type A power adapter to charge a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation from a Japanese power outlet and charging a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation using a Type B USB adapter.

Japanese power outlet

Varying different combinations of standards and plugs can all be daunting when planning to travel to another country, especially to the first time traveller. When you are travelling to Japan this page has useful instructions showing how to charge your Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation by using the B or A type 100 volt 60Hz wall outlets, most Japanese will normally use Type B wall outlets. You will find power will vary depending on which area you are travelling to so we suggest reading the Asia page for a full list of countries. If your Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation doesn't power up or recharges slowly 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 such as 240 volts may take longer to charge or won't power up, check the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to ensure proper use. If you plan on travelling to places like Tokyo or Yokohama we also recommend referring to the Japan Wikipedia web page [1] for further information on travelling to the location.

The following page shows you how to connect the Japanese power outlet to the Kindle Fire Third Generation and this page refers to the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generationfrom the Kindle Fire series. Please visit the Amazon page on WikiConnections where you'll find the full product range of the latest Amazon Kindle Fire, Fire HD and Fire HDX models. You can identify this Kindle Fire version by rear and front facing cameras, the power and volume buttons on the back and the Amazon logo on the rear. These instructions assume that you have installed firmware version 4.5.5 or greater for the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation, but if not we suggest installing the most recent Kindle firmware update to ensure you have all the latest fixes for your Kindle. For further information go to the support website at Amazon.com for the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation instruction guide.

Charging a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation in Japan

Can the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation be used in Japan?

You can use a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation in Japan by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best power charger for recharging a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation in Japan?

When travelling to more than one country and bringing along more than just your Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation the best international travel charger for Japan is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [9]. There are two standards of power outlets in Japan (types B and A) and using a travel charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the heads over. If your Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these USB travel chargers and additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other chargers this means you can charge more than one device at the same time without needing to buy seperate power adapters on your Japanese trip. By only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage while travelling. Because of their space saving versatility these types of adapters can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers with only a single power outlet.

If you travel to Japan we recommend searching for this type of flexible power adapter at your preferred electronics retailer; the multipurpose travel charger illustrated 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.

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 those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover 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 best selling portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Japan.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a flexible 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 Japan.
What is the best power charger for recharging a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation in Japan?

How to use a Type A power charger for charging your Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation from a Japanese power outlet

Using Type B USB micro cord and a Type A power adapter to charge a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation from a Japanese power outlet.

  1. In order to power a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation using 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. First you'll need to insert the Type A USB power adapter into the Japanese power outlet. This unearthed wall outlet (sometimes known as the Type A power outlet [3]) can be identified by the 2 slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Then connect the USB 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 HDX 8.9 3rd generation. On the bottom of the Third Generation Kindle Fire HDX situated next to the power button you will find the USB port.
  4. Switch on the Japanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found at the top corner of the Third Generation Kindle Fire HDX8.9 display will show a charging icon which indicates that your device is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation takes approximately less than 6 hours to completely charge, but this is likely to be longer depending on the strength of the power and if you are using the device during the recharging process. The battery life on the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation lasts 9 - 12 hours. For more information on charging please read the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation charging support page [4] for more details on the charging procedure and battery times.
How to use a Type A power charger for charging your Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation from a Japanese power outlet

How to use a Type B power charger for charging your Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation from a Japanese power outlet

Using USB type B cord and a 3 pinned Type B power charger to charge a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation from a Japanese power outlet.

  1. To power the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation from a Japanese power outlet you will need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Start the process by taking the Type B USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by two thin slots next to each other where the twin plug outlet blades go with a single hole below for the ground pin.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation. On the base of the Kindle situated next to the power button you'll 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 HDX 8.9 3rd generation display will display a charge icon which indicates that your tablet is charging.
  6. The tablet takes approximately under 6 hours to completely charge but this is likely to be longer depending on the power strength and if you are using the tablet whilst charging. The battery life on your tablet should last roughly 9 - 12 hours depending on use. For more information on charging please read the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation charging support page [4] for more details on the recharging procedure and battery life.
How to use a Type B power charger for charging your Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation from a Japanese power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japan - Japan Wikipedia web 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=201342250&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=ZJQS5ETWIYEWYT2M - Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 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 HDX 8.9 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/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