Charging a Kindle Fire 2nd generation when staying in Brazil

Instructions showing how to charge your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a Brazilian power outlet by using Type B USB micro cord with a Type C Europlug USB charger and powering a Kindle Fire 2nd generation using a three pin Type N power plug.

Brazilian power outlet

Brazil uses 2 different types of voltage depending on the location - both 127 volts and 240 volts. Always ensure that you familiarise yourself with the voltage of the outlet prior to using any electrical appliance in a Brazilian power outlet. Instructions on this page assume that you understand which voltage you will be using, however the safest option is always to use a dual voltage device or appliance.

If organizing a trip to Brazil it can be useful to know if you'll be able to charge your common electronics like cell phones and laptop computers that you'll be bringing along. Without knowing which wall socket is used in Brazil you are likely to bring the wrong power charger, therefore having to purchase a suitable adaptor when you need to recharge. Complicated standards and plugs can all be confusing when planning to visit another country if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of standards being used in the world this guide tells you exactly what to purchase in advance to charge the Kindle Fire 2nd generation in Brazil. If you are staying in Brazil this page contains instructions showing you how to charge your Kindle Fire 2nd generation by using the Type N or C Brazilian 60Hz power outlets, please be aware Type N plug outlets are normally used by a majority of Brazilians. If the Kindle Fire 2nd generation charges slowly or does not power up when travelling to Brazil from a different country please check that it is compatible with a Brazilian power supply. Typically devices which originate from another country which use a higher voltage such as 240 volts may take longer to charge or won't turn on, check that the device is dual voltage (normally marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to ensure proper use.

The following guide shows you how to connect the Brazilian power outlet to the Fire and this page refers to the Kindle Fire 2nd generationfrom the Kindle Fire series. Please ensure these instructions relate to your Kindle Fire model, visit the Amazon page to see the full range of the latest Amazon Kindle Fire, Fire HD and Fire HDX models. This Kindle Fire version is identified by the power and volume buttons on the sides and the Kindle logo on the back. These instructions assume you have installed Fire OS version 10.5.1 or greater for the Kindle Fire 2nd generation, if not please visit Amazon for the most recent Kindle Fire 2nd generation update which makes sure you have the most up to date fixes for your Kindle. For further information go to Amazon for the Kindle Fire 2nd generation instruction manual [2] or download the Kindle Fire 2nd generation manual.

Charging a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in Brazil

Can you use a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in Brazil?

Yes, you can connect a Kindle Fire 2nd generation to a Brazilian power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

Brazil

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

When travelling with more than your Kindle Fire 2nd generation the best travel power adapter for Brazil is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Brazilians use two different standards of wall outlets (types N and C) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the heads over. If your Kindle Fire 2nd generation can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these types of USB power chargers, along with support for more power demanding devices.

This will allow you to recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring individual power adapters on your Brazilian trip or occupying additional wall sockets. Only needing to bring a single travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Due to their space saving versatility these types of chargers can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers without using up an additional wall outlet.

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

Alternative travel adapter for Brazil

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, 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 can be crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Brazil and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Brazil using type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs. This gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 Brazil. [9]
What is the best travel charger for recharging a Kindle Fire 2nd generation in Brazil?

Powering a Kindle Fire 2nd generation with a Brazilian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Instructions showing how to charge your Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a Brazilian power outlet by using Type B USB micro cord with a Type C Europlug USB charger.

  1. To supply power to the Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a Brazilian power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Insert the Type C USB power adapter into the Brazilian power outlet. This plug outlet (known as the Type C power outlet [3] or Europlug) is recognised by 2 round adjacent holes for live and neutral pins. Prior to January 2010 older buildings may be installed with this power supply.
  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 tablet found next to the HDMI socket.
  4. Turn on the Brazilian power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which appears in the top corner of the Kindle Fire 2nd generation will display a charge icon to indicate that your device is charging.
  6. The tablet takes approximately less than 5 hours to completely recharge to full capacity, however this may take longer depending on the power strength and if you are using the tablet during the recharging process. Typically the battery life on the Kindle Fire 2nd generation is 8 to 9 hours. Please read the Kindle Fire 2nd generation charging support page [4] for more details on the recharging procedure and battery life.
Powering a Kindle Fire 2nd generation with a Brazilian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Charging a Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a Brazilian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type N USB adapter

Using Type B Micro USB cable with a three pin Type N power charger to recharge a Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a Brazilian power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to a Kindle Fire 2nd generation from the Brazilian power outlet you will need to buy a Type N USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Start by taking the Type N USB power adapter and inserting it in the Brazilian power outlet. The hexagon shaped plug outlet, sometimes known as the Type N power outlet [7], can be identified by 3 round holes in a triangular pattern for live, neutral and ground. Please note that since January 2010 all buildings will use this power supply.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB Type B cable into the USB power adapter and the other end into the USB port on a Kindle Fire 2nd generation. You can find the USB port at the side of the Fire situated next to the HDMI socket.
  4. Switch on the Brazilian 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 approximately around 5 hours to completely recharge to 100 percent capacity however this is likely to take longer depending on the power strength and if you are using the device during the recharging cycle. Typically the battery life on the Kindle Fire 2nd generation is around 8 to 9 hours depending on how you use the tablet. For further information please read the Kindle Fire 2nd generation charging support page [4] for more details on battery life and the charging process.
Charging a Kindle Fire 2nd generation from a Brazilian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type N USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia.org entry about Brazil
  2. Amazon - Kindle Fire 2nd generation instruction manual
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Amazon - Kindle Fire 2nd generation charging support page
  5. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, estimated price between $10 to $15 USD (£10-£15 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 (around £5 GBP / under C$15).
  7. iec.ch - Type N power outlet
  8. Type N USB power adapter - The three 4mm rounded pins on a grounded Brazilian Type N USB charger form a flattened triangular pattern, estimated cost under $15 USD (£35-£40 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  9. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, around $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).