How to charge a Kindle Fire when visiting The Philippines

A guide showing how to power a Kindle Fire with a Filipino power outlet with Type B Micro USB connector with a three pin Type B USB charger, how to charge a Kindle Fire using a Type A power adapter and how to recharge a Kindle Fire using a Type C USB charger

Filipino power outlet

If packing for a vacation to The Philippines it is useful to know in advance if you'll be able to power any indispensable devices like mobiles and tablets when you get there. By not knowing which power socket is being used you are more likely to bring the wrong charger, therefore leaving you needing to purchase a suitable power adaptor when you need it. Complicated standards and voltages can often be daunting when planning to travel to another country especially to the first time traveller. This page has step by step instructions showing you exactly what you'll need to supply power to the Kindle Fire when visiting The Philippines using their standard types C, A or B 220 volt 60Hz power outlets, most Filipinos will use the Type C plugs in their power outlets. When you are travelling to The Philippines from another country check the Kindle Fire can be charged using a 240v supply. If your Kindle Fire originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) double check the Kindle Fire is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to stop the device from overloading during charging.

These instructions show how to connect the Filipino power outlet to your Kindle tablet. This guide assumes that you are using the most recent version of the firmware for the Kindle Fire, but if you don't visit Amazon for the latest Kindle Fire OS update which ensures you have the most up to date fixes for your Kindle. Visit Amazon for the Kindle Fire device support [2] for more information.

Charging a Kindle Fire in The Philippines

Can the Kindle Fire be used in The Philippines?

Yes, you can use a Kindle Fire in The Philippines.

What is the best travel adapter for a Kindle Fire in The Philippines?

If you are travelling to more than one country then the best international travel charger for The Philippines to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Filipinas use three different standards of power outlets (C, A and B) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for both types A and C.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied plugs. If your model of Kindle Fire is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times by using one of these types of power adapters, plus compatibility with more power demanding devices.

This will allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to bring multiple power chargers. By only packing a single international travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage and convenient for charging your Kindle Fire at an airport or on the flight. Because of their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when you return home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones, tablets and e-readers without using up an additional wall outlet.

We suggest searching for this type of versatile power charger at your preferred electronics retailer - the power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for The Philippines

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 wanting 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 regions with unstable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 North America going to The Philippines using type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting The Philippines. [10] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for a Kindle Fire in The Philippines?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire from a Filipino power outlet

Instructions showing how to power your Kindle Fire with a Filipino power outlet with Type B USB micro connector with a Type A USB adapter.

  1. In order to charge a Kindle Fire using the Filipino power outlet you'll need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Firstly plug in the Type A USB power adapter into the Filipino power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the 2 thin slots adjacent to each other where the twin plug outlet blades sit. Please note power cables used with type A sockets which are rated at 125 V should not be used in The Philippines so we suggest checking prior to continuing.
  3. Connect one end of the USB micro Type B connector into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the USB charging port on a Kindle Fire.
  4. Switch on the Filipino power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found at the top corner of the tablet will show a lightning icon to indicate that the tablet is charging.
  6. It takes between approximately 4 hours to 12 hours to fully charge, but this may be longer depending on the model of Kindle Fire you have, the strength of the power and if you are using the Kindle during the recharging cycle. For further information on charging please read the Kindle Fire device support [2] for more details on battery life and the charging process.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire from a Filipino power outlet

Powering a Kindle Fire with a Filipino power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

A guide showing how to power a Kindle Fire with a Filipino power outlet with Type B Micro USB connector with a three pin Type B USB charger.

  1. To power the Kindle Fire from a Filipino power outlet you will need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Begin by plugging the Type B USB power adapter in the Filipino power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by two slots with a single hole below for the earthed pin. Be aware power cords used with type B sockets which are rated at less that 240 V shouldn't be used in The Philippines so we suggest checking prior to proceeding.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB micro type B cord into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the USB charging port on a Kindle Fire.
  4. Switch on the Filipino power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found at the top corner of the Kindle will display a charging icon to indicate that your tablet is charging.
  6. It will take between approximately 4 hours to 12 hours to completely charge, but this may be longer depending on the model of Kindle you have, the strength of the power charger and if you are using the Kindle during recharging. For further information on charging please read the Kindle Fire device support [2] for more details on battery life.
Powering a Kindle Fire with a Filipino power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Powering a Kindle Fire with a Filipino power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Instructions on how to charge your Kindle Fire from a Filipino power outlet by using USB micro Type B connector and a Type C USB adapter.

  1. If you want to supply power to your Kindle Fire from a Filipino power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [9] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Start by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it in the power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the 2 circular adjacent holes for live and neutral pins.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the mains USB charger and the other end into the USB charging port on a Kindle Fire.
  4. Switch on the Filipino power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which is found in the top corner of the Fire display will show a lightning bolt icon which indicates that the device is charging.
  6. It takes between roughly 4 hours to 12 hours to fully charge but this is likely to be longer depending on the type of Kindle tablet you are using, the charger strength and if you are using the device during the recharging process. For further information please read the Kindle Fire device support [2] for more details on the recharging procedure and battery life.
Powering a Kindle Fire with a Filipino power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Filipino page on Wikipedia.org
  2. Amazon - Kindle Fire device support
  3. iec.ch - Type A power outlet
  4. Type A USB power adapter - An unearthed Type A USB charger has 2 parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes near the tip of each blade, estimated price around $5 USD (£1-£2 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  5. 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 (£5-£10 GBP / under C$10).
  6. iec.ch - Type B power outlet
  7. Type B USB power adapter - 3 pinned Type B USB chargers have a single unearthed round pin along with 2 shorter parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes in the end of each blade, estimated cost between $5 to $10 USD (around £15 GBP / under C$25).
  8. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  9. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, costing around $10 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  10. 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 (under £15 GBP / under C$20).