How to charge your Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation from a power outlet in South Africa

A step by step guide showing you how to recharge your Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation from a South African power outlet using USB type B cable with a Type M USB adapter, charging a Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation using a Europlug Type C USB adapter and charging a Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation using a Type F USB adapter

South African power outlet

If you are packing for a vacation to South Africa it's helpful to know in advance if you can power all your common gadgets that you are bringing along with you. Without knowing which wall socket is used in South Africa you are likely to bring the wrong power adaptor, leaving you needing to buy or borrow a potentially expensive power adaptor when you're there. Complicated voltages and standards can all be daunting when planning to travel to a different country, especially if you've never been there before. This guide was written to assist people wanting to charge the Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation when visiting abroad.If you're going to South Africa this page has instructions showing how to charge your Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation using the standard Type M, C, F or N 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, please be aware Type M wall outlets will be normally used by most South Africans. If travelling to South Africa from another region check the Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) ensure that the device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from overheating when charging it. If you're planning on staying somewhere such as Cape Town or Johannesburg we also suggest referring to the South Africa Wikipedia page [1] for further information.

The following list of instructions show how to connect the South African power outlet to your 6" Kindle and this page refers to the Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generationfrom the Kindle Fire product line. Please check these instructions relate to your exact Kindle Fireby visiting the Amazon page on WikiConnections for the full list of Amazon Kindle Fire tablets. This Kindle can be recognised by a front facing VGA camera, a rear facing HD camera, the power and volume buttons on the side and the Amazon logo on the rear. This guide assumes that you are using version 4.5.5 or greater of the Fire OS operating system for the Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation, but if you don't visit Amazon for the most recent Kindle update to ensure you have the most up-to-date fixes for your Kindle Fire. Go to the Amazon.com site for the Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation instruction manual [2] for more information.

Charging a Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation in South Africa

Can the Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation be used in South Africa?

You can use a Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation in South Africa by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best power charger for a Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation in South Africa?

When you are travelling with more than just your Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation then the best international travel charger for South Africa is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [13]. South Africans use four different standards of plug sockets (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 Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your model of Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times with one of these types of USB travel chargers and additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices.

This means you can charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack seperate power adapters or using up additional power outlets. Because you are only needing to bring a single international travel charger will help keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage while travelling and suitable for charging your Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation at an airport or on a plane. Due to their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers and using just a single plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we suggest buying this type of flexible travel adapter online. The multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [13] which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

Alternative travel adapter for South Africa

The 4 port USB travel charger [13] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary for visitors of regions with unstable power grids. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both South Africa 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 best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America going to South Africa using type B American plug sockets.
  • 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 America using type B plugs. This offers the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half the 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 wide range of travellers from around the world visiting South Africa.
What is the best power charger for a Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation in South Africa?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation from a South African power outlet

Learn how to charge a Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation with a South African power outlet with type B Micro USB cord with a Type C power adapter.

  1. To power the Kindle Fire HD 6 4th 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 inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the power supply. This plug outlet is recognised by the 2 adjacent holes.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB type B cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation. You can find the USB port at the top of the tablet located next to the power button.
  4. Turn on the South African power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears at the top corner of the Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation will display a lightning icon to indicate that the device is charging.
  6. The takes roughly under 6 hours to fully recharge to 100 percent capacity, however this may be longer depending on the strength of the power supply and if you are using the device whilst charging. The Forth Generation Kindle Fire battery life is around 7 to 8 hours. Please read the Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation charging support page [4] for more details on the recharging process.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation from a South African power outlet

Powering a Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation with a South African power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Using type B USB connector with a Type F power adapter to charge a Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation from a South African power outlet.

  1. In order to power a Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation using the South African power outlet you'll need to use a Type F USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. First plug the Type F USB power adapter into the South African power outlet. You can recognise the power supply by two large circular adjacent holes for live and neutral and two thin metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation. On the top right of the Forth Generation Kindle Fire found next to the power button you can find the USB port.
  4. Turn on the South African power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found at the top corner of the Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation will show a lightning icon which indicates that the device is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire HD6 Forth Generation takes less than 6 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 Fire HD 6 4th generation battery life is 7 to 8 hours. Please read the Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation charging support page [4] for more details on the charging process and battery times.
Powering a Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation with a South African power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Charging a Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation from a South African power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

A step by step guide showing you how to recharge your Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation from a South African power outlet using USB type B cable with a Type M USB adapter.

  1. In order to charge your Kindle Fire HD 6 4th 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. Start by taking the Type M USB power adapter and inserting it into the South African power outlet. The plug supply (technically known as a Type M power outlet [9]) can be identified by the three holes in a triangular pattern.
  3. Connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation. On the top of the Kindle Fire HD6 Forth Generation located next to the power button you can find the USB port.
  4. Turn on the South African power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found at the top corner of the Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation will show a lightning icon which indicates that the device is charging.
  6. The Kindle tablet takes less than 6 hours to fully recharge to full capacity, but this may be longer depending on the strength of the power and if you are using the tablet whilst charging. Typically the Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation battery life is roughly 7 to 8 hours. Please read the Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation charging support page [4] for more details on the charging process and battery times.
Charging a Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation from a South African power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

How to use a Type N power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation from a South African power outlet

Using type B USB connector with a Type N power adapter to charge a Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation from a South African power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation using a South African power outlet you will need to use a Type N USB power adapter [12] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type N USB power adapter into the wall outlet. You can identify this squashed hexagon shaped plug outlet by 3 large round holes in a triangle shape.
  3. Plug in 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 HD 6 4th generation. On the top right of your 6" Kindle situated next to the power button you will find the USB port.
  4. Switch on the South African power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found in the top corner of the screen will show a charging icon which indicates that your tablet is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation takes roughly around 6 hours to completely recharge but this is likely to take longer if you are using the tablet during the charging cycle. Typically the battery life on the Fire lasts 7 - 8 hours depending on use. For more information on charging the tablet please read the Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery times.
How to use a Type N power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation from a South African power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Africa - South Africa 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=201596990&linkId=WFISVHSRCRSZTJA4 - Kindle Fire HD 6 4th 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 HD 6 4th 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