Charging your Kindle Fire from a power outlet in Taiwan

Instructions showing how to recharge your Kindle Fire with a Taiwanese power outlet with USB Micro type B cord and a 3 pin Type A power charger and charging a Kindle Fire using a 3 pin Type B power charger.

Taiwanese power outlet

Various combinations of standards and plugs can all be daunting when planning on travelling to another country if you've never been there before. However this isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards being used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need to buy in advance to charge the Kindle Fire . These instructions have been specifically written to prevent you having to worry if you'll be able to charge the Kindle Fire when staying in Taiwan.If planning a trip to Taiwan the following useful instructions show how to supply power to the Kindle Fire by using their types B or A 110 volt 60Hz wall outlets, a majority of Taiwanese will normally use Type B plugs in their plug outlets. Most power supplies change depending on which area you are visiting so please read the power supplies and Asia page for a full list of regions and countries. If the Kindle Fire does not power up or charges slowly when travelling to Taiwan from a different country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Electrical devices which originate from a country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) may take longer to charge or won't turn on, check that your Kindle Fire is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to ensure proper use. If you plan to stay in a tourist destination such as Taipei City we also suggest reading the Taiwanese Wikipedia web page [1] for further information.

This guide shows how to connect the Taiwanese power outlet to the tablet. This page assumes that you have installed the most recent version of Fire OS for the tablet, however if you don't we recommend installing the most recent Kindle Fire OS update which makes sure you have all the latest features for your Kindle. For further information visit Amazon for the Kindle Fire device support [2] .

Charging a Kindle Fire in Taiwan

Can the Kindle Fire be used in Taiwan?

Yes, you can connect a Kindle Fire to a Taiwanese power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

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

When travelling to more than one country or bringing more than your Kindle Fire then the best international travel adapter for Taiwan is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Taiwanese use two different standards of wall outlets (types B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by switching the supplied plugs over. If your Kindle Fire can support Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these types of power adapters along with additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets.

Having a four port adapter means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate power adapters or occupying additional wall outlets. Because you are only packing a single international travel charger will also keep the size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand luggage while travelling as well as being convenient for recharging your Kindle Fire at an airport or on a flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of chargers can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers with just a single wall outlet.

We suggest searching for this type of flexible travel charger online. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Taiwan

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, 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 useful for visitors of regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Taiwan and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Taiwan.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half the 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 suitable for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Taiwan. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for recharging a Kindle Fire in Taiwan?

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

Using USB micro type B cord with a three pin Type A power adapter to recharge your Kindle Fire with a Taiwanese power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge a Kindle Fire from a Taiwanese power outlet you will need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Start by plugging the Type A USB power adapter into the power supply. You can identify this plug supply by the 2 thin slots next to each other where the twin pins sit.
  3. Connect the USB end of the micro USB Type B connector into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the USB charging port on a Kindle Fire.
  4. Switch on the Taiwanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top corner of the Fire screen will show a charge icon to indicate that your device is charging.
  6. It takes between around 4 hours to 12 hours to fully charge to full capacity but this may be longer depending on the model of tablet you are charging, the charger strength and if you are using the Kindle during the charging process. For more information on charging please read the Kindle Fire device support [2] for more details on battery times.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire from a Taiwanese power outlet

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

Using USB Micro type B cord with a 3 pin Type B power charger to charge your Kindle Fire with a Taiwanese power outlet.

  1. If you want to power the Kindle Fire using the Taiwanese power outlet you'll need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Start by plugging the Type B USB power adapter into the Taiwanese power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the two thin slots for live and neutral blades with a semicircle hole below for the slightly long ground pin.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the micro USB Type B cable into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the USB charging port on a Kindle Fire.
  4. Switch on the Taiwanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top corner of the Kindle tablet display will show a charging icon to indicate that your device is charging.
  6. It takes between 4 hours to 12 hours to fully charge to full capacity but this is likely to be longer depending on the model of Fire you are charging, the charger strength and if you are using the device whilst recharging. For more information please read the Kindle Fire device support [2] for more details on battery times and the charging process.
Powering a Kindle Fire with a Taiwanese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Taiwanese Wikipedia web page
  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, priced between $5 to $10 USD (around £1 GBP / under C$30).
  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 under $10 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$10-C$15).
  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, under $10 USD (£20-£25 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated price around $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).