How to charge the Kindle Fire 2nd generation when staying in UK

How to connect a UK power outlet to a Kindle Fire 2nd generation

UK power outlet

Various region codes and sockets can all cause confusion when planning on staying in another country, especially for the first time traveller. These instructions were written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge the Kindle Fire 2nd generation when going abroad.The following step by step instructions tells you exactly what you'll need to charge your Kindle Fire 2nd generation when you're in The United Kingdom by using the standard 230 volt 50Hz Type G UK wall outlet, with the British using a BS 1363 13 amp plug for charging. When you are visiting The United Kingdom from a different country double check your Kindle Fire 2nd generation can accept a 240 volt supply. If the Kindle Fire 2nd generation originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts ensure the Kindle Fire 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 whilst powering it. If you intend on visiting places such as London or Edinburgh please read the wikipedia.org page about The United Kingdom [1] for more information on visiting the area.

This list of instructions shows how to connect the UK power outlet to your Fire and refers to the Kindle Fire 2nd generation not other tablets in the Kindle Fire series. Please visit the Amazon page on WikiConnections for the full product range of the latest Amazon Kindle Fire tablets. You can recognise the Kindle Fire 2nd generation by 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 10.5.1 Fire OS operating system or greater for the Kindle Fire 2nd generation, but if you don't we suggest installing the latest Kindle Fire 2nd generation update which ensures you have the most up-to-date fixes for your device. Visit Amazon for the Kindle Fire 2nd generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire 2nd generation manual for more information.

Charging a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in UK

Can the Kindle Fire 2nd generation be used in UK?

Yes, you can use a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in UK.

What is the best power charger for recharging a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in The United Kingdom?

When you are travelling with more than just your Kindle Fire 2nd generation or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for The United Kingdom is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [7]. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the supplied heads over. If your model of Kindle Fire 2nd generation can support Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times with one of these power chargers plus support for certain power demanding devices. Unlike other adapters this will also allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring individual travel adapters. Because you are only bringing a single travel charger will keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling and suitable for recharging your Kindle Fire 2nd generation at the airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets and phones 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 [7] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for UK

The 4 port USB travel charger [7] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the Kindle Fire 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 converters offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of regions with unstable power grids. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both UK and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 option for travellers originating from North America going to UK using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly 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 is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a flexible 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 ideal for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting UK.
What is the best power charger for recharging a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in The United Kingdom?

How to use a Type G power charger for charging your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a UK power outlet

Using Type B Micro USB cord and a Type G power charger to power your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a UK power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from the UK power outlet you'll need to use a Type G USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Begin by inserting the Type G USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This wall supply, sometimes called the Type G power outlet [3], can be recognised by the three vertical slots 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 2nd generation. At the side of the Kindle found to the right of the HDMI socket you can find the USB port.
  4. Switch on the UK power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which appears at the top corner of the Kindle Fire 2nd generation will show a charge icon to indicate that the device is charging.
  6. The tablet takes around 5 hours to completely charge 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. The battery life on your Fire lasts around 8 - 9 hours. For more information on charging the Kindle Fire 2nd generation please read the Kindle Fire 2nd generation charging support page [4] for more details on the recharging process and battery times.
How to use a Type G power charger for charging your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a UK power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom - wikipedia.org page 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=201009560&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=EHVRDTACVKWJ25RH - Kindle Fire 2nd 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 2nd 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