How to charge the Kindle Fire 1st generation when staying in Switzerland

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge a Kindle Fire 1st generation with a Swiss power outlet by using type B USB cord and a Type C power charger and charging a Kindle Fire 1st generation using a 3 pinned Type J power charger.

Swiss power outlet

Different combinations of region codes and plugs can often be confusing when planning to travel to a different country if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of standards being used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what to purchase in advance to charge your Kindle Fire 1st generation in Switzerland. This page has been specifically written to prevent travellers worrying if they can power the Kindle Fire 1st generation when going to Switzerland.When visiting Switzerland the following instructions show powering your Kindle Fire 1st generation using their Type J or C Swiss 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, you'll discover most Swiss will typically use the Type J wall outlets. When you are visiting Switzerland from a different country check your Kindle Fire 1st generation can be used with a 240v supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) double check your device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to avoid the device from over-heating whilst powering it.

The following page shows how to connect the Swiss power outlet to your tablet and refers to the Kindle Fire 1st generation. Visit the Amazon page on WikiConnections for the full product range of the latest Amazon Kindle Fire tablets. This Kindle version can be recognised by a power button on the bottom and a Kindle logo on the back. This guide assumes you have installed version 6.3.4 or greater of the Kindle Fire 1st generation operating system, but if not please visit Amazon for the most recent Kindle software update to make sure you have all the latest fixes for your tablet. For further information visit the support site at Amazon for the Kindle Fire 1st generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire 1st generation manual.

Charging a Kindle Fire 1st generation in Switzerland

Can the Kindle Fire 1st generation be used in Switzerland?

You can connect a Kindle Fire 1st generation to a Swiss power outlet by using a power convertor.

What is the best power charger for a Kindle Fire 1st generation in Switzerland?

If travelling to more than one country the best travel adapter for Switzerland to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [9]. There are two different standards of power outlets in Switzerland (types J and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the plugs. If your Kindle Fire 1st generation is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a four port charger means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate power chargers or using up additional wall sockets. Only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple phones, tablets and speakers without needing an additional power outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend searching for this type of versatile travel adapter online. The power charger illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [9] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Switzerland

The 4 port USB travel charger [9] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Switzerland.
  • 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 from the US using type B plugs and gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more generous 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Switzerland.
What is the best power charger for a Kindle Fire 1st generation in Switzerland?

Charging a Kindle Fire 1st generation from a Swiss power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Using Type B micro USB cord and a Type C power charger to power your Kindle Fire 1st generation from a Swiss power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your Kindle Fire 1st generation using a Swiss power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Begin by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the Swiss power outlet. You can recognise this power supply by 2 adjacent holes where the pins sit.
  3. Connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire 1st generation. You will find the USB port on the base of your tablet located between the power button and the headphone socket.
  4. Turn on the Swiss power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found in the top corner of the Kindle Fire 1st generation will show a charging icon to indicate that the device is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire 1st generation takes around 4 hours to completely charge however this may be longer if you are using the tablet during recharging. Typically the battery life on the Kindle Fire 1st generation lasts roughly 7 - 8 hours. Please read the Kindle Fire 1st generation charging support page [4] for more details on the charging procedure.
Charging a Kindle Fire 1st generation from a Swiss power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

How to use a Type J power charger for charging your Kindle Fire 1st generation from a Swiss power outlet

Using Type B Micro USB connector and a Type J power charger to power your Kindle Fire 1st generation from a Swiss power outlet.

  1. To supply power to a Kindle Fire 1st generation using a Swiss power outlet you will need a Type J USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Begin by inserting the Type J USB power adapter in the Swiss power outlet. You can identify this hexagon shaped wall supply by 3 holes in a triangle shape for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire 1st generation. You will find the USB port on the foot of your tablet located between the power button and the headphone socket.
  4. Turn on the Swiss power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found in the top corner of the Kindle Fire 1st generation will show a charging icon which indicates that your tablet is charging.
  6. The tablet takes around 4 hours to completely charge however this may be longer depending on the strength of the power supply and if you are using the tablet during recharging. Typically the Kindle tablet battery life lasts roughly 7 - 8 hours. Please read the Kindle Fire 1st generation charging support page [4] for more details on the charging procedure.
How to use a Type J power charger for charging your Kindle Fire 1st generation from a Swiss power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Switzerland - wikipedia.org page about Switzerland
  2. https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&linkCode=ur2&nodeId=200711000&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=SLZV3UCJE7XZ4Y7M - Kindle Fire 1st generation instruction manual
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C 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 1st generation charging support page
  5. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C 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/typeJ.htm - Type J power outlet
  8. Type J USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type J 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