Charging your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation from a power outlet in Latvia

Using USB Micro type B cord and a 3 pin Europlug Type C power adapter to power your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation with a Latvian power outlet and how to charge a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation using a 2 pin Type F Schuko power adapter.

Latvian power outlet

Various combinations of standards and voltages can all be daunting when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never been there before. These instructions were specifically written to prevent you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation when you're in staying in Latvia.This page is a step by step guide demonstrating exactly what you'll need to charge the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation when you're travelling to Latvia using the F or C type Latvian 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. Most power supplies will change depending on which area you are visiting so please read the power supplies and Europe page for a full list of regions and countries. When you are travelling to Latvia from another country make sure the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure the device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to stop the device from over-heating whilst powering it. If you're planning on staying in a Latvian city like Riga we suggest reading the Wikipedia page about Latvia [1] for more information.

This guide shows how to connect the Latvian power outlet to the Kindle Fire Third Generation and this page refers to the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation. Please check these instructions relate to your Kindle Fire model, visit the Amazon page on WikiConnections to see the full list of the latest Amazon Kindle Fire models. This Kindle model can be identified by the volume and power buttons on the back and the Amazon logo on the back of the tablet. This page assumes that you have installed Fire OS operating system version 4.5.5 or greater for the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation, however if you don't we recommend installing the most recent Kindle update which ensures you have all the latest fixes for your Kindle Fire. Go to the Amazon support site for the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation instruction manual for further information.

Charging a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation in Latvia

Can the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation be used in Latvia?

Yes, you can connect a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation to a Latvian power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

Latvia

What is the best travel charger for recharging a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation in Latvia?

If travelling to more than one country or bringing more than your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation then the best international travel adapter for Latvia to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different types of power outlets that Latvians use (F and C) and using a power adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the included plugs over. If your type of Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these types of power adapters and additional support for more power demanding devices.

This will allow you to power more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack multiple power chargers on your trip. By only packing a single USB travel charger will keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when back at home 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 plug socket.

If you travel regularly we suggest searching for this type of versatile power adapter at your preferred electronics retailer. The travel charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Latvia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unreliable power grids. These power converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Latvia 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 Latvia.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly 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. This is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Latvia. [9]
What is the best travel charger for recharging a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation in Latvia?

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

A page showing how to recharge a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation from a Latvian power outlet with type B USB micro connector with a Type C USB charger.

  1. To power the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation using the Latvian power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Firstly insert the Type C USB power adapter in the Latvian power outlet. This unearthed plug supply is identified by the 2 round adjacent holes where the live and neutral pins go.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the mains power charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation. At the base of your tablet situated next to the power button you will find the USB port.
  4. Turn on the Latvian power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which is found in the top corner of the 7 inch Kindle screen will show a charge icon to indicate that your device is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation takes under 6 hours to completely charge to 100 percent capacity but this may be longer depending on the power strength and if you are using the tablet whilst recharging. The Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation battery life should last 9 - 11 hours depending on how you use it. Please read the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation charging support page [4] for more details on the recharging procedure and battery life.
Powering a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation with a Latvian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation from a Latvian power outlet

Using USB Micro type B connector and a 3 pin Type F Schuko power adapter to recharge your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation with a Latvian power outlet.

  1. In order to power your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation from a Latvian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Start by plugging the Type F USB power adapter into the wall supply. The recessed round plug supply, also known as a Schuko outlet, can be recognised by two 4.8mm adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral along with a pair of thin grounding clips above and below.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB Micro type B connector into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation. You can find the USB port at the foot of the tablet situated next to the power button.
  4. Switch on the Latvian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found at the top corner of the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation will display a charging icon which indicates that the tablet is charging.
  6. The Kindle takes approximately around 6 hours to completely recharge, however this may take longer depending on the strength of the power and if you are using the device during the charging process. Typically the battery life on the 7 inch Kindle is around 9 to 11 hours. For more information please read the Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery times and the recharging procedure.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation from a Latvian power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia page about Latvia
  2. Amazon - Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation instruction manual
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Amazon - Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation charging support page
  5. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, between $10 to $15 USD (£5-£10 GBP / under C$5).
  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, estimated price between $5 to $10 USD (£5-£10 GBP / around C$10).
  7. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  8. 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, between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$5).
  9. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, between $15 to $20 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).