How to charge your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a power outlet in Switzerland

Simple instructions showing how to recharge your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a Swiss power outlet with USB Micro Type B cable with a Type C power charger and recharging a Kindle Fire 2nd generation using a 3 pinned Type J USB charger.

Swiss power outlet

Complicated combinations of region codes and plugs can often be daunting when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never visited before. This guide was specifically written to help prepare visitors wanting to charge their Kindle Fire 2nd generation when going to Switzerland.If you're visiting Switzerland these useful instructions show powering your Kindle Fire 2nd generation using the standard types J or C Swiss 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, a majority of Swiss normally use the Type J plug outlets. Power supplies will vary depending on which country you're taking a trip to therefore please read the Wiki Connections world power supplies list where you'll find a complete list of regions and countries. If travelling to Switzerland from another country double check your Kindle Fire 2nd generation can be used with a 240v supply. If the Kindle Fire 2nd generation originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts make sure your device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to prevent the device from being damaged whilst powering it.

These instructions show you how to connect the Swiss power outlet to the tablet and refers to the Kindle Fire 2nd generationfrom the Kindle Fire range. Please check these instructions relate to your exact Kindle Fireby visiting the Amazon page to see the full product range of the latest Amazon Kindle Fire models. This Kindle tablet is recognised by the volume and power buttons on the sides and a Kindle logo on the rear of the tablet. These instructions assume that you have installed version 10.5.1 or greater of the operating system for the Kindle Fire 2nd generation, however if not we suggest installing the latest Kindle Fire 2nd generation firmware update to make sure you have the most up to date features for your device. Visit the manufacturers website at Amazon.com for the Kindle Fire 2nd generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire 2nd generation instruction guide for further information.

Charging a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in Switzerland

Can the Kindle Fire 2nd generation be used in Switzerland?

You can connect a Kindle Fire 2nd generation to a Swiss power outlet.

What is the best power charger for a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in Switzerland?

If you are travelling with more than just your Kindle Fire 2nd generation or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Switzerland is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [9]. Swiss use two different types of plug sockets (J and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the included heads over. If your model of Kindle Fire 2nd generation supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these power chargers and additional compatibility with more power hungry devices. Having a 4 port adapter means you can power more than one device at the same time without needing to bring multiple travel chargers or occupying additional power outlets. Only bringing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage. Due to their versatility these types of power chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers without needing an additional power outlet.

We suggest buying a versatile travel charger similar to this at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [9] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Switzerland

The 4 port USB travel charger [9] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices via USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 option for travellers originating from North America going to Switzerland.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs. This gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at almost half the 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 ideal for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Switzerland.
What is the best power charger for a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in Switzerland?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a Swiss power outlet

Using Type B Micro USB cord and a three pin Type C Europlug USB adapter to recharge your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a Swiss power outlet.

  1. To supply power to your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from the Swiss power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Start by inserting the Type C USB power adapter into the power outlet. You can recognise this wall supply by two circular holes adjacent to each other.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Type B USB cord into the bottom of the USB power charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire 2nd generation. On the side of your 7 inch Kindle Fire HD Second Generation situated next to the HDMI connector you can find the USB port.
  4. Switch on the Swiss power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which is found in the top corner of the Kindle tablet display will display a charging icon to indicate that the device is charging.
  6. The tablet takes less than 5 hours to fully recharge however this may be longer depending on the strength of the power supply and if you are using the tablet during the charging cycle. Typically the battery life on the Kindle Fire HD 7" Second Generation should last approximately 8 to 9 hours. Please read the Kindle Fire 2nd generation charging support page [4] for more details on the charging procedure.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a Swiss power outlet

How to use a Type J power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a Swiss power outlet

Instructions on how to recharge your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a Swiss power outlet with USB Micro Type B cable with a Type J power charger.

  1. If you want to power the Kindle Fire 2nd generation from the Swiss power outlet you'll need to buy a Type J USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Begin by taking the Type J USB power adapter and inserting it into the wall outlet. This squashed hexagon shaped plug outlet, technically called a Type J power outlet [7], can be recognised by the three large circular holes in a triangle configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Then connect one end of the Type B Micro USB cord into the USB adapter and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire 2nd generation. You will find the USB port on the side of your Second Generation Kindle Fire situated next to the HDMI output.
  4. Switch on the Swiss power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which appears at the top corner of the Kindle Fire 2nd generation screen will display a lightning icon which indicates that your device is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire 2nd generation takes roughly around 5 hours to completely charge to 100% capacity, however this may be longer depending on the power strength and if you are using the tablet during the recharging cycle. The battery life lasts around 8 to 9 hours depending on use. For more information on charging the please read the Kindle Fire 2nd generation charging support page [4] for more details on the recharging process.
How to use a Type J power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a Swiss power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Switzerland - wikipedia.org entry 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=201009560&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=EHVRDTACVKWJ25RH - Kindle Fire 2nd 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 2nd 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