How to charge the Kindle Fire when staying in Chile

Using Micro USB Type B connector with a Europlug Type C power charger to recharge your Kindle Fire from a Chilean power outlet and how to charge a Kindle Fire using a Type L power plug.

Chilean power outlet

If packing for a vacation it can be useful to know in advance if you can charge any electronics like mobiles or laptop computers when you get there. However without knowing which plug socket is being used you are likely to bring the wrong power adaptor, therefore leaving you having to buy or borrow a suitable charger when you arrive. Varying different combinations of standards and plugs can all cause confusion when planning on staying in another country, especially for the first time traveller. When visiting Chile the following instructions show powering your Kindle Fire using their Type L or C 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets, most Chileans will normally use the Type L plug outlets. If visiting Chile from another region please make sure that the Kindle Fire can accept a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v check that your device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to avoid the device from overheating when powering up.

The following page shows how to connect the Chilean power outlet to your tablet. This guide assumes you have installed the most recent version of the operating system for the Fire, but if you don't we suggest installing the latest Kindle Fire firmware update which ensures you have the latest fixes for your tablet. For further information go to Amazon for the Kindle Fire device support [2] .

Charging a Kindle Fire in Chile

Can the Kindle Fire be used in Chile?

You can connect a Kindle Fire to a Chilean power outlet by using a power convertor.

What is the best power charger for a Kindle Fire in Chile?

If travelling to more than one country then the best international travel power adapter for Chile to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different standards of wall outlets in Chile (types L and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by changing the supplied heads over. If your model of Kindle Fire can support Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port adapter means you can charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy individual power chargers. Because you are only bringing a single travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple phones, tablets and speakers with only a single wall outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of versatile travel adapter online, the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Chile

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, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North 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 option for travellers originating from North America going to Chile using 3 pinned type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise 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 is a more cost effective alternative to 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 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Chile. [8] [AD]
What is the best power charger for a Kindle Fire in Chile?

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

A page on how to power your Kindle Fire from a Chilean power outlet with type B USB cord and a Type C power charger.

  1. In order to charge the Kindle Fire from the Chilean power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Start the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it into the Chilean power outlet. You can identify this power supply by 2 round adjacent holes.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the type B USB cord into the USB power charger and the other end into the USB charging port on a Kindle Fire.
  4. Switch on the Chilean power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which appears at the top corner of the tablet display will display a lightning icon which indicates that your tablet is charging.
  6. It takes between roughly 4 hours to 12 hours to completely charge however this may be longer depending on the model of Kindle you are charging, the strength of the power charger and if you are using the device during recharging. For further information on charging the Kindle tablet please read the Kindle Fire device support [2] for more details on the recharging process and battery times.
Powering a Kindle Fire with a Chilean power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Charging a Kindle Fire from a Chilean power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type L USB adapter

Using type B USB connector and a Type L power charger to recharge your Kindle Fire from a Chilean power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the Kindle Fire from the Chilean power outlet you'll need to use a Type L USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Start the process by taking the Type L USB power adapter and plugging it into the Chilean power outlet. The flattened hexagon shaped plug outlet, technically known as the Type L power outlet [6], can be recognised by the three large circular adjecent holes forming a line. Please note there are two variations of Type L power supply rated for 10 amps and 16 amps. A 10 amp wall supply has 4mm pins spaced 5.5mm apart and a 16 amp version has larger 5mm pins spaced 8mm apart.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the type B USB cord into the USB power charger and the other end into the USB charging port on a Kindle Fire.
  4. Switch on the Chilean power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which appears at the top corner of the Fire display will display a lightning icon which indicates that your tablet is charging.
  6. It takes between roughly 4 hours to 12 hours to completely charge but this is likely to take longer depending on the model of Kindle you are charging, the strength of the power charger and if you are using the device during recharging. For further information on charging the Kindle tablet please read the Kindle Fire device support [2] for more details on the recharging process and battery times.
Charging a Kindle Fire from a Chilean power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type L USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Chilean Wikipedia page
  2. Amazon - Kindle Fire device support
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, costs between $10 to $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).
  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, costing under $10 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$10-C$15).
  6. iec.ch - Type L power outlet
  7. Type L USB power adapter - Earthed Type L USB chargers comprise of three 4mm pins placed in parallel 5.5mm apart, priced under $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$15-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 (under £15 GBP / under C$20).