How to charge the Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation when staying in Switzerland

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation with a Swiss power outlet by using type B USB cord and a Type C power charger and powering a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation using a 3 pinned Type J USB adapter.

Swiss power outlet

Complicated frequencies and standards can all cause confusion when planning on staying in another country, especially for the first time traveller. This page has been specifically written to stop you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge your Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation when you are travelling abroad.This guide shows what you'll need to supply power to your Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation when you're in Switzerland by using the standard types J or C Swiss 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, Type J power outlets are used by most Swiss. When you are visiting Switzerland from a different country double check your Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation can be used with a 240v supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) make sure the Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from being damaged during charging.

The following page shows how to connect the Swiss power outlet to your 7 inch Kindle and this page refers to the Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation not other tablets in the Kindle Fire range. Please visit the Amazon page on WikiConnections to see the full series of Amazon Kindle Fire, Fire HD and Fire HDX models. You can recognise the Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation by a front facing HD camera, the power and volume buttons on the sides and the Kindle logo on the rear of the tablet. These instructions assume that you are using version 7.5.1 or greater of Fire OS for the Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation, however if not please visit Amazon for the most recent Kindle firmware update which ensures you have the most up-to-date features for your Kindle. Go to the Amazon.com support site for the Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation manual for more information.

Charging a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation in Switzerland

Can the Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation be used in Switzerland?

You can use a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation in Switzerland.

What is the best power charger for recharging a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation in Switzerland?

When you are travelling with more than just your Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for Switzerland to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [9]. Swiss use two different types of plug sockets (J and C) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the supplied heads over. If your model of Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation can support Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters and support for certain power demanding devices. Having a four port charger means you can charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy individual travel adapters on your trip to Switzerland or occupying additional power outlets. By only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage. 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 smartphones and tablets without using up an additional power outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend searching for a flexible power charger like this at an electronics retailer. 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 with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Switzerland

The 4 port USB travel charger [9] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters 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 covering both Switzerland 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. This offers 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 recharging a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation in Switzerland?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation from a Swiss power outlet

Using USB Micro Type B connector with a Europlug Type C power charger to power your Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation from a Swiss power outlet.

  1. To supply power to a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd 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 identify this wall supply by 2 holes next to each other.
  3. Connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation. You will find the USB port on the side of your tablet located to the right of the HDMI connector.
  4. Turn on the Swiss power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found in the top corner of the tablet display will display a lightning icon which indicates that your tablet is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation takes approximately under 5 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity, but this is likely to take longer if you are using the device during the charging cycle. The battery life on your Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation should last approximately 7 to 10 hours depending on use. Please read the Kindle Fire HD 7 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 HD 7 2nd generation from a Swiss power outlet

Charging a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation from a Swiss power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type J USB adapter

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation with a Swiss power outlet by using type B USB cord and a Type J power charger.

  1. If you want to power your Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd 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 recognise the squashed hexagon shaped power supply by 3 holes in a triangle configuration.
  3. Plug in the USB 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 HD 7 2nd generation. You'll find the USB port at the side of the located to the right of the HDMI socket.
  4. Turn on the Swiss power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found in the top corner of the Kindle tablet screen will display a lightning icon which indicates that your tablet is charging.
  6. The Fire takes roughly less than 5 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity, but this is likely to take longer depending on the strength of the power source and if you are using the tablet during recharging. Typically the battery life on the tablet should last approximately 7 to 10 hours depending on use. Please read the Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery life.
Charging a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation from a Swiss power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type J USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Switzerland - Wikipedia 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=200939330&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=2Y75DDOG5AGHRIB2 - Kindle Fire HD 7 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 HD 7 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