How to charge your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a power outlet in Italy

A page on how to recharge a Kindle Fire 2nd generation with an Italian power outlet with micro USB Type B cable with a Type L power adapter, how to charge a Kindle Fire 2nd generation using a double pin Type C Europlug USB charger and how to recharge a Kindle Fire 2nd generation using a two pinned Type F Schuko power plug

Italian power outlet

Various region codes and plugs can often cause confusion when planning on staying in a foreign country to the first time traveller. The following step by step guide shows you what you'll need to charge the Kindle Fire 2nd generation when staying in Italy using their Type L, C or F Italian 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, please be aware Type L wall outlets will be normally used by most Italians. Most power sources are different depending on which area you're taking a trip to therefore please read our Wikiconnections travel power sockets list for a full list of powering devices in different regions. If you are travelling to Italy from a different country check that the Kindle Fire 2nd generation can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure the Kindle Fire 2nd generation is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to avoid the device from being damaged during charging.

These instructions show you how to connect the Italian power outlet to the 7 inch Kindle and this page refers to the Kindle Fire 2nd generation. Please check these instructions relate to your exact Kindle Fire model, visit the Amazon page to see the full product range of the latest Amazon Kindle Fire, Fire HD and Fire HDX models. This Kindle is identified by the volume and power buttons on the sides and a Kindle logo on the rear of the tablet. These instructions assume you have installed version 10.5.1 Fire OS or greater for the Kindle Fire 2nd generation, if you don't visit Amazon for the most recent Kindle Fire 2nd generation update to ensure you have the most up to date features for your device. For further information go to the Amazon site for the Kindle Fire 2nd generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire 2nd generation manual.

Charging a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in Italy

Can you use a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in Italy?

Yes, you can use a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in Italy by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best power charger for a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in Italy?

If you are travelling with more than just your Kindle Fire 2nd generation the best travel adapter for Italy to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Italians use three different standards of wall outlets (L, C and F) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by switching the plugs over. If your model of Kindle Fire 2nd generation supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these travel adapters, and support for certain power hungry devices like tablets.

This means you can charge more than one device at the same time without needing to buy individual power chargers for your trip to Italy. By only packing a single travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage while travelling and suitable for recharging your Kindle Fire 2nd generation at an airport or on a flight. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of adapters can be used when you return home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers without needing an additional plug socket.

For those travelling regularly we recommend searching for a multipurpose travel adapter of this nature at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Italy

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the Kindle Fire 2nd generation, but for visitors also wanting 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 or unstable power supplies. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Italy 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 most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from America going to Italy.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs and gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Italy. [11] [AD]
What is the best power charger for a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in Italy?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from an Italian power outlet

Instructions on how to power your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from an Italian power outlet by using Type B USB cord with a 3 pinned Type C power charger.

  1. If you want to charge the Kindle Fire 2nd generation from an Italian 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 the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can recognise the power supply by two circular holes adjacent to each other where the two pins sit.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the mains power charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire 2nd generation. You'll find the USB port at the side of the 7 inch Kindle Fire found to the right of the HDMI socket.
  4. Switch on the Italian power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which appears in the top corner of the tablet will show a charging icon which indicates that your tablet is charging.
  6. The tablet takes around under 5 hours to fully recharge to full capacity, but this is likely to be longer if you are using the tablet during the charging cycle. The battery life on the Kindle Fire 2nd generation should last approximately 8 - 9 hours. For further information on charging the Kindle Fire 2nd generation please read the Kindle Fire 2nd generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery times.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from an Italian power outlet

Powering a Kindle Fire 2nd generation with an Italian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

A guide on how to power a Kindle Fire 2nd generation with an Italian power outlet by using Type B USB cable with a Type F power adapter.

  1. If you want to power a Kindle Fire 2nd generation using an Italian 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 plugging the Type F USB power adapter in the Italian power outlet. The round wall outlet, sometimes known as the Schuko outlet or Type F power outlet [7], can be recognised by the two large round holes 19 mm apart from each other for live and neutral along with grounding clips above and below.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the power charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire 2nd generation. At the side of the Kindle tablet situated next to the HDMI jack you will find the USB port.
  4. Switch on the Italian power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which is found in the top corner of the Kindle Fire 2nd generation will show a lightning icon which indicates that the device is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire 2nd generation takes approximately under 5 hours to completely charge to 100 percent capacity, however this may be longer depending on the strength of the power supply and if you are using the tablet during charging. Typically the battery life on the Kindle Fire 2nd generation lasts 8 - 9 hours depending on use. Please read the Kindle Fire 2nd generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery times.
Powering a Kindle Fire 2nd generation with an Italian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

How to use a Type L power charger for charging your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from an Italian power outlet

A step-by-step guide showing how to charge a Kindle Fire 2nd generation from an Italian power outlet with USB micro Type B connector and a three pin Type L USB adapter.

  1. In order to charge the Kindle Fire 2nd generation using an Italian power outlet you will need to buy a Type L USB power adapter [10] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. First you'll need to plug in the Type L USB power adapter into the Italian power outlet. The flattened hexagon shaped power supply (technically known as a Type L power outlet [9]) can be identified by three large holes in a line for live, neutral and earth pins. Please note there are two variations of Type L wall outlet rated at 10 amps and 16 amps. A 10 amp version has 4mm thick pins spaced 5.5mm apart whilst the 16 amp version has slightly larger 5mm pins which are spaced 8mm apart.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the mains power charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire 2nd generation. On the side of the tablet found next to the HDMI output you'll find the USB port.
  4. Switch on the Italian power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which appears in the top corner of the Kindle Fire 2nd generation will show a charging icon which indicates that your tablet is charging.
  6. The tablet takes around under 5 hours to fully recharge to full capacity, but this is likely to be longer depending on the power strength and if you are using the tablet during the charging cycle. The battery life on the Kindle Fire 2nd generation should last around 8 - 9 hours. For further information on charging the Kindle Fire 2nd generation please read the Kindle Fire 2nd generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery times.
How to use a Type L power charger for charging your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from an Italian power outlet

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  1. Wikipedia - Italian entry on wikipedia.org
  2. Amazon - Kindle Fire 2nd generation instruction manual
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Amazon - Kindle Fire 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, 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, 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, priced at between $10 to $15 USD (around £15 GBP / under C$20).
  9. iec.ch - Type L power outlet
  10. Type L USB power adapter - Earthed Type L USB chargers comprise of three 4mm pins placed in parallel 5.5mm apart, priced at between $10 to $15 USD (under £30 GBP / under C$20).
  11. 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).