How to charge a Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation when visiting South Africa

A guide showing you how to recharge your Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation with a South African power outlet with USB micro type B connector and a Type C USB adapter, powering a Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation using a double pin Schuko Type F power charger and charging a Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation using a three pin Type M USB charger

South African power outlet

Different combinations of voltages and standards can all be confusing when planning on travelling to a new country if you've never been there before. This page has been specifically written to prevent people needing to worry if they can charge their Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation when they are staying in South Africa.If you are going to South Africa the following instructions show how to power the Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation using the standard M, C, F or N type 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, please be aware that Type M power outlets are typically used by a majority of South Africans. When visiting South Africa from another country check the Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation can be charged using a 240v supply. If your Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v check the Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overheating whilst powering it up.

The following instructions show how to connect the South African power outlet to the 7" Kindle Fire and refers to the Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation. Please ensure these instructions relate to your exact Kindle Fire modelby visiting the Amazon page on WikiConnections where you'll see the full range of the latest Amazon Kindle Fire, Fire HD and Fire HDX models. You can identify this particular make of Kindle Fire by a front facing VGA camera, a rear facing HD camera, the power and volume buttons on the side and an Amazon logo on the back of the tablet. This page assumes you are using Fire operating system version 4.5.5 or greater for the Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation, but if not we suggest installing the most recent Kindle update to ensure you have the latest features for your tablet. For more information visit the support site at Amazon.com for the Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation instruction manual [2] .

Charging a Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation in South Africa

Can the Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation be used in South Africa?

Yes, you can use a Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation in South Africa.

What is the best power charger for recharging a Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation in South Africa?

When travelling with more than your Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation then the best travel adapter for South Africa to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are four types of power outlets in South Africa (types M, C, F and N) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the heads over. If your Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these travel adapters plus additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

This will allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple power chargers. By only bringing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of adapters can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple phones and tablets using just a single plug socket.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible power adapter at an electronics retailer, the power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for South Africa

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge 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 converters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unstable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both South Africa and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 compact power adapter for travellers originating from America going to South Africa using type B 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 originating from the US using type B plugs and offers almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a generous 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. [13] [AD]
What is the best power charger for recharging a Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation in South Africa?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation from a South African power outlet

Using type B USB cable with a three pin Europlug Type C power charger to charge a Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation from a South African power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge your Kindle Fire HD 7 4th 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 by plugging the Type C USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the 2 round holes adjacent to each other where the two plug outlet pins go.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation. You will find the USB port at the top right of your Forth Generation Kindle Fire situated next to the power button.
  4. Turn on the South African power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which appears in the top corner of the Forth Generation Kindle Fire HD display will show a lightning bolt icon which indicates that the device is charging.
  6. The tablet takes approximately less than 6 hours to completely charge, but this may be longer if you are using the device during recharging. Typically the battery life on your Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation should last roughly 8 - 11 hours. For more information please read the Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation charging support page [4] for more details on the recharging procedure and battery life.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation from a South African power outlet

Powering a Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation with a South African power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Using type B Micro USB connector with a three pin Type F Schuko power charger to recharge a Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation from a South African power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to your Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation from a South African power outlet you will need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type F USB power adapter in the power supply. You can recognise this wall outlet by the two circular holes 19 mm adjacent to each other and two thin grounding clips above and below.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB micro type B cord into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation. At the top right of your 7" Kindle 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 appears at the top corner of the Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation display will display a charging icon which indicates that the device is charging.
  6. The Kindle takes around under 6 hours to completely charge, but this may be longer if you are using the device during recharging. Typically the 7" Kindle Fire battery life should last approximately 8 - 11 hours depending on use. Please read the Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation charging support page [4] for more details on the recharging process.
Powering a Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation with a South African power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Powering a Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation with a South African power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

Using micro USB Type B cable and a three pinned Type M power charger to charge a Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation from a South African power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to a Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation from the South African power outlet you will need a Type M USB power adapter [10] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. First plug in the Type M USB power adapter into the South African power outlet. This wall outlet (technically known as a Type M power outlet [9]) looks like three circular holes forming a triangular configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation. You'll find the USB port at the top right of your 7" Kindle found next to the power button.
  4. Switch on the South African power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which is found in the top corner of the Fire screen will show a lightning icon to indicate that the tablet is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation takes approximately less than 6 hours to completely recharge to full capacity, however this may take longer if you are using the tablet during charging. The battery life on your Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation should last 8 - 11 hours. For more information please read the Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation charging support page [4] for more details on the recharging procedure and battery life.
Powering a Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation with a South African power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

How to use a Type N power charger for charging your Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation from a South African power outlet

Using USB micro Type B connector and a three pinned Type N power charger to charge a Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation from a South African power outlet.

  1. In order to power a Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation using the South African power outlet you'll need 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 into the South African power outlet. This hexagon shaped plug supply, sometimes known as the Type N power outlet [11], can be identified by three holes forming a flattened triangle configuration.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the USB adapter and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation. You'll find the USB port on the top right of the 7" Kindle Fire located next to the power button.
  4. Switch on the South African power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which is found in the top corner of the tablet will show a lightning icon to indicate that the tablet is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation takes around around 6 hours to completely recharge to full capacity, however this may take longer if you are using the tablet during charging. The battery life on your Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation lasts 8 to 11 hours. For further information on charging please read the Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery life and the charging process.
How to use a Type N power charger for charging your Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation from a South African power outlet

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org entry about South Africa
  2. Amazon - Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation instruction manual
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Amazon - Kindle Fire HD 7 4th 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, around $10 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, priced at between $5 to $10 USD (£5-£10 GBP / around C$10).
  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, priced at between $10 to $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / under C$20).
  9. iec.ch - Type M power outlet
  10. Type M USB power adapter - South African Type M USB chargers have three large circular pins in a triangular shape with the top earthed pin longer and larger in diameter, costs between $10 to $15 USD (£5-£10 GBP / around C$15).
  11. iec.ch - Type N power outlet
  12. Type N USB power adapter - The three 4mm rounded pins on a grounded Brazilian Type N USB charger form a flattened triangular pattern, under $15 USD (£35-£40 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  13. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, between $15 to $20 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).