How to charge the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation when staying in Switzerland

Learn how to power your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation from a Swiss power outlet with micro USB Type B connector and a Type C power charger and charging a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation using a 3 pinned Type J USB charger.

Swiss power outlet

Complicated voltages and sockets can all be daunting when planning to visit a different country if you've never visited before. This guide has been specifically written to prevent people worrying if they can power the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation abroad.This guide shows what you'll need to charge the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation when travelling to Switzerland by using the standard types J or C Swiss 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, a majority of Swiss use Type J sockets in their plug outlets. Power sources change regionally so please read our Wikiconnections global power supplies page for a full list showing charging devices in different destinations. If travelling to Switzerland from another country please ensure the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation can accept 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 a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from being damaged whilst powering it.

This guide shows how to connect the Swiss power outlet to the tablet and refers to the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generationfrom the Kindle Fire series. Please visit the Amazon page on WikiConnections to see the full list of Amazon Kindle Fire, Fire HD and Fire HDX models. You can recognise this version of the Kindle Fire by a front facing HD camera, the power and volume buttons on the back and the Amazon logo on the rear of the tablet. These instructions assume you have installed version 4.5.5 firmware or greater for the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation, but if not please visit Amazon for the most recent Kindle software update which ensures you have the most up-to-date features for your tablet. For further information go to the Amazon.com support site for the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation user manual.

Charging a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation in Switzerland

Can the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation be used in Switzerland?

You can connect a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation to a Swiss power outlet by using a power convertor.

What is the best power charger for a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation in Switzerland?

If travelling with more than your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation and visiting multiple countries then the best travel charger for Switzerland is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [9]. There are two different standards of power outlets in Switzerland (types J and C) and using a power charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the plugs. If your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation is compatible with Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of power chargers plus support for certain power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port charger means you can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy individual travel adapters on your trip to Switzerland. Because you are only bringing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets and phones without using up an additional power outlet.

We suggest buying this type of flexible power charger online, the multipurpose power charger illustrated 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 who only have USB devices such as the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. 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 adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact 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 travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs and offers practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at almost half 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Switzerland.
What is the best power charger for a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation in Switzerland?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation from a Swiss power outlet

Using USB type B cable with a Type C power charger to power your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation from a Swiss power outlet.

  1. To supply power to a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation using a Swiss power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Start the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it into the Swiss power outlet. You can recognise the plug outlet by 2 holes next to each other where the two pins slide into.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the USB power charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation. On the foot of your tablet located next to the power button 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 tablet screen will show a charge icon to indicate that the device is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation takes approximately under 6 hours to fully recharge however this may be longer if you are using the tablet during recharging. Typically the battery life on the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation should last approximately 9 to 12 hours depending on use. For more information on charging the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation please read the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd 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 HDX 3rd generation from a Swiss power outlet

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

Using type B USB connector with a 3 pinned Type J USB adapter to charge a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation from a Swiss power outlet.

  1. To supply power to your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation from the 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. Start the process by taking the Type J USB power adapter and plugging it in the Swiss power outlet. You can recognise the squashed hexagon shaped wall supply by 3 circular holes forming a flattened triangular pattern for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the USB power charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation. On the foot of your located next to the power button you can find the USB port.
  4. Switch on the Swiss power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which appears in the top corner of the tablet display will display a charging icon to indicate that the device is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation takes approximately under 6 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity however this may be longer if you are using the device during recharging. Typically the battery life on the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation should last approximately 9 to 12 hours depending on use. For further information on charging the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation please read the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery life.
How to use a Type J power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation from a Swiss power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Switzerland - Switzerland country page on wikipedia.org
  2. https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&linkCode=ur2&nodeId=201303400&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=TE3JUEOED6G5HTG3 - Kindle Fire HDX 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 HDX 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