How to charge a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in Mexico

Using Type B Micro USB connector with a three pin Type A USB charger to recharge a Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a Mexican power outlet and how to power a Kindle Fire 2nd generation using a Type B power charger.

Mexican power outlet

When packing for a holiday it's useful to know in advance if you'll be able to use any indispensable devices like mobiles and tablets at your hotel. However, without knowing which power supply to expect you may end up either having to bring unnecessary spare adaptors or bring the wrong power adaptor, thereby leaving you having to purchase a suitable adaptor when you're there that might be incompatible. Complicated standards and plugs can all be confusing when planning to stay in a new country if you've never been there before. These guidelines were specifically written to prevent people needing to worry if they can charge the Kindle Fire 2nd generation when travelling abroad.When staying in Mexico the following useful instructions show how to supply power to the Kindle Fire 2nd generation using the standard B or A type 127 volt 60Hz wall outlets, you will find most Mexicans normally use the Type B sockets in their wall outlets. Type A electrical sockets aren't as commonplace but still used by some hotels in Mexico. If the Kindle Fire 2nd generation charges slowly or does not power up when you are travelling to Mexico from a different country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically devices which come from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts can take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check that your device is a dual voltage device (you'll find these are normally indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to ensure proper use.

These instructions show you how to connect the Mexican power outlet to your Kindle Fire HD Second Generation and refers to the Kindle Fire 2nd generation. Please visit the Amazon page for the full list of Amazon Kindle Fire models. You can recognise this Kindle Fire by the volume and power buttons on the sides and the Kindle logo on the rear. These instructions assume that you have installed version 10.5.1 or greater of the Kindle Fire 2nd generation operating system, if you don't we suggest installing the most recent Kindle update which makes sure you have the most up to date fixes for your Kindle. Go to the Amazon website for the Kindle Fire 2nd generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire 2nd generation PDF guide for more information.

Charging a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in Mexico

Can the Kindle Fire 2nd generation be used in Mexico?

Yes, you can use a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in Mexico.

What is the best travel charger for a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in Mexico?

When you are travelling with more than your Kindle Fire 2nd generation the best travel power adapter for Mexico is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [9]. Mexicans use two different standards of wall outlets (types B and A) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type A. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the included heads. If your type of Kindle Fire 2nd generation supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times by using one of these types of power adapters, plus additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port adapter means you can power more than one device at the same time without needing to pack individual travel chargers. Only bringing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage while travelling and on hand for charging your Kindle Fire 2nd generation at the airport or on the plane. Due to their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when you return home so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without needing an additional power outlet.

We suggest searching for this type of versatile power charger at an electronics retailer, the travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [9] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Mexico

The 4 port USB travel charger [9] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the Kindle Fire 2nd generation, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is crucial when visiting counties with unstable power grids. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 compact option for travellers originating from North America visiting Mexico.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise 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 offers almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Mexico.
What is the best travel charger for a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in Mexico?

Powering a Kindle Fire 2nd generation with a Mexican power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Using Type B Micro USB connector with a three pin Type A USB charger to recharge a Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a Mexican power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a Mexican power outlet you will need to use a Type A USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Insert the Type A USB power adapter into the Mexican power outlet. The plug supply (known as the Type A power outlet [3]) can be recognised by the two adjacent slots. Type A power outlets in Mexico might not be as commonplace however are still found in some hotels.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the power adapter and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire 2nd generation. You'll find the USB port on the side of your tablet found next to the HDMI jack.
  4. Turn on the Mexican power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which is found in the top corner of the Kindle Fire 2nd generation screen will display a charge icon which indicates that your device is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire 2nd generation takes around around 5 hours to fully recharge to 100 percent capacity but this is likely to be longer depending on the strength of the power and if you are using the device during recharging. Typically the 7 inch Kindle battery life should last around 8 - 9 hours. Please read the Kindle Fire 2nd generation charging support page [4] for more details on the recharging process.
Powering a Kindle Fire 2nd generation with a Mexican power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a Mexican power outlet

Simple instructions showing how to power your Kindle Fire 2nd generation with a Mexican power outlet with Type B USB cable with a three pinned Type B power charger.

  1. In order to charge a Kindle Fire 2nd generation using the Mexican power outlet you will need a Type B USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Start the process by taking the Type B USB power adapter and inserting it into the Mexican power outlet. The wall supply (sometimes known as a Type B power outlet [7]) is recognised by 2 slots next to each other for live and neutral blades with a hole below for the grounded pin. Type B plug sockets will be the most commonly used sockets in Mexico.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the USB charger and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire 2nd generation. You can find the USB port on the side of the Fire situated next to the HDMI socket.
  4. Switch on the Mexican power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which is found at the top corner of the 7 inch Kindle display will show a lightning bolt icon which indicates that the tablet is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire 2nd generation takes less than 5 hours to fully charge, but this may be longer if you are using the tablet during charging. The battery life on your tablet lasts 8 to 9 hours. Please read the Kindle Fire 2nd generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery times and the charging procedure.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a Mexican power outlet

See also

  1. https://www.visitmexico.com/en - Visit Mexico Web Site
  2. https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&linkCode=ur2&nodeId=201009560&linkId=EHVRDTACVKWJ25RH - Kindle Fire 2nd generation instruction manual
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeA.htm - Type A power outlet
  4. https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&linkCode=ur2&nodeId=201119640&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=BHZDW336CXLI4M7V - Kindle Fire 2nd generation charging support page
  5. Type A USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type A mains power outlet
  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
  7. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeB.htm - Type B power outlet
  8. Type B USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type B mains power outlet
  9. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters