Charging your Kindle Fire from a power outlet in Italy

Instructions showing you how to power a Kindle Fire with an Italian power outlet using Type B USB micro connector with a three pinned Type F USB adapter, recharging a Kindle Fire using a Type C Europlug power charger and charging a Kindle Fire using a three pinned Type L power charger

Italian power outlet

Various combinations of voltages and standards can often cause confusion when planning to travel to another country if you've never been there before. However this isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets used throughout the world this article shows exactly what to buy in advance to charge the Kindle Fire in Italy. This page was written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge your Kindle Fire when you're in staying in Italy.If staying in Italy these useful instructions show how to power your Kindle Fire by using their types L, C or F 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, please be aware Type L power outlets are typically used by most Italians. When travelling to Italy from a different country ensure that your Kindle Fire can accept a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v double check the device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional converter to prevent the device from overloading when powering up.

This guide shows how to connect the Italian power outlet to the Kindle. This page assumes you are using the most recent version of the OS for the Kindle Fire, but if you don't we suggest installing the most recent Kindle Fire firmware update which makes sure you have the most up to date set of features for your device. For more information visit Amazon for the Kindle Fire device support [2] .

Charging a Kindle Fire in Italy

Can you use a Kindle Fire in Italy?

You can connect a Kindle Fire to an Italian power outlet by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best power adapter for recharging a Kindle Fire in Italy?

If you are travelling with more than just your Kindle Fire and visiting multiple countries the best international travel charger for Italy to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Italians use three different standards of power outlets (types L, C and F) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world just by switching the included heads. If your type of Kindle Fire is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times with one of these USB power chargers, plus compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets. This will allow you to power multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack individual travel chargers or occupying additional wall sockets. Because you are only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand baggage while travelling. Because of their flexibility these types of power adapters can be used when you return home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets using only a single power outlet.

We suggest searching for a multipurpose power adapter like this at your preferred electronics retailer; the power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Italy

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is crucial when visiting regions with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Italy and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Italy using type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs. This gives almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more flexible 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Italy. [10] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for recharging a Kindle Fire in Italy?

Powering a Kindle Fire with an Italian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

A page showing how to recharge a Kindle Fire from an Italian power outlet using Type B Micro USB cable and a Type C USB charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to the Kindle Fire from an Italian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type C USB power adapter into the power supply. The wall outlet (known as the Type C power outlet [3] or Europlug) is identified by the two holes adjacent to each other.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the USB adapter and the other end into the USB charging port on a Kindle Fire.
  4. Switch on the Italian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found at the top corner of the Kindle will display a charge icon which indicates that the device is charging.
  6. It takes between around 4 hours to 12 hours to fully charge to full capacity, however this is likely to take longer depending on the type of Kindle you are using, the strength of the power and if you are using the Kindle during recharging. Please read the Kindle Fire device support [2] for more details on battery life.
Powering a Kindle Fire with an Italian 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 from an Italian power outlet

Using Type B USB cable and a Schuko Type F USB charger to recharge a Kindle Fire from an Italian power outlet.

  1. To charge your Kindle Fire using the Italian power outlet you will need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Start by plugging the Type F USB power adapter in the Italian power outlet. This circular power supply can be recognised by the two circular holes 19 mm next to each other for live and neutral and a pair of two metal grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Then connect one end of the Micro USB type B connector into the bottom of the mains power adapter and the other end into the USB charging port on a Kindle Fire.
  4. Turn on the Italian power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which is found in the top corner of the tablet will show a charge icon to indicate that your device is charging.
  6. It will take between 4 hours to 12 hours to fully recharge, but this may take longer depending on the model of tablet you are using, the charger strength and if you are using the device whilst recharging. Please read the Kindle Fire device support [2] for more details on battery times and the charging process.
How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your Kindle Fire from an Italian power outlet

Powering a Kindle Fire with an Italian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type L USB adapter

Using USB micro type B cable and a Type L power adapter to power your Kindle Fire with an Italian power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the Kindle Fire using an Italian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type L USB power adapter [9] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type L USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can recognise this hexagon shaped power supply by the 3 large circular holes forming a line for live, neutral and ground. Please note there are two types of Type L power supply rated for 10 and 16 amps. A 10 amp plug supply has 4mm thick pins which are spaced 5.5mm apart and the 16 amp version has larger 5mm thick pins which are spaced 8mm apart.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the USB adapter and the other end into the USB charging port on a Kindle Fire.
  4. Switch on the Italian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found at the top corner of the Kindle Fire screen will display a charging icon which indicates that the device is charging.
  6. It takes between approximately 4 hours to 12 hours to fully charge to full capacity, however this is likely to take longer depending on the type of Kindle tablet you are charging, the strength of the power and if you are using the Kindle during recharging. For more information please read the Kindle Fire device support [2] for more details on the recharging procedure and battery times.
Powering a Kindle Fire with an Italian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type L USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Italy country wikipedia page
  2. Amazon - Kindle Fire device support
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, priced at between $10 to $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under 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, costs under $10 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$10-C$15).
  6. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  7. 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 $10 to $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / under C$20).
  8. iec.ch - Type L power outlet
  9. Type L USB power adapter - Earthed Type L USB chargers comprise of three 4mm pins placed in parallel 5.5mm apart, costs between $10 to $15 USD (£25-£30 GBP / around C$15).
  10. 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).