Charging your Kindle Fire from a power outlet in Panama

Using type B USB micro connector with a three pinned Type A power adapter to recharge your Kindle Fire with a Panamanian power outlet and recharging a Kindle Fire using a 3 pin Type B USB plug.

Panamanian power outlet

Various combinations of region codes and voltages can often be confusing when planning on travelling to a foreign country, especially to the first time traveller. This guide has been written to prepare travellers wanting to power the Kindle Fire when they're travelling to Panama.This page is a useful guide showing you exactly what you'll need to power the Kindle Fire when you're travelling to Panama using the standard B or A type Panamanian 120 volt 60Hz plug outlets. If the Kindle Fire charges slowly or does not power up when you are visiting Panama from another region then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Devices which originated from a different country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) may take longer to charge or won't turn on, check that your Kindle Fire is a dual voltage device (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to ensure proper use.

The following instructions show you how to connect the Panamanian power outlet to the tablet. This guide assumes that you have installed the most recent version of Fire OS for the tablet, but if not we recommend installing the latest Kindle Fire software update to ensure you have the most up to date set of features for your device. For more information visit the Amazon.com site for the Kindle Fire device support [2] .

Charging a Kindle Fire in Panama

Can you use a Kindle Fire in Panama?

You can use a Kindle Fire in Panama.

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

If you are travelling to more than one country or bringing more than just your Kindle Fire then the best international travel adapter for Panama is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Panamanians use two different types of power outlets (B and A) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type A. As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world simply by changing the plugs over. If your type of Kindle Fire supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times with one of these types of USB power adapters plus additional support for certain power hungry devices.

Unlike other travel chargers having a 4 port charger will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy seperate travel chargers for your Panamanian trip. Because you are only packing a single international travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage. Because of their versatility these types of power adapters can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers with just a single wall outlet.

If you travel on a regular basis we suggest searching for this type of flexible power adapter at your preferred electronics retailer. The travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Panama

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices using USB, however for those 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 useful when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from North America visiting Panama using 3 pinned type B plug sockets.
  • 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 from North America using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just 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 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Panama. [8] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for recharging a Kindle Fire in Panama?

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

Using type B USB micro connector with a three pinned Type A power adapter to recharge your Kindle Fire with a Panamanian power outlet.

  1. To power the Kindle Fire using the Panamanian power outlet you'll need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Plug the Type A USB power adapter into the power supply. This ungrounded wall outlet (known as the Type A power outlet [3]) is identified by two slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral blades.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB Micro Type B cable into the bottom of the mains power adapter and the other end into the USB charging port on a Kindle Fire.
  4. Switch on the Panamanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found at the top corner of the Kindle tablet screen will display a charging icon which indicates that the tablet is charging.
  6. It will take between approximately 4 hours to 12 hours to completely 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. For more information please read the Kindle Fire device support [2] for more details on the charging procedure.
Powering a Kindle Fire with a Panamanian 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 Panamanian power outlet

A guide showing how to charge your Kindle Fire from a Panamanian power outlet with type B USB micro connector with a Type B power adapter.

  1. If you want to charge a Kindle Fire from the Panamanian power outlet you will need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Begin by taking the Type B USB power adapter and plugging it into the Panamanian power outlet. This power outlet (known as a Type B power outlet [6]) is identified by 2 slots for live and neutral blades with a semicircle hole below for the slightly long ground pin.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the USB charging port on a Kindle Fire.
  4. Turn on the Panamanian power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which appears in the top corner of the tablet screen will show a charge icon which indicates that your device is charging.
  6. It takes between roughly 4 hours to 12 hours to fully charge to full capacity however this is likely to be longer depending on the type of Kindle Fire you have, the strength of the power source and if you are using the tablet whilst charging. Please read the Kindle Fire device support [2] for more details on the recharging procedure and battery life.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire from a Panamanian power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Panamanian country Wiki page
  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 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, between $5 to $10 USD (around £20 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, between $15 to $20 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).