Charging your Kindle Fire from a power outlet in Laos

Instructions showing how to charge your Kindle Fire with a Lao power outlet using type B USB micro cable and a Type E USB charger, recharging a Kindle Fire using a Type C Europlug power adapter and how to power a Kindle Fire using a Type F Schuko power adapter

Lao power outlet

Varying different frequencies and standards can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of standards being used in the world this article shows exactly what to purchase in advance to power your Kindle Fire . These instructions have been specifically written to prevent you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge the Kindle Fire when you are abroad.When you're visiting Laos this page has instructions showing you charging the Kindle Fire by using the types F, C or E 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets. You'll discover power sockets vary depending on which area you are travelling to so please read the Asia and power supplies page for a full list of regions and countries. When travelling to Laos from a different country please make sure your Kindle Fire can be charged using a 240v supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) double check the device 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 when charging it.

These instructions show how to connect the Lao power outlet to the Fire. This page assumes that you have installed the most recent version of the Fire operating system for the Kindle tablet, but if you don't please visit Amazon for the latest Kindle Fire OS update to make sure you have the latest set of features for your Kindle. Go to the Amazon.com website for the Kindle Fire device support [2] for further information.

Charging a Kindle Fire in Laos

Can the Kindle Fire be used in Laos?

Yes, you can connect a Kindle Fire to a Lao power outlet.

What is the best travel charger for recharging a Kindle Fire in Laos?

If you are travelling with more than just your Kindle Fire the best international travel adapter for Laos to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are three standards of wall outlets in Laos (types F, C and E) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type C. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by changing the included plugs over. If your type of Kindle Fire is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times by using one of these USB power adapters and additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other travel adapters having a four port adapter will allow you to power more than one device at once without needing to buy individual power adapters for your Lao trip. By only packing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage while travelling. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers using just a single power outlet.

For those travelling to Laos we recommend buying this type of versatile power adapter online; the multipurpose power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for charging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Laos

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the Kindle Fire, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Laos 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 portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Laos using 3 pin type B 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 from the US using type B plugs. This is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Laos. [10] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for recharging a Kindle Fire in Laos?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire from a Lao power outlet

Using Type B USB Micro connector with a Type C Europlug power charger to charge your Kindle Fire with a Lao power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the Kindle Fire using the Lao power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Start by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it into the Lao power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the two holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Plug in one end of the type B USB Micro cable into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the USB charging port on a Kindle Fire.
  4. Turn on the Lao power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top corner of the tablet will display a charging icon which indicates that the tablet is charging.
  6. It will take between 4 hours to 12 hours to fully recharge to full capacity but this may be longer depending on the model of tablet you are using, the strength of the power and if you are using the device during charging. For more information please read the Kindle Fire device support [2] for more details on the charging process.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire from a Lao power outlet

How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire from a Lao power outlet

Using USB Type B cord with a three pin Type E power adapter to power a Kindle Fire from a Lao power outlet.

  1. If you want to power a Kindle Fire from a Lao power outlet you'll need a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Start by plugging the Type E USB power adapter into the Lao power outlet. The circular wall outlet can be recognised by the two 4.8mm round holes 19mm adjacent to each other where the live and neutral pins slide into plus one long metal grounding pin protruding in the top in a triangular configuration.
  3. Connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the USB charger and the other end into the USB charging port on a Kindle Fire.
  4. Switch on the Lao power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which is found at the top corner of the Kindle Fire display will show a charging icon to indicate that your device is charging.
  6. It takes between around 4 hours to 12 hours to completely charge, however this may take longer depending on the type of Kindle Fire you have, the charger strength and if you are using the tablet during the charging process. Please read the Kindle Fire device support [2] for more details on battery life and the recharging procedure.
How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire from a Lao power outlet

Charging a Kindle Fire from a Lao power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

Using type B USB Micro cable and a Type F Schuko power adapter to recharge your Kindle Fire with a Lao power outlet.

  1. To charge a Kindle Fire from a Lao power outlet you'll need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [9] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type F USB power adapter into the power supply. You can identify the wall outlet by the two large holes 19 mm adjacent to each other for live and neutral and a pair of thin metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Plug in one end of the type B Micro USB cable into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the USB charging port on a Kindle Fire.
  4. Turn on the Lao power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which is found at the top corner of the Fire will display a lightning bolt icon to indicate that your tablet is charging.
  6. It will take between 4 hours to 12 hours to fully charge to full capacity but this may take longer depending on the type of Fire you are using, the strength of the power and if you are using the tablet whilst charging. For more information please read the Kindle Fire device support [2] for more details on the charging process and battery life.
Charging a Kindle Fire from a Lao power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Laos Wikipedia page
  2. Amazon - Kindle Fire device support
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, priced between $10 to $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under 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 / around C$10).
  6. iec.ch - Type E power outlet
  7. Type E USB power adapter - There are two 4.8mm pins on Type E USB chargers which are placed 19mm apart and may include a hole for an earthing pin, between $10 to $15 USD (under £10 GBP / under C$20).
  8. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  9. 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 (around £15 GBP / under C$20).
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced at between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).