Charging the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation when planning a trip to Japan

A guide showing how to power a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation from a Japanese power outlet with Type B USB Micro cable and a 3 pin Type A USB charger and charging a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation using a Type B USB plug.

Japanese power outlet

Differing voltages and sockets can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never been there before. The following guide tells you exactly what you'll need to power your Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation when going to Japan using the standard Type B or A Japanese 100 volt 60Hz power outlets, a majority of Japanese will use the Type B plug outlets. You will discover power supplies vary depending on which area you are in therefore please read the travel power supplies page for a complete list of regions and countries. If the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation charges slowly or does not power up when you are visiting Japan from another country check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically electrical devices which originate from a different country which use a higher voltage (for example 220 volts) can take longer to charge or won't power up, check that your Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation is dual-voltage (normally indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to ensure proper use.

This list of instructions shows you how to connect the Japanese power outlet to your Kindle tablet and this page refers to the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation, not other tablets in the Kindle Fire product line. Please ensure these instructions relate to your exact Kindle Fire, visit the Amazon page on WikiConnections for the full series of Amazon Kindle Fire, Fire HD and Fire HDX tablets. You can recognise this Kindle model by rear and front facing HD cameras, the volume and power buttons on the back and the Amazon logo on the back of the tablet. These instructions assume that you have installed Fire OS version 4.5.5 or greater for the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation, however if you don't please visit Amazon for the latest Kindle OS update which makes sure you have the most up-to-date set of features for your Kindle. Go to the Amazon support site for the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation instruction manual [2] for further information.

Charging a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation in Japan

Can you use a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation in Japan?

You can use a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation in Japan by using a power adaptor.

What is the best power charger for recharging a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation in Japan?

If you are travelling with more than your Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation or visiting more than one country the best international travel charger for Japan to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [9]. Japanese use two different types of power outlets (types B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the heads. If your Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB power adapters along with compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

Unlike other travel chargers this will allow you to power more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy individual power adapters for your Japanese trip or using up additional power sockets. Because you are only packing a single lightweight travel charger will keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage while travelling. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers without using up an additional plug socket.

If you travel regularly we suggest searching for this type of flexible travel charger online - the multipurpose power adapter illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [9] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

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, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from America going to Japan using 3 pin type B 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 America using type B plugs and offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • Yubi Universal Power Strip Kit - The Yobi has just 2 USB charging ports but offers a more flexible 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Japan.
What is the best power charger for recharging a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation in Japan?

Charging a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation from a Japanese power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

A guide showing how to power a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation from a Japanese power outlet with Type B USB Micro cable and a 3 pin Type A USB charger.

  1. If you want to power your Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation using the 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. Begin the process by plugging the Type A USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can identify the power outlet by the two adjacent slots where the twin plug outlet pins slide into.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the type B Micro USB connector into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation. You can find the USB port at the base of the Forth Generation Kindle Fire located next to the power button.
  4. Switch on the Japanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top corner of the Kindle Fire Forth Generation will display a lightning bolt icon to indicate that your device is charging.
  6. The 8.9 inch Kindle Fire takes approximately around 6 hours to fully charge to full capacity but this may take longer if you are using the tablet during the charging process. Typically the battery life on the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation lasts roughly 10 to 12 hours. For further information please read the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation charging support page [4] for more details on the charging process and battery life.
Charging a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation from a Japanese power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

Charging a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation from a Japanese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Instructions showing how to power a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation from a Japanese power outlet with type B micro USB cable and a 3 pin Type B power adapter.

  1. If you want to charge a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation from a 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. Begin the process by plugging the Type B USB power adapter into the Japanese power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the two slots where the twin blades slide into with a single hole below for the slightly long grounded pin.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the mains power adapter and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation. At the foot of the 8.9 inch Kindle Fire located next to the power button you'll find the USB port.
  4. Turn on the Japanese power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which is found at the top corner of the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation display will show a charging icon to indicate that your device is charging.
  6. The Kindle tablet takes approximately around 6 hours to fully charge, however this is likely to be longer if you are using the tablet during the charging process. Typically the battery life on your Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation is approximately 10 - 12 hours depending on how you use it. For more information on charging please read the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery life and the recharging procedure.
Charging a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation from a Japanese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japan - Wikipedia.org web page 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=201597010&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=VKCJFRPACVESDX7I - Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 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 HDX 8.9 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