How to charge a Kindle Fire 2nd generation when planning a trip to American Samoa

A guide on how to recharge a Kindle Fire 2nd generation with an American Samoan power outlet with type B Micro USB cord with a Type A power adapter, powering a Kindle Fire 2nd generation using a Type B power charger and how to recharge a Kindle Fire 2nd generation using a two pinned Type F power charger

American Samoan power outlet

If packing for a vacation to American Samoa it's helpful to know in advance if you can power all your common electrical devices at your destination. However, by not knowing which power socket is used in American Samoa you could end up either weighing your bags down with unnecessary adaptors or pack the wrong charger, therefore having to purchase a suitable charger on arrival which might be incompatible. Varying different combinations of standards and plugs can often cause confusion when planning to stay in a different country, especially if you've never been there before. This page contains step by step instructions showing you what you'll need to supply power to the Kindle Fire 2nd generation when staying in American Samoa by using the I, A, B or F type American Samoan 120 volt 60Hz wall outlets, Type I power outlets are typically used by a majority of American Samoans. Power sources will vary regionally therefore please read the Wikiconnections global power supplies page where you'll find a complete list showing destinations. If the Kindle Fire 2nd generation slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when you are visiting American Samoa from another region then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically electrical devices which come from another country which use a higher voltage such as 240 volts may take longer to charge or won't power up, check your Kindle Fire 2nd generation is a dual voltage device (you'll find these are normally indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to ensure proper use.

The following instructions show how to connect the American Samoan power outlet to your Second Generation Kindle Fire HD7 inch and refers to the Kindle Fire 2nd generationfrom the Kindle Fire range. Please visit the Amazon page on WikiConnections where you'll find the full range of the latest Amazon Kindle Fire, Fire HD and Fire HDX models. This version of the Kindle tablet is identified by the volume and power buttons on the sides and the Kindle logo on the rear of the tablet. This guide assumes you are using version 10.5.1 or greater of the Fire operating system for the Kindle Fire 2nd generation, but if you don't visit Amazon for the most recent Kindle Fire 2nd generation update to ensure you have the latest fixes for your Kindle. For further information go to the Amazon.com website for the Kindle Fire 2nd generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire 2nd generation manual.

Charging a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in American Samoa

Can you use a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in American Samoa?

Yes, you can connect a Kindle Fire 2nd generation to an American Samoan power outlet.

American Samoa

What is the best travel adapter for a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in American Samoa?

If travelling to more than one country then the best international travel charger for American Samoa is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. American Samoans use four different standards of plug sockets (I, A, B and F) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type A. As these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the heads over. If your Kindle Fire 2nd generation is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these travel adapters, plus compatibility with more power hungry devices. Unlike other adapters having a 4 port charger means you can charge more than one device at the same time without needing to buy seperate power adapters. Because you are only needing to bring a single lightweight travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage whilst travelling. Because of their space saving versatility these types of adapters can be used back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without needing an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling frequently we suggest buying this type of flexible travel adapter at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for American Samoa

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the Kindle Fire 2nd generation, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both American Samoa and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power converter for travellers originating from North America going to American Samoa using type B plug sockets.
  • 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 America using type B plugs. This gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half the 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 suitable for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting American Samoa. [13]
What is the best travel adapter for a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in American Samoa?

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

A guide on how to recharge a Kindle Fire 2nd generation with an American Samoan power outlet with type B Micro USB cord with a Type A power adapter.

  1. In order to power a Kindle Fire 2nd generation using the American Samoan power outlet you'll need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Begin by taking the Type A USB power adapter and plugging it in the power supply. This plug outlet (technically known as the Type A power outlet [3]) can be recognised by the 2 adjacent slots next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire 2nd generation. At the side of your Kindle situated next to the HDMI connector you can find the USB port.
  4. Turn on the American Samoan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found at the top corner of the Kindle Fire 2nd generation screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is charging.
  6. The Kindle Fire 2nd generation takes approximately less than 5 hours to completely charge but this is likely to take longer if you are using the tablet during charging. Typically the Kindle battery life lasts approximately 8 to 9 hours depending on how you use the tablet. For further information on charging please read the Kindle Fire 2nd generation charging support page [4] for more details on the charging procedure and battery life.
Powering a Kindle Fire 2nd generation with an American Samoan 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 an American Samoan power outlet

Using type B Micro USB cord and a Type B power charger to charge a Kindle Fire 2nd generation with an American Samoan power outlet.

  1. To power the Kindle Fire 2nd generation from an American Samoan power outlet you will need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type B USB power adapter into the American Samoan power outlet. You can identify this power outlet by the 2 slots adjacent to each other where the short twin blades sit with a semicircular hole below for the grounded pin.
  3. Then connect one end of the micro USB Type B cord into the bottom of the mains USB charger 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 7 inch Kindle Fire HD Second Generation situated to the right of the HDMI socket.
  4. Switch on the American Samoan power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which is found in the top corner of the screen will show a charging icon which indicates that your device is charging.
  6. The Kindle takes under 5 hours to fully recharge to 100 percent capacity, however this may be longer if you are using the device during the recharging process. The battery life on the Kindle Fire HD7 Second Generation is 8 - 9 hours. Please read the Kindle Fire 2nd generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery life and the recharging process.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from an American Samoan power outlet

Powering a Kindle Fire 2nd generation with an American Samoan 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 American Samoan power outlet with type B Micro USB cord with a Type F power adapter.

  1. In order to power a Kindle Fire 2nd generation using the American Samoan power outlet you'll need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [10] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Begin by taking the Type F USB power adapter and plugging it in the power supply. You can identify the plug outlet by two 4.8mm circular adjacent holes where the plug outlet pins go and a pair of two thin grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB Type B connector into the mains USB adapter and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire 2nd generation. You'll find the USB port at the side of your Kindle tablet situated next to the HDMI socket.
  4. Switch on the American Samoan power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which appears in the top corner of the Kindle tablet display will show a charging icon which indicates that your tablet is charging.
  6. The Second Generation Kindle Fire HD7" takes less than 5 hours to fully recharge to full capacity, but this may be longer depending on the strength of the power supply and if you are using the device during the recharging process. The battery life on your 7" Kindle lasts 8 - 9 hours depending on use. Please read the Kindle Fire 2nd generation charging support page [4] for more details on the charging process.
Powering a Kindle Fire 2nd generation with an American Samoan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Charging a Kindle Fire 2nd generation from an American Samoan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter

Using type B USB connector with a Type I power adapter to charge a Kindle Fire 2nd generation from an American Samoan power outlet.

  1. To supply power to your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from the American Samoan power outlet you will need a Type I USB power adapter [12] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Begin the process by inserting the Type I USB power adapter in the wall outlet. The plug outlet (technically known as a Type I power outlet [11]) can be identified by the 3 slots for the live, neutral and ground blades.
  3. Connect the USB 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. At the side of the tablet located next to the HDMI output you will find the USB port.
  4. Switch on the American Samoan power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which is found in the top corner of the tablet will show a lightning icon which indicates that the device is charging.
  6. The tablet takes around under 5 hours to fully charge to 100% capacity however this may take longer if you are using the device during the recharging cycle. The Kindle Fire 2nd generation battery life is roughly 8 to 9 hours. For more information please read the Kindle Fire 2nd generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery times.
Charging a Kindle Fire 2nd generation from an American Samoan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - American Samoa Wikipedia web page
  2. Amazon - Kindle Fire 2nd generation instruction manual
  3. iec.ch - Type A power outlet
  4. Amazon - Kindle Fire 2nd generation charging support page
  5. 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 $10 to $15 USD (around £3 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, costs between $5 to $10 USD (£5-£10 GBP / around C$10).
  7. iec.ch - Type B power outlet
  8. 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 $10 to $15 USD (£20-£25 GBP / under C$20).
  9. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  10. 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, between $10 to $15 USD (around £15 GBP / under C$20).
  11. iec.ch - Type I power outlet
  12. Type I USB power adapter - Type I USB chargers use three short flat blades in a V format with the top blade acting as a grounding pin, costing around $10 USD (£20-£25 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  13. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced at around $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).