How to charge a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation when planning a trip to Switzerland

Using USB micro type B cable and a three pinned Europlug Type C power charger to charge a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation from a Swiss power outlet and powering a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation using a Type J power adapter.

Swiss power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of standards and plugs can all be daunting when planning to travel to another country, especially to the first time traveller. These instructions have been written to prevent you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation when you are visiting Switzerland.The following step by step guide shows you how to power your Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation when you're visiting Switzerland by using their Type J or C Swiss 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, you will find most Swiss will use Type J plug outlets. When you are travelling to Switzerland from another country please check that your Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation can accept a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts ensure 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 over-heating during charging.

These instructions show you how to connect the Swiss power outlet to your Second Generation Kindle Fire HD8.9 and refers to the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation, not other tablets in the Kindle Fire range. We recommend visiting the Amazon page for the full list of Amazon Kindle Fire tablets. This make of the Kindle tablet is recognised by a front facing HD camera, the power and volume buttons on the sides and the Kindle logo on the back. These instructions assume you have installed version 8.5.1 or greater of Fire OS for the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation, however if you don't visit Amazon for the most recent Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation update to make sure you have the latest features for your device. Go to the support site at Amazon.com for the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation user guide for further information.

Charging a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation in Switzerland

Can the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation be used in Switzerland?

You can use a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation in Switzerland by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best power charger for recharging a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation in Switzerland?

When travelling to more than one country then the best international travel charger for Switzerland is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [9]. There are two standards of power outlets that Swiss use (J and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the included heads over. If your Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these types of power chargers, along with support for more power hungry devices like tablets. This will allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple travel chargers for your trip to Switzerland or using up additional wall outlets. Only needing a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage as well as being convenient for recharging your Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation at the airport or on a plane. Due to their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets and smartphones using just a single plug socket.

We suggest searching for an adaptable travel adapter like this online. The travel adapter illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [9] which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries 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 who only have USB devices such as the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary for visitors of regions with unreliable power supplies. These power adapters come 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 converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from North America going to Switzerland using type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and offers almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 Switzerland.
What is the best power charger for recharging a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation in Switzerland?

Powering a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation with a Swiss power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Using USB micro type B cable with a three pin Type C Europlug power charger to recharge a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation with a Swiss power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation from the Swiss power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type C USB power adapter in the Swiss power outlet. This plug outlet, also called a Europlug, is identified by two holes next to each other where the live and neutral pins sit.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Micro USB type B connector into the mains USB charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation. On the side of your located next to the HDMI output you will find the USB port.
  4. Switch on the Swiss power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found at the top corner of the Second Generation Kindle Fire HD8.9 display will show a charging icon which indicates that your device is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation takes approximately around 5 hours to completely recharge, but this may be longer depending on the strength of the power supply and if you are using the device during the recharging process. The battery life on the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation is 9 to 11 hours. Please read the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery life and the charging process.
Powering a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation with a Swiss power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Powering a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation with a Swiss power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type J USB adapter

Using USB type B cord and a Type J power charger to charge a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation from a Swiss power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to your Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation from the 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. Plug in the Type J USB power adapter in the power supply. You can recognise the squashed hexagon shaped power outlet by the 3 large round holes forming a triangle pattern.
  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 8.9 2nd generation. On the side of the situated next to the HDMI connector you can find the USB port.
  4. Turn on the Swiss power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears at the top corner of the tablet will show a lightning icon which indicates that the device is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation takes around 5 hours to fully recharge to full capacity, however this may take longer if you are using the device during the charging cycle. Typically the 8.9 inch Kindle Fire HD battery life lasts approximately 9 to 11 hours depending on how you use the tablet. Please read the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery times.
Powering a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation with a Swiss power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type J USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Switzerland - Switzerland Wikipedia web 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=201016060&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=DLOFYKA26TCA5NOB - Kindle Fire HD 8.9 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 8.9 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