How to charge your Kindle Fire 1st generation from a power outlet in UK

How to connect a UK power outlet to a Kindle Fire 1st generation

UK power outlet

If organizing a vacation to The United Kingdom it's helpful to know in advance if you can charge your essential devices such as cell phones and laptops that you are bringing along with you. However without knowing which power supply is used you are more likely to bring the wrong power adaptor, meaning needing to purchase a potentially overpriced charger when you arrive. Varying different combinations of voltages and plug types can all be daunting when planning to travel to a different country especially for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of common standards used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power the Kindle Fire 1st generation in The United Kingdom. These guidelines were written to stop travellers worrying if they can charge their Kindle Fire 1st generation when they're visiting The United Kingdom.If you're travelling to The United Kingdom the following instructions show charging your Kindle Fire 1st generation by using the standard 230 volt 50Hz Type G UK power outlet, the British will use BS 1363 13 amp plugs for power outlets. Most power sockets vary depending on which region you are in therefore please read the power supplies and Europe page for a complete list of countries. If travelling to The United Kingdom from another region double check your Kindle Fire 1st generation can be used with a 240v supply. If the Kindle Fire 1st generation originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts make sure that your device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from being damaged whilst powering it up.

These instructions show you how to connect the UK power outlet to your tablet and refers to the Kindle Fire 1st generation, not other tablets in the Kindle Fire range. Please check these instructions relate to your exact Kindle Fire by visiting the Amazon page for the full product range of the latest Amazon Kindle Fire, Fire HD and Fire HDX models. This Kindle Fire version can be recognised by the power button on the bottom and the Kindle logo on the rear of the tablet. This guide assumes you have installed version 6.3.4 Fire OS or greater for the Kindle Fire 1st generation, if you don't visit Amazon for the most recent Kindle software update which ensures you have the latest fixes for your Kindle. Go to the Amazon.com website for the Kindle Fire 1st generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire 1st generation user manual for more information.

Charging a Kindle Fire 1st generation in UK

Can you use a Kindle Fire 1st generation in UK?

Yes, you can use a Kindle Fire 1st generation in UK by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging a Kindle Fire 1st generation in The United Kingdom?

When you are travelling to multiple countries or bringing along more than just your Kindle Fire 1st generation the best travel adapter for The United Kingdom to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [7]. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your Kindle Fire 1st generation supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these types of USB travel adapters plus support for certain power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters having a four port charger will also allow you to power multiple devices at once without needing to buy individual travel adapters or using up additional wall outlets. By only packing a single travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage. Due to their flexibility 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, phones and speakers without needing an additional power outlet.

We suggest searching for a multipurpose power charger similar to this online, the multipurpose power charger illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [7] which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for UK

The 4 port USB travel charger [7] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the Kindle Fire 1st generation, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both UK and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from America visiting UK using 3 pin type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise 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 is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting UK.
What is the best travel adapter for recharging a Kindle Fire 1st generation in The United Kingdom?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire 1st generation from a UK power outlet

Using Micro USB type B connector and a Type G USB adapter to charge a Kindle Fire 1st generation with a UK power outlet.

  1. To supply power to your Kindle Fire 1st generation from the UK power outlet you'll need to buy a Type G 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 G USB power adapter into the wall outlet. You can recognise the wall supply by three vertical rectangular holes in a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth pins.
  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 1st generation. At the bottom of your Kindle original situated between the power button and the headphone output you can find the USB port.
  4. Switch on the UK 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 tablet is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire 1st generation takes approximately less than 4 hours to completely charge to 100 percent capacity, but this is likely to be longer if you are using the tablet during the recharging process. The battery life on your Kindle Fire 1st generation should last around 7 - 8 hours. Please read the Kindle Fire 1st generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery life.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire 1st generation from a UK power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom - wikipedia.org entry about The United Kingdom
  2. https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&linkCode=ur2&nodeId=200711000&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=SLZV3UCJE7XZ4Y7M - Kindle Fire 1st generation instruction manual
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeG.htm - Type G 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 1st generation charging support page
  5. Type G USB power adapter - Provides power from a type G mains power supply
  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. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters