How to charge the Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation when staying in Portugal

Using USB Micro Type B cable with a 3 pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter to recharge a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation from a Portuguese power outlet and charging a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter.

Portuguese power outlet

If you are packing for a vacation it can be useful to know in advance if you can charge any electronics like mobiles or laptop computers when you're there. However without knowing which power socket is used in Portugal you are likely to bring the wrong power adaptor, therefore leaving you having to buy or borrow a suitable charger when you arrive. Varying different combinations of standards and plugs can all cause confusion when planning on staying in another country, especially for the first time traveller. These instructions were written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge your Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation when you're visiting abroad.This page contains step-by-step instructions demonstrating exactly how to power the Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation when staying in Portugal by using the standard Type F or C Portuguese 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, Type F power outlets are used by most Portuguese. Power sources will change depending on which region you're taking a trip to therefore we suggest that you read our Wiki Connections global power connections list for a full list showing regions and countries. If travelling to Portugal from another country please ensure that the Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If the Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts ensure the Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to avoid the device from over-heating whilst powering it up.

The following page shows how to connect the Portuguese power outlet to your Fire and refers to the Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generationfrom the Kindle Fire series. Visit the Amazon page on WikiConnections for the full product range of the latest Amazon Kindle Fire tablets. You can identify this particular model of the Kindle Fire by a front facing HD camera, the power and volume buttons on the sides and the Kindle logo on the rear of the tablet. These instructions assume that you have installed version 7.5.1 OS or greater for the Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation, but if you don't we suggest installing the latest Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation update which ensures you have the most up-to-date features for your Kindle. For more information visit the support site at Amazon for the Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation manual.

Charging a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation in Portugal

Can the Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation be used in Portugal?

You can connect a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation to a Portuguese power outlet.

What is the best power charger for a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation in Portugal?

If travelling to more than one country the best travel charger for Portugal is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Portuguese use two different types of plug sockets (F and C) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the supplied heads over. If your model of Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation can support 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, along with additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

This means you can charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy individual power chargers. Because you are only bringing a single travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage. Due to their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets without using up an additional power outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend searching for this type of versatile travel adapter online - the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Portugal

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unstable power grids. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Portugal 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 America visiting Portugal using 3 pinned type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise 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 offers almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more generous 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 wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Portugal. [9]
What is the best power charger for a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation in Portugal?

Powering a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation with a Portuguese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Using USB Micro Type B cable with a 3 pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter to recharge a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation from a Portuguese power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation from the Portuguese 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. Begin by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify this wall supply by 2 round holes next to each other where the twin plug outlet pins slide into.
  3. Then connect one 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 HD 7 2nd generation. On the side of your tablet located to the right of the HDMI socket you can find the USB port.
  4. Switch on the Portuguese power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which appears at the top corner of the Kindle screen will show a charging icon to indicate that the device is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation takes approximately under 5 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity, but this is likely to take longer depending on the strength of the power source and if you are using the tablet during recharging. Typically the tablet battery life is 7 - 10 hours. For more information on charging the Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation please read the Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation charging support page [4] for more details on the recharging process and battery times.
Powering a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation with a Portuguese 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 7 2nd generation from a Portuguese power outlet

Instructions showing how to recharge your Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation from a Portuguese power outlet with type B USB cord and a Type F power charger.

  1. To supply power to a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation using a Portuguese power outlet you will need a Type F USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Begin by inserting the Type F USB power adapter in the Portuguese power outlet. The recessed circular plug outlet, sometimes known as the Schuko plug, can be recognised by the two 4.8mm round adjacent holes and grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the type B USB cord into the USB power charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation. You will find the USB port on the side of your Second Generation Kindle Fire HD 7 inch situated next to the HDMI output.
  4. Turn on the Portuguese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found in the top corner of the Fire screen will display a lightning icon which indicates that your tablet is charging.
  6. The tablet takes around 5 hours to completely charge however this may be longer if you are using the device whilst recharging. Typically the battery life on the Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation should last approximately 7 to 10 hours depending on use. Please read the Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery life.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation from a Portuguese power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia web page about Portugal
  2. Amazon - Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation instruction manual
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Amazon - Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd 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, priced between $10 to $15 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).
  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, costs under $10 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$10-C$15).
  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, costing under $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  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).