Charging a Kindle Fire when visiting The United Kingdom

How to connect a UK power outlet to a Kindle Fire

UK power outlet

Complicated combinations of standards and voltages can often cause confusion when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never visited before. These guidelines were specifically written to help assist travellers wanting to power the Kindle Fire when they're staying abroad.When visiting The United Kingdom these instructions show how to power the Kindle Fire using the standard 230 volt 50Hz G Type plug outlet, with the British using a BS 1363 13 amp plug for wall outlets. You will find power is different depending on which country you are travelling to so we recommend reading the Europe page for a complete list of countries. If you are visiting The United Kingdom from a different country please ensure that your Kindle Fire can be used with a 240v supply. If the Kindle Fire was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure the device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to stop the device from overheating whilst powering it. If you intend on visiting destinations such as London we also recommend referring to the Wikipedia.org entry about The United Kingdom [1] for further information on the location.

This guide shows you how to connect the UK power outlet to the tablet. These instructions assume you have installed the most recent version of Fire OS for the Kindle tablet, if you don't we recommend installing the latest Kindle Fire OS update which makes sure you have the most up to date fixes for your tablet. Visit Amazon for the Kindle Fire device support [2] for further information.

Charging a Kindle Fire in The United Kingdom

Can you use a Kindle Fire in The United Kingdom?

Yes, you can connect a Kindle Fire to a UK power outlet.

What is the best travel adapter for a Kindle Fire in The United Kingdom?

If you are travelling with more than just your Kindle Fire then the best travel adapter for The United Kingdom to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the supplied heads. If your Kindle Fire can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of power adapters, and compatibility with more power hungry devices. Having a 4 port adapter will also allow you to power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring individual power chargers. Only bringing a single USB travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage while travelling. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple phones and tablets without using up an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling frequently we suggest buying an adaptable power adapter of this nature online. The power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for The United Kingdom

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the Kindle Fire, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary for visitors of regions with unreliable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both The United Kingdom and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting The United Kingdom.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also 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. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with 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 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting The United Kingdom. [6] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for a Kindle Fire in The United Kingdom?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire from a UK power outlet

Using Micro USB type B connector and a three pinned Type G power charger to recharge a Kindle Fire from a UK power outlet.

  1. To charge the Kindle Fire using a UK power outlet you will need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Start by taking the Type G USB power adapter and inserting it in the UK power outlet. The wall supply, technically known as the Type G power outlet [3], can be identified by 3 rectangular holes containing shutters forming a triangular configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Micro USB type B connector into the mains USB charger and the other end into the USB charging port on a Kindle Fire.
  4. Turn on the UK power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which appears in the top corner of the Kindle Fire display will display a charge icon to indicate that your tablet is charging.
  6. It will take between approximately 4 hours to 12 hours to completely charge but this is likely to be longer depending on the type of Kindle tablet you are using, the charger strength and if you are using the tablet during charging. For more information on charging please read the Kindle Fire device support [2] for more details on the charging procedure and battery times.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire from a UK power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia.org entry about The United Kingdom
  2. Amazon - Kindle Fire device support
  3. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - A Type G USB charger has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin, under $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  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, costing under $10 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$10-C$15).
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costs between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).