Charging the Kindle Fire when planning a trip to Colombia

Instructions showing you how to power a Kindle Fire from a Colombian power outlet with USB Micro type B connector with a three pinned Type A power adapter and recharging a Kindle Fire using a 3 pin Type B power charger.

Colombian power outlet

Various combinations of frequencies and standards can often be daunting when planning on visiting another country for the first time traveller. These instructions have been specifically written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge your Kindle Fire when you're travelling abroad.If visiting Colombia these instructions show how to supply power to your Kindle Fire by using their standard Type B or A Colombian 110 volt 60Hz power outlets. If your Kindle Fire slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when travelling to Colombia from a different country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Electrical devices which originate from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 240 volts can take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check the device is dual voltage (you'll find these are usually marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power converter to ensure proper use.

This list of instructions shows how to connect the Colombian power outlet to the Fire. These recommendations assume you are using the most recent version of Fire OS for the tablet, however if you don't please visit Amazon for the latest Kindle Fire software update which makes sure you have the most up-to-date set of features for your tablet. Go to the support website at Amazon for the Kindle Fire device support [2] for further information.

Charging a Kindle Fire in Colombia

Can you use a Kindle Fire in Colombia?

You can use a Kindle Fire in Colombia.

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

When travelling with more than just your Kindle Fire the best international travel adapter for Colombia is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different types of power outlets that Colombians use (B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the heads. If your Kindle Fire can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers, and additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets.

This means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power adapters for your Colombian trip or using up additional power sockets. Only packing a single lightweight travel charger will keep the weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage while travelling as well as being suitable for charging your Kindle Fire at the airport or on your flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones with just a single power outlet.

For those travelling to Colombia we suggest searching for this type of flexible travel charger online - the travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Colombia

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, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Colombia and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from America going to Colombia using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs and is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more flexible 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 Colombia. [8] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for a Kindle Fire in Colombia?

How to use a Type A power charger for charging your Kindle Fire from a Colombian power outlet

Instructions showing you how to power a Kindle Fire from a Colombian power outlet with USB Micro type B connector with a three pinned Type A power adapter.

  1. If you want to power your Kindle Fire from a Colombian 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. Start by taking the Type A USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. This unearthed power outlet (sometimes called the Type A power outlet [3]) is identified by the 2 thin slots next to each other.
  3. Connect one end of the Type B USB Micro cable into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the USB charging port on a Kindle Fire.
  4. Switch on the Colombian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top corner of the Fire screen will display a charging icon which indicates that the tablet is charging.
  6. It will take between roughly 4 hours to 12 hours to fully charge, however this is likely to be longer depending on the model of tablet you are using, the strength of the power and if you are using the tablet during the charging process. For further information please read the Kindle Fire device support [2] for more details on the recharging procedure.
How to use a Type A power charger for charging your Kindle Fire from a Colombian power outlet

Charging a Kindle Fire from a Colombian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Using USB Micro type B cord with a Type B USB charger to charge your Kindle Fire with a Colombian power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your Kindle Fire from a Colombian power outlet you will need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type B USB power adapter into the Colombian power outlet. This plug supply (sometimes known as the Type B power outlet [6]) is identified by the 2 thin slots next to each other for live and neutral blades with a single hole below for the earth pin.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the USB power adapter and the other end into the USB charging port on a Kindle Fire.
  4. Turn on the Colombian power outlet.
  5. The battery symbol which is found at the top corner of the Kindle tablet screen will show a charging icon to indicate that your device is charging.
  6. It takes between approximately 4 hours to 12 hours to completely recharge to full capacity but this may take longer depending on the type of Kindle Fire you have, the charger strength and if you are using the Kindle during charging. For more information on charging please read the Kindle Fire device support [2] for more details on battery life and the recharging procedure.
Charging a Kindle Fire from a Colombian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Colombia page on Wikipedia
  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, priced at around $5 USD (around £1 GBP / C$25-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, costing between $5 to $10 USD (around £5 GBP / under 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, costs under $10 USD (£20-£25 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, estimated cost between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).