How to charge the Kindle Fire 1st generation when staying in Sao Tome

A page on how to power your Kindle Fire 1st generation from a Sao Tome power outlet with micro USB type B connector with a 3 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter and recharging a Kindle Fire 1st generation using a two pin Schuko Type F USB charger.

Sao Tome power outlet

Various region codes and plugs can often be confusing when planning to travel to a different country if you've never visited before. This page has been specifically written to stop you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge your Kindle Fire 1st generation when you're travelling abroad.When visiting Sao Tome the following instructions show charging your Kindle Fire 1st generation using their F or C type 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets. If visiting Sao Tome from another region make sure that your Kindle Fire 1st 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 (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to stop the device from overheating when charging it.

This guide shows you how to connect the Sao Tome power outlet to the Kindle original and this page refers to the Kindle Fire 1st generation not other tablets in the Kindle Fire range. Please visit the Amazon page on WikiConnections for the full product range of the latest Amazon Kindle Fire tablets. You can identify this particular model of the Kindle Fire by the power button on the bottom and a Kindle logo on the back. This guide assumes you have installed firmware version 6.3.4 or greater for the Kindle Fire 1st generation, if you don't we suggest installing the latest Kindle Fire 1st generation update which ensures you have the most up-to-date features for your Kindle. For more information visit the Amazon site for the Kindle Fire 1st generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire 1st generation user guide.

Charging a Kindle Fire 1st generation in Sao Tome

Can the Kindle Fire 1st generation be used in Sao Tome?

You can connect a Kindle Fire 1st generation to a Sao Tome power outlet.

Sao Tome

What is the best power charger for a Kindle Fire 1st generation in Sao Tome?

When you are travelling with more than just your Kindle Fire 1st generation or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for Sao Tome to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different standards of power outlets in Sao Tome (types F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world simply by switching the included plugs. If your Kindle Fire 1st generation is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these power chargers plus support for certain power demanding devices. Having a four port charger means you can charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy individual travel adapters on your trip to Sao Tome or occupying additional power outlets. By only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling and suitable for recharging your Kindle Fire 1st generation at the airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel chargers can be used back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers with only a single plug socket.

We suggest buying an adaptable power charger similar to this at an electronics retailer. The power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Sao Tome

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, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters 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 to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 Sao Tome 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 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 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 Sao Tome. [9]
What is the best power charger for a Kindle Fire 1st generation in Sao Tome?

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your Kindle Fire 1st generation from a Sao Tome power outlet

Instructions showing how to recharge your Kindle Fire 1st generation from a Sao Tome power outlet with type B USB cord and a Type C power charger.

  1. If you want to power your Kindle Fire 1st generation using a Sao Tome power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Begin by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This wall supply (called a Europlug or Type C power outlet [3]) can be recognised by the two circular holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Then connect one 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 foot of your tablet located between the power button and the headphone socket you can find the USB port.
  4. Switch on the Sao Tome power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which appears at the top corner of the Kindle Fire 1st generation screen will display a charging icon which indicates that your tablet is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire 1st generation takes around under 4 hours to fully recharge 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. Typically the battery life on the Kindle Fire 1st generation lasts 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 Europlug Type C power charger for charging your Kindle Fire 1st generation from a Sao Tome power outlet

How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your Kindle Fire 1st generation from a Sao Tome power outlet

Using Type B Micro USB connector and a Type F power charger to power your Kindle Fire 1st generation from a Sao Tome power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your Kindle Fire 1st generation using a Sao Tome power outlet you'll need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Start the process by taking the Type F USB power adapter and plugging it into the Sao Tome power outlet. You can identify this power supply by two adjacent holes and grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the type B micro USB connector into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire 1st generation. You'll find the USB port at the bottom of the first generation Kindle Fire situated between the headphone output and the power button.
  4. Turn on the Sao Tome power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found in the top corner of the Kindle Fire 1st generation screen will display a charging icon which indicates that your tablet is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire 1st generation takes around 4 hours to completely charge however this may be longer if you are using the device during the charging cycle. The battery life on your Fire lasts around 7 to 8 hours depending on use. For further information on charging the Kindle Fire 1st generation please read the Kindle Fire 1st generation charging support page [4] for more details on the recharging process and battery times.
How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your Kindle Fire 1st generation from a Sao Tome power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Sao Tome Wikipedia 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, costing under $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-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, costs between $5 to $10 USD (around £5 GBP / under C$15).
  7. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  8. Type F USB power adapter - Type F USB chargers are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, between $10 to $15 USD (around £15 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, priced at between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).