Charging a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation from a power outlet in South Africa

The WikiConnections guide showing how to recharge a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation from a South African power outlet using Type B USB micro connector with a three pin Schuko Type F power adapter, charging a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation using a double pin Europlug Type C power adapter and how to power a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation using a Type M power adapter

South African power outlet

If you are planning to travel it's helpful to know in advance if you'll be able to use any vital devices like mobiles and cameras that you'll be bringing with you. Without knowing which power supply is being used in South Africa you are more likely to bring the wrong adaptor, leaving you having to buy or borrow a potentially overpriced charger on arrival. Complicated frequencies and standards can all be daunting when planning on staying in a different country, especially to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what to purchase in advance to charge the Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation in South Africa. These instructions have been written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge your Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation when you're in staying in South Africa.This step by step guide will show you exactly what you'll need to supply power to the Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation when going to South Africa by using their types M, C, F or N 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, most South Africans will use Type M plugs in their power outlets. If travelling to South Africa from a different country ensure that your Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts check your Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to stop the device from being damaged whilst powering it.

The following guide shows you how to connect the South African power outlet to the Second Generation Kindle Fire and refers to the Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation. Visit the Amazon page for the full series of the latest Amazon Kindle Fire, Fire HD and Fire HDX models. You can identify the Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation by a front facing camera, the volume and power buttons on the sides and the Kindle logo on the back. These instructions assume you are using operating system version 7.5.1 or greater for the Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation, however if you don't visit Amazon for the latest Kindle software update to ensure you have the latest fixes for your Kindle. Visit Amazon for the Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation PDF guide for more information.

Charging a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation in South Africa

Can you use a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation in South Africa?

You can connect a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation to a South African power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best travel charger for a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation in South Africa?

When travelling to multiple countries or bringing more than just your Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation the best international travel charger for South Africa to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [13]. South Africans use four different types of power outlets (M, C, F and N) and using a power adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by switching the supplied plugs. If your model of Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times with one of these USB travel chargers, along with support for more power demanding devices.

Having a 4 port adapter means you can power more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack multiple travel chargers or occupying additional wall sockets. Only needing to bring a single travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage and suitable for charging your Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation at an airport or on the flight. Because of their versatility these types of power adapters can be used back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple phones, tablets and e-readers with just a single plug socket.

If you travel to South Africa we recommend buying this type of flexible travel charger at your preferred electronics retailer - the power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [13] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with perfect reliably.

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 charge devices using USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which is necessary for visitors of regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both South Africa 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 most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting South Africa.
  • 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 originating from the US using type B plugs and is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a flexible 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 majority of travellers from around the world visiting South Africa.
What is the best travel charger for a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation in South Africa?

Powering a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation with a South African power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Using USB type B cable and a Type C USB charger to power a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation with a South African power outlet.

  1. To power the Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation using a South African power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it into the South African power outlet. You can recognise this power outlet by two round adjacent holes for live and neutral.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the USB adapter and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation. You will find the USB port on the side of the Second Generation Kindle Fire found to the right of the HDMI jack.
  4. Turn on the South African power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which is found in the top corner of the 7 inch Kindle screen will show a lightning icon to indicate that the tablet is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation takes approximately around 5 hours to completely recharge but this is likely to be longer if you are using the device during charging. The 7 inch Kindle battery life should last roughly 7 - 10 hours. For further information please read the Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation charging support page [4] for more details on the charging procedure.
Powering a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation with a South African power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation from a South African power outlet

The WikiConnections guide showing how to recharge a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation from a South African power outlet using Type B USB micro connector with a three pin Schuko Type F power adapter.

  1. If you want to charge a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation using the South African power outlet you will need a Type F USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type F USB power adapter into the power supply. This recessed round wall outlet can be recognised by the two 4.8mm adjacent holes where the twin pins go along with a pair of metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Then connect the USB 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 7 2nd generation. On the side of the Kindle tablet situated to the right of the HDMI connector you'll find the USB port.
  4. Switch on the South African power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found at the top corner of the Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation will display a charge icon which indicates that your device is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation takes under 5 hours to fully charge, however this may take longer depending on the power strength and if you are using the tablet during the recharging cycle. Typically the battery life on your Kindle tablet is roughly 7 to 10 hours depending on how you use the tablet. Please read the Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation charging support page [4] for more details on the recharging process.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation from a South African power outlet

How to use a Type M power charger for charging your Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation from a South African power outlet

A step by step guide showing how to power your Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation with a South African power outlet with USB Type B connector and a Type M USB adapter.

  1. In order to power a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation from the South African power outlet you will need to buy a Type M USB power adapter [10] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Firstly plug the Type M USB power adapter in the power supply. You can recognise the wall supply by the 3 large circular holes in a triangular shape for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB Type B cord into the bottom of the power adapter and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation. At the side of the Kindle tablet located next to the HDMI output you can find the USB port.
  4. Turn on the South African power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which appears in the top corner of the Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation display will show a lightning bolt icon to indicate that the tablet is charging.
  6. The takes approximately less than 5 hours to completely recharge to 100 percent capacity however this is likely to be longer if you are using the device during recharging. The 7 inch Kindle Fire HD battery life should last around 7 - 10 hours. For more information please read the Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery life.
How to use a Type M power charger for charging your Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation from a South African power outlet

Charging a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation from a South African power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type N USB adapter

Using USB Type B cord and a Type N USB adapter to power a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation with a South African power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to your Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation from 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. Begin by plugging the Type N USB power adapter into the power outlet. You can identify the squashed hexagon shaped power outlet by three holes forming a flattened triangle pattern for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Type B USB cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation. On the side of the 7" Kindle Fire HD found to the right of the HDMI jack you'll find the USB port.
  4. Switch on the South African power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears at the top corner of the Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation screen will display a charge icon which indicates that the device is charging.
  6. The 7 inch Kindle takes under 5 hours to completely charge to full capacity, however this may take longer depending on the power strength and if you are using the tablet whilst recharging. Typically the battery life on your is approximately 7 to 10 hours depending on use. Please read the Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery times and the charging procedure.
Charging a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation from 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 Wikipedia web 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=200939330&linkId=2Y75DDOG5AGHRIB2 - Kindle Fire HD 7 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 HD 7 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. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters