Charging a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation when staying in Taiwan

The WikiConnections guide on how to charge a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation from a Taiwanese power outlet by using Type B USB micro cord with a 3 pin Type A USB charger and charging a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation using a 3 pin Type B USB plug.

Taiwanese power outlet

When packing for a holiday to Taiwan it's useful to know in advance if you'll be able to power any common gadgets like mobile phones and laptop computers when you get to your destination. By not knowing which power supply is being used in Taiwan you are more likely to bring the wrong adaptor, leaving you needing to buy or borrow a potentially overpriced charger on arrival that might not be compatible and cause problems with the device. Varying complicated standards and voltages can all be confusing when planning to visit a new country if you've never been there before. These instructions have been specifically written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation when you are travelling to Taiwan.When you're planning a trip to Taiwan these useful instructions show how to power your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation by using the Type B or A Taiwanese 110 volt 60Hz power outlets, please be aware that Type B power outlets will be typically used by most Taiwanese. If your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation does not power up or charges slowly when you are visiting Taiwan from another region then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Devices which originate from a country which use a higher voltage (for example 220 volts) sometimes take longer to charge or won't power up, so check the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation is dual-voltage (you'll find these are usually marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to ensure proper use. If you are planning on staying in a city such as Taipei City or Kaohsiung read the wikipedia page about Taiwan [1] for further details.

These instructions show you how to connect the Taiwanese power outlet to your and refers to the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generationfrom the Kindle Fire product line. We recommend visiting the Amazon page to see the full series of the latest Amazon Kindle Fire, Fire HD and Fire HDX models. You can identify the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation by the power and volume buttons on the back and an Amazon logo on the rear of the tablet. This guide assumes that you have installed version 4.5.5 or greater of Fire OS for the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation, if you don't we suggest 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 HD 3rd generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation guide for further information.

Charging a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation in Taiwan

Can the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation be used in Taiwan?

Yes, you can use a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation in Taiwan.

What is the best travel adapter for a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation in Taiwan?

When you are travelling with more than your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation the best travel charger for Taiwan is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [9]. There are two different types of plug sockets in Taiwan (types B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the plugs over. If your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these types of USB power chargers, and compatibility with more power demanding devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port adapter means you can power more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack individual travel chargers or occupying additional power sockets. By only needing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones and using only a single power outlet.

For those travelling frequently we suggest searching for this type of versatile power charger at an electronics retailer. The travel adapter illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [9] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Taiwan

The 4 port USB travel charger [9] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which is necessary for visitors of regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Taiwan 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 compact power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Taiwan.
  • 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 from North America using type B plugs and gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers 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 Taiwan.
What is the best travel adapter for a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation in Taiwan?

Powering a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation with a Taiwanese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

The WikiConnections guide on how to charge a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation from a Taiwanese power outlet by using Type B USB micro cord with a 3 pin Type A USB charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation from a Taiwanese 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. Firstly plug in the Type A USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by two thin adjacent slots where the live and neutral blades go.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the USB adapter and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation. You can find the USB port on the bottom of your Third Generation Kindle Fire located next to the power button.
  4. Switch on the Taiwanese power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which is found at the top corner of the Third Generation Kindle Fire screen will show a lightning icon to indicate that the tablet is charging.
  6. The takes approximately less than 6 hours to completely recharge to full capacity however this is likely to take longer depending on the strength of the power and if you are using the device whilst recharging. Typically the battery life on your Fire is 9 to 11 hours depending on how you use it. For further information on charging please read the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation charging support page [4] for more details on the charging process.
Powering a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation with a Taiwanese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation from a Taiwanese power outlet

Using USB Type B connector and a Type B USB adapter to power your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation with a Taiwanese power outlet.

  1. In order to power a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation from the Taiwanese 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. Plug in the Type B USB power adapter into the Taiwanese power outlet. This power outlet, sometimes called the Type B power outlet [7], can be recognised by the two slots next to each other for live and neutral blades with a hole below for the grounded pin.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB type B cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation. At the foot of your tablet situated next to the power button you'll find the USB port.
  4. Switch on the Taiwanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears at the top corner of the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation will display a charge icon which indicates that your device is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation takes roughly around 6 hours to fully recharge but this may be longer if you are using the device during charging. The Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation battery life lasts approximately 9 - 11 hours depending on use. Please read the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation charging support page [4] for more details on the recharging process.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation from a Taiwanese power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiwan - wikipedia page about Taiwan
  2. https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&linkCode=ur2&nodeId=201295080&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=AD5IYD4P6GI4Y7F5 - Kindle Fire HD 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 HD 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