Charging a Kindle Fire 1st generation when visiting Burkina Faso

A guide showing you how to recharge your Kindle Fire 1st generation with a Burkinabe power outlet by using USB micro Type B cable and a three pin Europlug Type C power charger and recharging a Kindle Fire 1st generation using a Type E power adapter.

Burkinabe power outlet

Complicated combinations of standards and plugs can all be daunting when planning to travel to another country, especially to the first time traveller. The following step-by-step guide will show you exactly how to charge your Kindle Fire 1st generation when you are in Burkina Faso using their standard types E or C 220 volt 50Hz power outlets. When travelling to Burkina Faso from another region check that the Kindle Fire 1st generation can be charged using a 240v supply. If your Kindle Fire 1st generation originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v check the Kindle Fire 1st generation is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from overheating when charging it.

These instructions show you how to connect the Burkinabe power outlet to your tablet and this page refers to the Kindle Fire 1st generation. Please visit the Amazon page on WikiConnections where you'll find the full product range of Amazon Kindle Fire, Fire HD and Fire HDX models. This make of Kindle tablet is recognised by the power button on the bottom and the Kindle logo on the back. These instructions assume that you have installed version 6.3.4 or greater of Fire OS for the Kindle Fire 1st generation, however if you don't visit Amazon for the most recent Kindle Fire 1st generation firmware update which makes sure you have the most up to date fixes for your tablet. Visit the support site at Amazon.com for the Kindle Fire 1st generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire 1st generation guide for further information.

Charging a Kindle Fire 1st generation in Burkina Faso

Can you use a Kindle Fire 1st generation in Burkina Faso?

Yes, you can connect a Kindle Fire 1st generation to a Burkinabe power outlet.

What is the best power adapter for recharging a Kindle Fire 1st generation in Burkina Faso?

If travelling with more than just your Kindle Fire 1st generation then the best travel adapter for Burkina Faso to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Burkinabe use two different standards of plug sockets (types E and C) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by switching the included heads over. If your Kindle Fire 1st generation can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of power adapters, plus compatibility with more power demanding devices.

Unlike other travel adapters this means you can power more than one device at the same time without needing to buy seperate power adapters on your Burkinabe trip or occupying additional wall sockets. By only packing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage as well as being convenient for recharging your Kindle Fire 1st generation at the airport or on a plane. Due to their versatility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers and using only a single power outlet.

If you travel to Burkina Faso we recommend buying this type of flexible travel adapter at an electronics retailer, the power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Burkina Faso

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the Kindle Fire 1st 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 travellers to regions with unreliable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Burkina Faso and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Burkina Faso.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for almost half 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 ideal for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Burkina Faso. [9] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for recharging a Kindle Fire 1st generation in Burkina Faso?

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

A guide showing you how to recharge your Kindle Fire 1st generation with a Burkinabe power outlet by using USB micro Type B cable and a three pin Europlug Type C power charger.

  1. If you want to charge your Kindle Fire 1st generation using a Burkinabe power outlet you'll need to use 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 power supply. You can recognise this wall outlet by the 2 round holes adjacent to each other where the two pins go.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB micro Type B cable into the mains USB adapter and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire 1st generation. You'll find the USB port on the foot of the first gen Kindle Fire found between the headphone socket and the power button.
  4. Switch on the Burkinabe power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which is found in the top corner of the Kindle screen will show a lightning bolt icon which indicates that the device is charging.
  6. The Kindle takes roughly under 4 hours to fully charge but this is likely to be longer depending on the strength of the power and if you are using the tablet during the recharging process. The battery life on the Kindle Fire 1st generation should last roughly 7 - 8 hours depending on use. Please read the Kindle Fire 1st generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery life.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire 1st generation from a Burkinabe power outlet

Charging a Kindle Fire 1st generation from a Burkinabe power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

Using type B USB cable with a three pin Type E USB charger to power a Kindle Fire 1st generation with a Burkinabe power outlet.

  1. In order to power a Kindle Fire 1st generation using the Burkinabe power outlet you'll need a Type E USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Begin the process by inserting the Type E USB power adapter into the power outlet. The recessed circular wall supply (known as the CEE 7/7 plug) can be identified by two 4.8mm adjacent holes next to each other where the plug outlet pins go plus a metal grounding pin protruding in the top 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 mains adapter and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire 1st generation. On the bottom of the Kindle tablet located between the headphone connector and the power button you can find the USB port.
  4. Turn on the Burkinabe power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears at the top corner of the Kindle Fire 1st generation screen will display a charge icon to indicate that your tablet is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire 1st generation takes around around 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity, however this may be longer if you are using the device during recharging. Typically the Kindle Fire 1st generation battery life is around 7 to 8 hours. For further information on charging please read the Kindle Fire 1st generation charging support page [4] for more details on the recharging procedure and battery life.
Charging a Kindle Fire 1st generation from a Burkinabe power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Burkinabe Wikipedia web page
  2. Amazon - Kindle Fire 1st generation instruction manual
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Amazon - Kindle Fire 1st generation charging support page
  5. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, between $10 to $15 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).
  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, under $10 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$10-C$15).
  7. iec.ch - Type E power outlet
  8. Type E USB power adapter - There are two 4.8mm pins on Type E USB chargers which are placed 19mm apart and may include a hole for an earthing pin, between $10 to $15 USD (under £10 GBP / under C$20).
  9. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costs around $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).