Charging a Kindle Fire in Guatemala

Using Type B Micro USB connector with a three pin Type A USB charger to power a Kindle Fire with a Guatemalan power outlet and recharging a Kindle Fire using a Type B USB adapter.

Guatemalan power outlet

Different voltages and region codes can often lead to confusion when planning on travelling to a different country, especially to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this article tells you exactly what to buy in advance to power the Kindle Fire in Guatemala. This page contains step-by-step instructions showing exactly what you'll need to charge the Kindle Fire in Guatemala using their standard types B or A 120 volt 60Hz power outlets. If the Kindle Fire charges slowly or does not power up when travelling to Guatemala from a different country please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically devices which originate from another country which use a higher voltage (for example 220 volts) may take longer to charge or won't power up, check the Kindle Fire is dual-voltage (you'll find these are usually marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to ensure proper use.

This list of instructions shows how to connect the Guatemalan power outlet to the Kindle Fire. These instructions assume that you have installed the most recent version of Fire OS for the Kindle Fire, but if you don't we recommend installing the latest Kindle Fire software update which ensures you have the most up to date fixes for your Kindle. Go to Amazon for the Kindle Fire device support [2] for further information.

Charging a Kindle Fire in Guatemala

Can you use a Kindle Fire in Guatemala?

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

What is the best travel charger for a Kindle Fire in Guatemala?

When you are travelling to more than one country then the best international travel charger for Guatemala to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Guatemalans use two different standards of plug sockets (types B and A) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the included plugs. If your model of Kindle Fire is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these types of power adapters, and compatibility with more power demanding devices.

Unlike other travel chargers this means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to pack multiple travel chargers. Because you are only bringing a single USB travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling as well as being convenient for recharging your Kindle Fire at the airport or on a plane. Due to their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when you return home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets using just a single plug socket.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible power adapter at an electronics retailer - the power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Guatemala

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which is crucial when visiting counties with unstable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Guatemala 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 America visiting Guatemala.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs and gives almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with only 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Guatemala. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for a Kindle Fire in Guatemala?

Powering a Kindle Fire with a Guatemalan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Using type B USB cable with a three pin Type A USB charger to recharge a Kindle Fire with a Guatemalan power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to your Kindle Fire from a Guatemalan power outlet you will need to buy a Type A 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 A USB power adapter in the power supply. You can recognise this wall outlet by the 2 thin adjacent slots next to each other.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB micro Type B connector into the USB power adapter and the other end into the USB charging port on a Kindle Fire.
  4. Switch on the Guatemalan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found at the top corner of the tablet screen will show a lightning icon to indicate that the tablet is charging.
  6. It takes between around 4 hours to 12 hours to fully 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 the recharging process. Please read the Kindle Fire device support [2] for more details on the recharging process.
Powering a Kindle Fire with a Guatemalan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire from a Guatemalan power outlet

Using type B USB cable with a three pin Type B USB charger to power a Kindle Fire with a Guatemalan power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge your Kindle Fire using a Guatemalan power outlet you'll need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Begin by plugging the Type B USB power adapter in the Guatemalan power outlet. You can identify this power outlet by two thin slots parallel to each other for live and neutral blades with a hole below for the longer ground pin.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB micro Type B connector into the mains USB charger and the other end into the USB charging port on a Kindle Fire.
  4. Switch on the Guatemalan power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which is found in the top corner of the tablet screen will show a lightning bolt icon which indicates that the device is charging.
  6. It takes between roughly 4 hours to 12 hours to fully recharge but this is likely to be longer depending on the type of Kindle you are using, the charger strength and if you are using the tablet during the recharging process. Please read the Kindle Fire device support [2] for more details on the recharging process.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire from a Guatemalan power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Guatemalan page on Wikipedia.org
  2. Amazon - Kindle Fire device support
  3. iec.ch - Type A power outlet
  4. Type A USB power adapter - An unearthed Type A USB charger has 2 parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes near the tip of each blade, costing around $5 USD (around £1 GBP / C$25-C$30).
  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, between $5 to $10 USD (£5-£10 GBP / around C$10).
  6. iec.ch - Type B power outlet
  7. Type B USB power adapter - 3 pinned Type B USB chargers have a single unearthed round pin along with 2 shorter parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes in the end of each blade, estimated price under $10 USD (£20-£25 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costs around $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).