How to charge a Kindle Fire 2nd generation when planning a trip to South Africa

Using micro USB Type B connector and a three pinned Europlug Type C power charger to recharge a Kindle Fire 2nd generation with a South African power outlet, how to charge a Kindle Fire 2nd generation using a double pinned Schuko Type F power plug and recharging a Kindle Fire 2nd generation using a Type M power plug

South African power outlet

When planning a vacation to South Africa it can often be useful to know in advance if you'll be able to use your electronics like cell phones and laptops when you get there. But, without knowing which power socket is used you could end up either weighing your suitcases down with unnecessary spare adaptors or bring the wrong adaptor, therefore leaving you needing to purchase a suitable charger on arrival which might be incompatible. Varying different combinations of standards and plugs can often cause confusion when planning on travelling to a different country especially if you've never been there before. These instructions have been written to prevent you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge your Kindle Fire 2nd generation abroad.The following simple guide shows exactly how to charge your Kindle Fire 2nd generation when you're travelling to South Africa using their standard types M, C, F or N South African 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, Type M wall outlets will be normally used by most South Africans. Most power sockets differ from country to country therefore please read our Wikiconnections world power supplies list where you'll find a complete list showing charging devices in different destinations. When you are visiting South Africa from a different country please ensure that the Kindle Fire 2nd generation can be used with a 240v supply. If your Kindle Fire 2nd generation originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v check your Kindle Fire 2nd generation is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged during charging.

This list of instructions shows how to connect the South African power outlet to your 7" Kindle and this page refers to the Kindle Fire 2nd generationfrom the Kindle Fire series. Visit the Amazon page on WikiConnections to see the full list of the latest Amazon Kindle Fire tablets. You can recognise this version of the Kindle tablet by the power and volume buttons on the sides and a Kindle logo on the back. These instructions assume you have installed operating system version 10.5.1 or greater for the Kindle Fire 2nd generation, but if not we suggest installing the latest Kindle software update which ensures you have the most up to date features for your device. Go to Amazon for the Kindle Fire 2nd generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire 2nd generation instruction guide for more information.

Charging a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in South Africa

Can you use a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in South Africa?

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

What is the best travel adapter for a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in South Africa?

If travelling to more than one country the best international travel power adapter for South Africa is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [13]. South Africans use four different standards of wall outlets (M, C, F and N) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the plugs over. If your model of Kindle Fire 2nd generation supports Fast Charge (note not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of power chargers, along with additional support for certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port charger will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple travel chargers for your trip or using up additional wall sockets. By only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage as well as being suitable for recharging your Kindle Fire 2nd generation at the airport or on a plane. Because of their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers and using just a single plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we suggest buying this type of versatile travel adapter at your preferred electronics retailer; the multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [13] which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for South Africa

The 4 port USB travel charger [13] 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 wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from America going to South Africa.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise 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. This offers almost the same functionality as 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 perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting South Africa.
What is the best travel adapter for a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in South Africa?

Charging a Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a South African power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Using micro USB Type B connector and a three pinned Europlug Type C power charger to recharge a Kindle Fire 2nd generation with a South African power outlet.

  1. To supply power to your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from the South African 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 the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter in the power supply. You can identify this plug outlet by the 2 round holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the mains power charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire 2nd generation. You will find the USB port on the side of your 7" Kindle found to the right of the HDMI socket.
  4. Switch on the South African power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which appears in the top corner of the Kindle tablet display will show a charge icon which indicates that your tablet is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire 2nd generation takes around 5 hours to fully recharge, but this is likely to be longer depending on the power strength and if you are using the tablet whilst charging. Typically the Kindle battery life lasts approximately 8 to 9 hours. For further information on charging please read the Kindle Fire 2nd generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery times.
Charging a Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a South African power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a South African power outlet

The Wiki Connections guide on how to recharge a Kindle Fire 2nd generation with a South African power outlet with type B Micro USB cord with a Type F power adapter.

  1. If you want to charge the Kindle Fire 2nd generation using a South African power outlet you will need to use a Type F USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Firstly insert the Type F USB power adapter into the South African power outlet. The sunken round wall supply can be identified by the two large round adjacent holes along with a pair of two grounding clips above and below.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the micro USB Type B cord into the bottom of the mains USB charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire 2nd generation. You'll find the USB port at the side of your Kindle tablet situated next to the HDMI connector.
  4. Turn on the South African power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which appears at the top corner of the Kindle Fire 2nd generation display will display a charge icon to indicate that your tablet is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire 2nd generation takes around around 5 hours to completely charge but this is likely to take longer if you are using the tablet during recharging. Typically the Kindle Fire 2nd generation battery life is around 8 to 9 hours. Please read the Kindle Fire 2nd generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery life and the recharging process.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a South African power outlet

Charging a Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a South African power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

Using type B Micro USB cord and a Type M power charger to recharge a Kindle Fire 2nd generation with a South African power outlet.

  1. In order to charge your Kindle Fire 2nd generation using a South African power outlet you'll need to use a Type M USB power adapter [10] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. First plug the Type M USB power adapter in the South African power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by 3 large round holes forming a triangle configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the mains power charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire 2nd generation. You will find the USB port on the side of your 7" Kindle situated to the right of the HDMI socket.
  4. Switch on the South African power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which appears in the top corner of the Kindle Fire HD7 Second Generation display will display a charge icon which indicates that your tablet is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire 2nd generation takes around 5 hours to completely recharge, but this is likely to be longer depending on the power strength and if you are using the tablet whilst charging. Typically the Kindle tablet battery life lasts approximately 8 to 9 hours. For further information please read the Kindle Fire 2nd generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery times.
Charging a Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a South African power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

Powering a Kindle Fire 2nd generation with a South African power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type N USB adapter

Using type B Micro USB cord with a Type N power charger to charge a Kindle Fire 2nd generation with a South African power outlet.

  1. In order to power a Kindle Fire 2nd generation using the South African power outlet you'll need to buy a Type N USB power adapter [12] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Insert the Type N USB power adapter in the South African power outlet. You can recognise the hexagon shaped power outlet by the 3 round holes forming a flattened triangle configuration for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the mains power charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire 2nd generation. You will find the USB port on the side of your 7" Kindle found to the right of the HDMI socket.
  4. Switch on the South African power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which appears in the top corner of the Kindle tablet display will show a charge icon which indicates that your tablet is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire 2nd generation takes around 5 hours to fully recharge, but this is likely to be longer depending on the strength of the power and if you are using the tablet whilst charging. Typically the Kindle battery life lasts approximately 8 to 9 hours. For further information on charging please read the Kindle Fire 2nd generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery times.
Powering a Kindle Fire 2nd generation with a South African power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type N USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Africa - South African country Wikipedia page
  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&linkId=EHVRDTACVKWJ25RH - Kindle Fire 2nd generation instruction manual
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C 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 C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet
  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. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  8. Type F USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type F mains power outlet
  9. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeM.htm - Type M power outlet
  10. Type M USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type M mains power outlet
  11. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeN.htm - Type N power outlet
  12. Type N USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type N mains power outlet
  13. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters