How to charge the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation when staying in France

Using Micro USB Type B cable with a 3 pinned Europlug Type C power charger to power your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation from a French power outlet and recharging a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation using a two pinned Type E USB adapter.

French power outlet

Various voltages and sockets can all cause confusion when planning on staying in another country, especially for the first time traveller. This guide has been specifically written to help prepare people wanting to charge the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation when going to France.This page contains a step by step guide demonstrating what you'll need to supply power to your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation when you're travelling to France by using the standard types E or C French 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, Type E power outlets are used by most French. You will find that most power sockets will vary regionally so please read our Wikiconnections travel power sockets guide where you'll find a complete list of regions and countries. If visiting France from another region please make sure that your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation can be used with a 240v supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check your device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to avoid the device from over-heating whilst powering it.

These instructions show you how to connect the French power outlet to the and refers to the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation. Please ensure these instructions relate to your Kindle Fireby visiting the Amazon page to see the full series of the latest Amazon Kindle Fire tablets. This Kindle version can be recognised by a front facing camera, the volume and power buttons on the back and an Amazon logo on the back. These instructions assume that you are using version 4.5.5 or greater of Fire OS for the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation, however if not please visit Amazon for the most recent Kindle firmware update which ensures you have the most up-to-date features for your Kindle. Visit the support site at Amazon for the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation instruction guide for further information.

Charging a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation in France

Can the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation be used in France?

You can connect a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation to a French power outlet by using a power convertor.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation in France?

When you are travelling to multiple countries the best travel charger for France is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [9]. There are two types of wall outlets in France (types E and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the plugs. If your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation supports Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, and additional support for certain power demanding devices. Having a four port charger means you can charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to bring multiple travel adapters on your trip to France or occupying additional power outlets. Only packing a single travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage as well as being convenient for charging your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation at the airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers with only a single wall outlet.

For those travelling regularly we recommend searching for this type of versatile travel adapter online - the power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [9] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries.

Alternative travel adapter for France

The 4 port USB travel charger [9] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both France and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from North America going to France using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one 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 most travellers from around the world visiting France.
What is the best travel adapter for recharging a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation in France?

Powering a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation with a French power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Using Micro USB Type B cable with a 3 pinned Europlug Type C power charger to power your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation from a French power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation from the French power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Start by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the French power outlet. You can identify this wall supply by 2 holes next to each other where the twin plug outlet pins slide into.
  3. Then connect one end of the type B USB cord into the USB power charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation. You will find the USB port at the base of the Kindle found next to the power button.
  4. Turn on the French power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found in the top corner of the tablet display will display a lightning icon which indicates that your tablet is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation takes approximately under 6 hours to fully recharge however this may be longer if you are using the device during the charging cycle. Typically the battery life lasts around 9 to 12 hours depending on use. Please read the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery life.
Powering a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation with a French power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Type E power charger for charging your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation from a French power outlet

Using USB Micro Type B connector and a Type E power charger to power your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation from a French power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation from the French power outlet you'll need to use a Type E USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Begin by inserting the Type E USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify this wall supply by two holes 19mm apart from each other where the two pins slide into plus a single long metal grounding pin protruding from the top forming a triangle shape.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation. You'll find the USB port at the bottom of the tablet located next to the power button.
  4. Turn on the French power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found at the top corner of the Fire screen will show a charging icon to indicate that the device is charging.
  6. The Fire takes around 6 hours to completely charge however this may be longer depending on the strength of the power supply and if you are using the tablet during recharging. Typically the battery life on the tablet should last approximately 9 to 12 hours depending on use. Please read the Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation charging support page [4] for more details on the charging process and battery times.
How to use a Type E power charger for charging your Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation from a French power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/France - wikipedia.org page about France
  2. https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&linkCode=ur2&nodeId=201303400&linkId=TE3JUEOED6G5HTG3 - Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation instruction manual
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C 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 HDX 3rd generation charging support page
  5. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C 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/typeE.htm - Type E power outlet
  8. Type E USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type E 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