How to charge a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation when planning a trip to Switzerland

The Wiki Connections guide on how to recharge a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation with a Swiss power outlet with type B Micro USB cord with a Type C power adapter and powering a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation using a Type J USB adapter.

Swiss power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of frequencies and standards can often lead to confusion when planning on staying in a foreign country for the first time traveller. This guide was written to assist visitors wanting to power the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation when they are travelling to Switzerland.The following step by step guide shows you how to power the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation when you are travelling to Switzerland by using their Type J or C Swiss 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, Type J power outlets will be typically used by a majority of Swiss. Power is different depending on which region you are in so please read the World power supplies page for a complete list of countries. If you are travelling to Switzerland from a different country make sure the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation can be charged using a 240v supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts make sure that your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to stop the device from overloading whilst powering it.

This guide shows you how to connect the Swiss power outlet to the tablet and refers to the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation. We recommend visiting the Amazon page to see the full series of Amazon Kindle Fire, Fire HD and Fire HDX models. This Kindle is recognised by the volume and power buttons on the back and the Amazon logo on the rear. This guide assumes that you are using version 4.5.5 or greater of the Fire OS operating system for the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation, but if you don't visit Amazon for the most recent Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation update to ensure you have all the latest fixes for your Kindle. For more information go to Amazon for the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation instruction guide.

Charging a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation in Switzerland

Can you use a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation in Switzerland?

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

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

If travelling to more than one country and bringing along more than just your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation the best international travel power adapter for Switzerland is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [9]. Swiss use two different standards of power outlets (J and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by changing the included plugs. If your model of Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB power chargers along with additional support for certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port charger will also allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple travel adapters for your trip. By only bringing a single USB travel charger will also keep the overall size down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage as well as being convenient for recharging your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation at the airport or on a flight. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones, tablets and e-readers without needing an additional plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we suggest buying this type of flexible travel adapter at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel adapter illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [9] which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with perfect reliably.

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, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering 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 most popular compact power adapter 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 Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and offers almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Switzerland.
What is the best travel adapter for recharging a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation in Switzerland?

Powering a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation with a Swiss power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Using type B Micro USB cord with a Type C power adapter to charge your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation from a Swiss power outlet.

  1. In order to power a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation using 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. Insert the Type C USB power adapter in the Swiss power outlet. This unearthed wall outlet can be recognised by the 2 holes next to each other.
  3. Then connect one end of the micro USB Type B cord into the mains USB adapter and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation. At the foot of your 7" Kindle situated next to the power button you will find the USB port.
  4. Switch on the Swiss power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found in the top corner of the tablet will show a lightning icon which indicates that the device is charging.
  6. The takes roughly under 6 hours to fully charge to 100 percent capacity, however this may be longer if you are using the device during the recharging process. The battery life on your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation should last roughly 9 - 11 hours depending on use. Please read the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation charging support page [4] for more details on the charging procedure and battery times.
Powering a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation with a Swiss power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Type J power charger for charging your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation from a Swiss power outlet

Learn how to charge a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation from a Swiss power outlet with type B USB connector with a Type J power adapter.

  1. In order to charge your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation using a Swiss power outlet you'll need to use a Type J USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Firstly plug the Type J USB power adapter into the Swiss power outlet. The squashed hexagon shaped power outlet, technically known as a Type J power outlet [7], looks like 3 holes forming a flattened triangular configuration for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the type B USB micro cord into the bottom of the mains USB charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation. On the foot of your 7" Kindle found next to the power button you can find the USB port.
  4. Turn on the Swiss power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found at the top corner of the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation will show a lightning icon to indicate that the device is charging.
  6. The tablet takes approximately under 6 hours to fully charge to 100 percent capacity however this may take longer if you are using the device during the recharging cycle. The battery life on the Kindle Fire HD7 Third Generation lasts 9 - 11 hours depending on use. Please read the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation charging support page [4] for more details on the charging process and battery times.
How to use a Type J power charger for charging your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation from a Swiss power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Switzerland - Switzerland Wikipedia 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=201295080&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=AD5IYD4P6GI4Y7F5 - Kindle Fire HD 3rd 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 HD 3rd 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