How to charge a Kindle Fire when planning a trip to Qatar

A guide showing you how to charge your Kindle Fire from a Qatari power outlet using USB type B cord and a 3 pinned Type G power charger and how to charge a Kindle Fire using a three pinned Type D power plug.

Qatari power outlet

When planning to travel to Qatar it can often be useful to know in advance if you'll be able to use your electrical devices such as cell phones or laptop computers when you arrive. By not knowing which wall socket is used in Qatar you are likely to bring the wrong charger, therefore having to purchase a suitable charger on arrival. Differing voltages and plugs can all be confusing when planning to stay in another country especially to the first time traveller. These guidelines have been written to prevent travellers needing to worry if they can charge their Kindle Fire abroad.The following step by step instructions will show you exactly how to supply power to your Kindle Fire in Qatar by using the G or D type Qatari 240 volt 50Hz wall outlets, Type G wall outlets will be normally used by most Qataris. When you are travelling to Qatar from another country please check that your Kindle Fire can accept a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v ensure that the device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to stop the device from overheating whilst powering it up.

These instructions show you how to connect the Qatari power outlet to your tablet. These instructions assume you have installed the most recent version of Fire OS for the Kindle tablet, but if you don't visit Amazon for the latest Kindle Fire update to make sure you have the latest set of features for your tablet. Go to the Amazon.com website for the Kindle Fire device support [2] for more information.

Charging a Kindle Fire in Qatar

Can the Kindle Fire be used in Qatar?

You can use a Kindle Fire in Qatar by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best power charger for recharging a Kindle Fire in Qatar?

When you are travelling to more than one country and bringing more than just your Kindle Fire the best travel power adapter for Qatar is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Qataris use two different standards of wall outlets (G and D) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type G. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied heads. If your type of Kindle Fire can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these types of power chargers, along with support for certain power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other chargers having a 4 port adapter means you can charge more than one device at the same time without needing to pack seperate travel adapters on your Qatari trip. Only bringing a single USB travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage. 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 smartphones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we suggest buying this type of versatile travel adapter at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Qatar

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Qatar 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 most popular portable option for travellers originating from North America going to Qatar using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs and 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 just 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Qatar. [8] [AD]
What is the best power charger for recharging a Kindle Fire in Qatar?

Charging a Kindle Fire from a Qatari power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Using USB type B connector and a three pinned Type G USB charger to power a Kindle Fire with a Qatari power outlet.

  1. To supply power to your Kindle Fire from the Qatari power outlet you will need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type G USB power adapter in the Qatari power outlet. This wall supply, technically known as a Type G power outlet [3], looks like three holes in a triangular pattern.
  3. Connect one end of the Type B USB micro cord into the bottom of the mains power charger and the other end into the USB charging port on a Kindle Fire.
  4. Switch on the Qatari power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which appears in the top corner of the Kindle Fire screen will display a charge icon to indicate that your tablet is charging.
  6. It takes between approximately 4 hours to 12 hours to fully charge to 100% capacity however this is likely to take longer depending on the model of Fire you have, the strength of the power charger and if you are using the Kindle during the recharging process. Please read the Kindle Fire device support [2] for more details on battery life and the charging process.
Charging a Kindle Fire from a Qatari power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Charging a Kindle Fire from a Qatari power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

Using USB type B connector and a three pinned Type D USB charger to power a Kindle Fire with a Qatari power outlet.

  1. To supply power to your Kindle Fire from the Qatari power outlet you will need a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Firstly insert the Type D USB power adapter in the Qatari power outlet. This wall supply, technically known as a Type D power outlet [6], can be identified by three holes in a triangular pattern.
  3. Connect one end of the Type B USB micro cord into the bottom of the mains power charger and the other end into the USB charging port on a Kindle Fire.
  4. Switch on the Qatari power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which appears in the top corner of the Kindle Fire screen will display a charge icon to indicate that your tablet is charging.
  6. It takes between approximately 4 hours to 12 hours to fully charge to 100% capacity however this is likely to take longer depending on the model of Fire you have, the strength of the power charger and if you are using the Kindle during the recharging process. Please read the Kindle Fire device support [2] for more details on battery life and the charging process.
Charging a Kindle Fire from a Qatari power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Qatar Wikipedia web page
  2. Amazon - Kindle Fire device support
  3. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - A Type G USB charger has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin, costing between $10 to $15 USD (around £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, priced at between $5 to $10 USD (£5-£10 GBP / around C$10).
  6. iec.ch - Type D power outlet
  7. Type D USB power adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D USB chargers have large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, between $10 to $15 USD (under £25 GBP / under C$20).
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costing between $15 to $20 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).