How to charge a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation when planning a trip to Japan

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Japanese power outlet

Varying different combinations of standards and voltages can often cause confusion when planning on visiting a different country especially if you've never been there before. If you are staying in Japan this page has useful instructions showing how to power your Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation using the standard Type B or A 100 volt 60Hz power outlets, most Japanese use the Type B power outlets. If the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation charges slowly or does not power up when travelling to Japan from another region check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Devices which originate from a country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts can take longer to charge or won't turn on, check that the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to ensure proper use. If you plan to stay somewhere such as Tokyo or Tai Ho please read the Japan National Tourism Organization Web Site [1] for more information prior to the location.

The following page shows you how to connect the Japanese power outlet to the and refers to the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation. Visit the Amazon page to see the full product range of Amazon Kindle Fire, Fire HD and Fire HDX models. This model of the Kindle is recognised by a front facing camera, the power and volume buttons on the sides and the Kindle logo on the back. These instructions assume that you are using version 8.5.1 Fire OS or greater for the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation, if you don't please visit Amazon for the latest Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation firmware update which makes sure you have the latest set of features for your tablet. Visit Amazon for the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation instruction guide for more information.

Charging a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation in Japan

Can you use a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation in Japan?

Yes, you can use a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation in Japan.

What is the best travel adapter for a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation in Japan?

If travelling to more than one country then the best international travel charger for Japan is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [9]. Japanese use two different standards of wall outlets (B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A. As these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the plugs over. If your Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these power adapters, and support for more power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other chargers this means you can power multiple devices at the same time without needing to bring individual power chargers or using up additional wall outlets. Only needing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage while travelling. Due to their versatility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets and smartphones with only a single power outlet.

We recommend searching for a flexible travel adapter like this online, the power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [9] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Japan

The 4 port USB travel charger [9] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary for visitors of regions with unstable power supplies. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting Japan using 3 pin type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also 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 more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Japan.
What is the best travel adapter for a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation in Japan?

Powering a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation with a Japanese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

A guide showing you how to charge a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation from a Japanese power outlet using Micro USB type B cable with a Type A USB adapter.

  1. In order to power a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation using the Japanese power outlet you'll need to use a Type A USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Insert the Type A USB power adapter in the Japanese power outlet. This power outlet, technically called a Type A power outlet [3], can be identified by the two thin slots next to each other.
  3. Connect the USB end of the type B Micro USB cord into the bottom of the mains power charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation. You will find the USB port on the side of your 8.9" Kindle situated to the right of the HDMI socket.
  4. Switch on the Japanese power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which is found in the top corner of the Fire screen will show a charging icon which indicates that your device is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire HD8.9 Second Generation takes less than 5 hours to fully recharge to full capacity, but this may be longer depending on the strength of the power supply and if you are using the device whilst charging. The battery life on your Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation should last roughly 9 - 11 hours depending on use. Please read the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation charging support page [4] for more details on the charging procedure and battery times.
Powering a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation with a Japanese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

How to use a Type B power charger for charging your Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation from a Japanese power outlet

Using type B USB connector with a Type B power adapter to charge your Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation from a Japanese power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation from the Japanese power outlet you will need a Type B USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type B USB power adapter in the power outlet. The plug outlet (technically known as a Type B power outlet [7]) can be recognised by the 2 slots parallel to each other with a single hole below for the slightly longer ground pin.
  3. 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 8.9 2nd generation. At the side of your Kindle Fire Second Generation situated next to the HDMI socket you can find the USB port.
  4. Turn on the Japanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears at the top corner of the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation takes approximately less than 5 hours to completely charge however this is likely to take longer if you are using the tablet during recharging. Typically the 8.9" Kindle battery life is around 9 to 11 hours. For more information please read the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery times.
How to use a Type B power charger for charging your Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation from a Japanese power outlet

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=201016060&linkId=DLOFYKA26TCA5NOB - Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd 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 8.9 2nd generation charging support page
  5. Type A USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type A mains power outlet, between $10 to $15 USD (under £15 GBP / under 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 between $5 to $10 USD (around £5 GBP / under C$10).
  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, between $20 to $25 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).
  9. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, between $10 to $15 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).