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

Connecting a Welsh power outlet to a Kindle Fire 2nd generation

Welsh power outlet

If you are packing for a vacation it can be useful to know in advance if you can power all your common devices when you're there. However without knowing which plug socket is being used you are more likely to bring the wrong charger, leaving you needing to purchase a potentially overpriced power adaptor when you're there. Varying complicated combinations of region codes and plugs can often be confusing when planning to stay in another country, especially for the first time traveller. The following step-by-step instructions will show what you'll need to supply power to your Kindle Fire 2nd generation when you're travelling to Wales by using a 230 volt 50Hz G Type power outlet, the Welsh will use BS 1363 13 amp plugs for wall outlets. If travelling to Wales from another country please ensure that the Kindle Fire 2nd generation can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) double check your device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to avoid the device from over-heating whilst powering it.

The following page shows how to connect the Welsh power outlet to your Kindle Fire HD 7" Second Generation and this page refers to the Kindle Fire 2nd generation. Please ensure these instructions relate to your Kindle Fireby visiting the Amazon page to see the full product range of the latest Amazon Kindle Fire tablets. You can identify the Kindle Fire 2nd generation by the power and volume buttons on the sides and the Kindle logo on the rear of the tablet. This guide assumes you have installed version 10.5.1 firmware or greater for the Kindle Fire 2nd generation, but if not please visit Amazon for the most recent Kindle software update to make sure you have the most up-to-date features for your Kindle. For more information visit Amazon for the Kindle Fire 2nd generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire 2nd generation user guide.

Charging a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in Wales

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

You can connect a Kindle Fire 2nd generation to a Welsh power outlet by using a power convertor.

What is the best travel charger for a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in Wales?

If travelling with more than your Kindle Fire 2nd generation then the best international travel power adapter for Wales to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [7]. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by changing the supplied heads over. If your Kindle Fire 2nd generation is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power demanding devices. Unlike other chargers having a four port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring multiple travel adapters. Because you are only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage. Due to 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 sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers without needing an additional power outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend searching for a multipurpose power charger similar to this at an electronics retailer. The travel adapter illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [7] which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Wales

The 4 port USB travel charger [7] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters 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. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Wales 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 compact option for travellers originating from North America going to Wales using 3 pinned type B American 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 and gives practically the same functionality 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Wales.
What is the best travel charger for a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in Wales?

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

Using micro USB type B cable with a Type G power charger to power your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a Welsh power outlet.

  1. To supply power to your Kindle Fire 2nd generation using the Welsh 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. Start the process by taking the Type G USB power adapter and plugging it into the Welsh power outlet. The plug outlet (sometimes called a Type G power outlet [3]) looks like three vertical rectangular holes with plastic shutters forming a triangular shape.
  3. Plug in 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 2nd generation. On the side of your 7 inch Kindle situated next to the HDMI jack you will find the USB port.
  4. Switch on the Welsh power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which appears at the top corner of the Kindle Fire 2nd generation screen will show a lightning icon which indicates that your tablet is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire 2nd generation takes around less than 5 hours to completely charge however this may be longer depending on the strength of the power supply and if you are using the tablet during recharging. Typically the tablet battery life is roughly 8 - 9 hours depending on use. 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 recharging your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a Welsh power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom - Wikipedia entry about Wales
  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