How to charge your Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation from a power outlet in Japan

A step-by-step guide showing how to recharge your Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation from a Japanese power outlet with USB Micro type B cord and a three pin Type A USB adapter and powering a Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation using a 3 pinned Type B power plug.

Japanese power outlet

Various combinations of voltages and region codes can all cause confusion when planning on travelling to a different country for the first time traveller. The following step by step instructions shows you what you'll need to supply power to your Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation when visiting Japan by using the B or A type 100 volt 60Hz plug outlets, most Japanese use Type B wall outlets. If the Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation doesn't power up or recharges slowly when visiting Japan from another country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally devices which come from another country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) either take longer to charge or won't power up, so check that your device is dual-voltage (you'll find these are normally marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to ensure proper use.

This guide shows you how to connect the Japanese power outlet to the Forth Generation Kindle Fire HD 7" and this page refers to the Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation. Visit the Amazon page where you'll find the full range of the latest Amazon Kindle Fire models. You can recognise the Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation 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. These instructions assume that you are using version 4.5.5 or greater of the operating system for the Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation, however if not we suggest installing the most recent Kindle software update which ensures you have the latest set of features for your Kindle. For more information go to the Amazon.com support site for the Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation instruction manual [2] .

Charging a Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation in Japan

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

You can connect a Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation to a Japanese power outlet.

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

If you are travelling with more than just your Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation the best travel charger for Japan to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [9]. Japanese use two different standards of wall outlets (B and A) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your type of Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these power chargers, along with additional support for certain power demanding devices.

Unlike other travel adapters having a 4 port charger means you can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple travel adapters for your Japanese trip. Because you are only needing a single international USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage. Due to their versatility these types of power chargers can be used back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets with only a single wall outlet.

We suggest buying a versatile travel charger similar to this online, the power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [9] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Japan

The 4 port USB travel charger [9] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Japan 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 most popular portable power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Japan.
  • 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 and gives the same set of features as the BESTEK with one 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Japan.
What is the best power charger for a Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation in Japan?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation from a Japanese power outlet

Using micro USB Type B cable with a Type A power adapter to charge a Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation with a Japanese power outlet.

  1. To supply power to your Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation from the Japanese power outlet you'll need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Begin by taking the Type A USB power adapter and inserting it into the power supply. This wall outlet (sometimes called a Type A power outlet [3]) is recognised by the two thin slots next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the power adapter and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation. You will find the USB port on the top right of your tablet located next to the power button.
  4. Switch on the Japanese power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which appears at the top corner of the tablet screen will show a charge icon which indicates that your tablet is charging.
  6. The Kindle takes less than 6 hours to fully recharge but this is likely to take longer if you are using the device whilst recharging. The Forth Generation Kindle Fire battery life is roughly 8 to 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 and battery times.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation from a Japanese power outlet

Powering a Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation with a Japanese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Using USB Micro type B cord and a three pinned Type B USB adapter to recharge your Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation from a Japanese power outlet.

  1. In order to power your Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation using a Japanese power outlet you will need to use a Type B USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Firstly you'll need to plug in the Type B USB power adapter in the Japanese power outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by the 2 slots where the live and neutral plug outlet blades go with a semicircular shaped hole below for the ground pin.
  3. Connect one end of the type B Micro USB cord into the bottom of the USB power charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation. At the top right of your Forth Generation Kindle Fire found next to the power button you can find the USB port.
  4. Switch on the Japanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found in the top corner of the Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation will show a lightning icon which indicates that the device is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation takes approximately under 6 hours to fully charge to full capacity, but this may be longer depending on the power strength and if you are using the tablet during the charging cycle. Typically the battery life on the Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation should last approximately 8 to 11 hours. For more information on charging please read the Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation charging support page [4] for more details on the recharging procedure.
Powering a Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation with a Japanese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

  1. https://www.japan.travel/en/ - Japan National Tourism Organization Web Site
  2. https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&linkCode=ur2&nodeId=201597000&linkId=UZWL22ALFPXJ3QYM - Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation instruction manual
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeA.htm - Type A 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 4th generation charging support page
  5. Type A USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type A 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/typeB.htm - Type B power outlet
  8. Type B USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type B mains power outlet
  9. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters