How to charge your Kindle Fire 1st generation from a power outlet in Saint Martin

A page on how to recharge a Kindle Fire 1st generation with a St Martins power outlet by using USB type B connector and a Type C power adapter and recharging a Kindle Fire 1st generation using a two pinned Type F Schuko USB charger.

St Martins power outlet

If you are planning a trip to Saint Martin it can often be useful to know in advance if you can power your common devices such as cell phones and laptops when you arrive at your destination. But, without knowing which power socket is being used in Saint Martin you could end up either bringing too many spare adaptors or bring the wrong charger, thereby leaving you having to buy or borrow a suitable adaptor on arrival. Different region codes and plug types can all be daunting when planning to visit a different country to the first time traveller. This guide was specifically written to help prepare visitors wanting to charge their Kindle Fire 1st generation when they're going to Saint Martin.This page contains step by step instructions demonstrating exactly how to charge your Kindle Fire 1st generation when you're travelling to Saint Martin by using the standard Type F or C 230 volt 60Hz power outlets, most Saint Martins will typically use the Type F plug outlets. When you are visiting Saint Martin from a different country make sure that the Kindle Fire 1st generation can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If the Kindle Fire 1st generation was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from over-heating when powering up.

This guide shows you how to connect the St Martins power outlet to the First Generation Kindle Fire and this page refers to the Kindle Fire 1st generation. Please visit the Amazon page on WikiConnections to see the full list of Amazon Kindle Fire, Fire HD and Fire HDX models. This Kindle Fire model can be recognised by a power button on the bottom and the Kindle logo on the rear of the tablet. These instructions assume that you have installed version 6.3.4 or greater of the firmware for the Kindle Fire 1st generation, however if not we recommend installing the latest Kindle Fire 1st generation update to ensure you have all the latest features for your Kindle. For more information go to the manufacturers website at Amazon.com for the Kindle Fire 1st generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire 1st generation user guide.

Charging a Kindle Fire 1st generation in Saint Martin

Can you use a Kindle Fire 1st generation in Saint Martin?

Yes, you can use a Kindle Fire 1st generation in Saint Martin.

What is the best power charger for recharging a Kindle Fire 1st generation in Saint Martin?

When you are travelling with more than just your Kindle Fire 1st generation then the best international travel power adapter for Saint Martin is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Saint Martins use two different standards of wall outlets (F and C) and using a travel charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your Kindle Fire 1st generation supports Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these USB travel adapters, along with additional support for certain power demanding devices. Having a 4 port charger means you can charge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring multiple travel chargers or occupying additional power outlets. By only bringing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage as well as being on hand for charging your Kindle Fire 1st generation at the airport or on the plane. Because of their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when you return home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets and using just a single plug socket.

For those travelling to different continents we recommend searching for a multipurpose power charger similar to this online, the multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Saint Martin

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices via USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 compact power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Saint Martin using 3 pin 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 from the US using type B plugs and gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a 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 Saint Martin. [9]
What is the best power charger for recharging a Kindle Fire 1st generation in Saint Martin?

Powering a Kindle Fire 1st generation with a St Martins power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Using Type B USB cord and a 3 pinned Type C Europlug USB charger to power your Kindle Fire 1st generation from a St Martins power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the Kindle Fire 1st generation from a St Martins power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Begin by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it into the wall outlet. You can recognise the power supply by 2 round holes adjacent to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins go.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the power charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire 1st generation. At the base of your Kindle tablet situated between the headphone output and the power button you will find the USB port.
  4. Switch on the St Martins power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which appears at the top corner of the Kindle Fire 1st generation screen will display a lightning icon which indicates that the device is charging.
  6. The Fire takes around 4 hours to completely recharge to 100% capacity, however this may be longer depending on the power strength and if you are using the tablet during the recharging process. The tablet battery life lasts approximately 7 to 8 hours depending on use. For more information on charging the Kindle Fire 1st generation please read the Kindle Fire 1st generation charging support page [4] for more details on the recharging procedure.
Powering a Kindle Fire 1st generation with a St Martins power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your Kindle Fire 1st generation from a St Martins power outlet

Using USB type B connector and a Schuko Type F USB adapter to charge a Kindle Fire 1st generation with a St Martins power outlet.

  1. To supply power to a Kindle Fire 1st generation using a St Martins power outlet you'll need to use a Type F USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type F USB power adapter in the St Martins power outlet. You can recognise the power supply by two holes 19 mm next to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins go, plus a pair of two thin grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the USB power charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire 1st generation. You can find the USB port on the base of the Kindle located between the power button and the headphone socket.
  4. Turn on the St Martins power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found at the top corner of the Kindle Fire 1st generation will show a charging icon which indicates that your tablet is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire 1st generation takes approximately less than 4 hours to completely charge, but this is likely to take longer if you are using the device whilst charging. Typically the Kindle Fire 1st generation battery life is 7 - 8 hours depending on how you use the tablet. Please read the Kindle Fire 1st generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery times.
How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your Kindle Fire 1st generation from a St Martins power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - St Martins Wikipedia page
  2. Amazon - Kindle Fire 1st generation instruction manual
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Amazon - Kindle Fire 1st 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, costing between $10 to $15 USD (£10-£15 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, 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, 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).