How to charge the Kindle Fire from a power outlet in Mexico

Instructions on how to recharge your Kindle Fire from a Mexican power outlet with Type B USB connector with a 3 pinned Type A USB adapter and how to recharge a Kindle Fire using a three pin Type B USB adapter.

Mexican power outlet

Varying different combinations of region codes and plugs can often cause confusion when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never visited before. This isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your Kindle Fire in Mexico. If you're visiting Mexico this page contains useful instructions showing you how to supply power to your Kindle Fire using their Type B or A Mexican 127 volt 60Hz wall outlets, please note that Type B plug outlets are used by most Mexicans. Type A electrical sockets aren't as commonplace but still used by some hotels in Mexico. If your Kindle Fire charges slowly or does not power up when travelling to Mexico from another country please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally electrical devices which come from another country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) sometimes take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check that the Kindle Fire is dual voltage (you'll find these are normally indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to ensure proper use.

This guide shows you how to connect the Mexican power outlet to the Kindle Fire. This guide assumes you have installed the most recent version of the firmware for the Kindle, however if not please visit Amazon for the latest Kindle Fire update which ensures you have all the latest fixes for your Kindle. For more information visit the Amazon website for the Kindle Fire device support [2] .

Charging a Kindle Fire in Mexico

Can the Kindle Fire be used in Mexico?

You can connect a Kindle Fire to a Mexican power outlet.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging a Kindle Fire in Mexico?

When travelling with more than your Kindle Fire then the best travel charger for Mexico is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Mexicans use two different types of plug sockets (B and A) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the plugs. If your model of Kindle Fire can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, plus support for certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Having a four port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to buy individual power chargers for your Mexican trip or occupying additional power outlets. Only bringing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple phones and tablets and using only a single plug socket.

For those travelling regularly we recommend searching for an adaptable power charger similar to this online, the multipurpose power 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 with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Mexico

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world 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 Mexico 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 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 suitable for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Mexico. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging a Kindle Fire in Mexico?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire from a Mexican power outlet

Instructions on how to recharge your Kindle Fire from a Mexican power outlet with Type B USB connector with a 3 pinned Type A USB adapter.

  1. To power your Kindle Fire from the Mexican power outlet you'll need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Start by inserting the Type A USB power adapter in the Mexican power outlet. This unearthed wall supply, sometimes called a Type A power outlet [3], is identified by two thin adjacent slots next to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins slide into. Type A power outlets in Mexico are less common but might still found in some hotels.
  3. Connect one 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 charging port on a Kindle Fire.
  4. Switch on the Mexican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found in the top corner of the Kindle Fire screen will display a lightning icon which indicates that your tablet is charging.
  6. It will take between approximately 4 hours to 12 hours to fully recharge however this may take longer depending on the model of Kindle Fire you are using, the strength of the power source and if you are using the Kindle whilst charging. Please read the Kindle Fire device support [2] for more details on the charging procedure.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire from a Mexican power outlet

Powering a Kindle Fire with a Mexican power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Using Type B Micro USB cord and a three pin Type B USB adapter to charge a Kindle Fire with a Mexican power outlet.

  1. If you want to power a Kindle Fire using a Mexican power outlet you will need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Plug the Type B USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can recognise the plug outlet by 2 slots with a single semicircle shaped hole below for the ground pin. Type B electrical sockets will be the most common outlets found in Mexico.
  3. Then connect one 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 charging port on a Kindle Fire.
  4. Turn on the Mexican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found in the top corner of the Kindle tablet screen will display a lightning icon which indicates that your device is charging.
  6. It will take between approximately 4 hours to 12 hours to fully recharge however this is likely to take longer depending on the model of Kindle Fire you are using, the charger strength and if you are using the Kindle whilst charging. Please read the Kindle Fire device support [2] for more details on the charging procedure and battery life.
Powering a Kindle Fire with a Mexican power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

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  1. Visitmexico - Visit Mexico Web Site
  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, between $5 to $10 USD (around £1 GBP / under 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, under $10 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$10-C$15).
  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, costing between $5 to $10 USD (£20-£25 GBP / under C$20).
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated cost between $15 to $20 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).