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AxAx
01-16-2011, 08:31 AM
Hello, I have this kindle(http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003DZ1Y8Q) and I will be going to europe soon. Can I charge my kindle from 220volt AC plug? do I need a converter or transformer to drop the voltage down?

HarryT
01-16-2011, 08:41 AM
No, you don't need a voltage converter; the Kindle's USB charger will happily work from the European 230v mains power. All you'll need is a plug adapter.

rcuadro
01-16-2011, 08:54 AM
All you'll need is a plug adapter.

Harry is 100% correct. I have taken devices from the US and gone overseas and the adapters take care of all the voltage conversions and they also have the plugs to fit the outlets that you find overseas.

Keep in mind that the outlets are different in some countries...

FF2
01-16-2011, 11:33 AM
Another thing to consider when getting adapter plugs - some countries or inns use what I'd call recessed sockets - so that some of the adapter plugs are too large/wide to fit into the recess - find a set with small diameter plugs.

HarryT
01-16-2011, 11:36 AM
Another option - and one which might well be just as cheap - would be to buy a USB charger in whatever country it is you're visiting.

AxAx
01-16-2011, 04:58 PM
so I just plug this(http://www.amazon.com/American-European-Outlet-Plug-Adapter/dp/B0012S304W) into the outlet and than plug my adapter to it?

Pushka
01-16-2011, 05:24 PM
so I just plug this(http://www.amazon.com/American-European-Outlet-Plug-Adapter/dp/B0012S304W) into the outlet and than plug my adapter to it?

and about buying an usb charger, I'm not sure I can trust a random usb charger, to charge my precious device

You can, the kindle 3 is far more adaptable than the kindle 2 was.

terencek
01-16-2011, 05:53 PM
The Kindle will happily accept input from virtually any USB charger -- including those 12volt varieties you plug into a car cigarette lighter, no problem.

AxAx
01-16-2011, 05:57 PM
I still do not want to put too much strain on its internal regulation. At least not yet, I just got it few days ago.

FF2
01-16-2011, 06:02 PM
so I just plug this(http://www.amazon.com/American-European-Outlet-Plug-Adapter/dp/B0012S304W) into the outlet and than plug my adapter to it?

and about buying an usb charger, I'm not sure I can trust a random usb charger, to charge my precious device

That certainly is the size that would fit into recessed sockets.

BUT, as mentioned above somewhere - different countries or areas of Western Europe have different sockets. The **SET** I have has plugs labeled more or less "Northern Europe" and "Southern Europe" and since it has been two years, I don't recall if Germany and/or Austria and/or Italy varied but I believe two of those countries used DIFFERENT plugs.

And I/we were always shuffling usb adapters since my Blackberry used a micro and my camera, gps used the minis. Enough wiring and adapters and electronics to phase airport security but strange as it seems, it never triggered any hand inspections at that time. Hiking poles and carabiners were in checked. The titanium hip was hand inspected and groped!

Tiersten
01-16-2011, 06:03 PM
I still do not want to put too much strain on its internal regulation. At least not yet, I just got it few days ago.
The charger does the voltage regulation. Not the Kindle. The Kindle only wants 5V and the charger is what provides this.

FF2
01-16-2011, 08:00 PM
I'm a bit curious now about adapter plugs for "over there"

Any Europeans in this thread that can explain/expand on the size/shape of adapters/sockets. Going to the web and searching, I'm generally only finding one-size/shape. Is this now true?

Tiersten
01-16-2011, 08:34 PM
Any Europeans in this thread that can explain/expand on the size/shape of adapters/sockets. Going to the web and searching, I'm generally only finding one-size/shape. Is this now true?
The basic European plug (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Europlug) is something that has two pins and the pins are cylindrical in shape. The variation is how the ground connection is done. Some have it as another pin in the middle of the existing two (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:L_plug.jpg). Some have it as a pin thats offset from the existing two pins (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:K_plug_typical.jpg). Some have it as a socket on the plug and the ground pin is actually on the wall (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:French_plug_and_socket.jpg). Some have it as a metal strip (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schuko) that runs along the top and bottom side of the plug that touches the a contact in the socket.

Everybody uses something similar to that two rounded pin design in Europe except for a handful of countries and thats the UK or have/had substantial ties to the UK. They use a plug that has rectangular pins and you always get the ground pin and a fuse (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BS_1363). The UK plug is a good design but the drawbacks are that its pretty big and its like a caltrop (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caltrop) if you leave a cable lying around on the floor. I've trodden on a few over the years and its always painful.

AxAx
01-17-2011, 08:57 AM
Thanks alot everyone for info. Yet I'm still bit confused.

I just arrived and plug looks like this
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/ef/Schuko_plug_and_socket.png/800px-Schuko_plug_and_socket.png
I bough this today. The local store I bough that black thing said, if my device was dual voltage it should work fine.
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/21izAYa7vzL._SL500_AA300_.jpg
and ofc I have this
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41gtB3JrBoL._SL500_AA300_.jpg

So I just plug that black thing to wall than plug my kindle adapter to that black thingy right?

RexGalore
01-17-2011, 09:04 AM
Thanks alot everyone for info. Yet I'm still bit confused.

I just arrived and plug looks like this
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/ef/Schuko_plug_and_socket.png/800px-Schuko_plug_and_socket.png
I bough this today. The local store I bough that black thing said, if my device was dual voltage it should work fine.
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/21izAYa7vzL._SL500_AA300_.jpg
and ofc I have this
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41gtB3JrBoL._SL500_AA300_.jpg

So I just plug that black thing to wall than plug my kindle adapter to that black thingy right?

Right you are! It's as easy as that!:thumbsup:

HarryT
01-17-2011, 09:11 AM
Yes. That's all you have to do.

Kumabjorn
01-17-2011, 10:45 AM
If you are staying in a (fairly reputable) hotel then there will usually be a shaver outlet in the bathroom that takes bout European and US plugs, then you won't even need a plug adapter.

HarryT
01-17-2011, 10:51 AM
True, but a plug adapter's a useful thing to have anyway - eg for charging your laptop.

Bookworm_Girl
01-17-2011, 11:22 AM
Just a friendly tip that I always pack the adapter in my carry-on so I can still charge my phone, laptop and other items if my check-in luggage is lost. Also if you forget to pack it, often they have stores outside customs before you exit the airport terminal that sell them. And, sometimes the hotel desk will have a spare to borrow. It's a good idea to have more than one if you have multiple items to charge. I usually take two adapters since they are small.

FF2
01-17-2011, 12:29 PM
Tiersten:

Thanks for the explanation and links.

HarryT
01-17-2011, 12:49 PM
Just a friendly tip that I always pack the adapter in my carry-on so I can still charge my phone, laptop and other items if my check-in luggage is lost. Also if you forget to pack it, often they have stores outside customs before you exit the airport terminal that sell them. And, sometimes the hotel desk will have a spare to borrow. It's a good idea to have more than one if you have multiple items to charge. I usually take two adapters since they are small.

Being a person who normally has multiple chargeable devices, I always have in my suitcase a 4-socket "power strip". That way, I can use the plug adapter on the power strip's plug, and just plug the other stuff into the "normal" sockets on the power strip.

Bookworm_Girl
01-17-2011, 01:23 PM
Being a person who normally has multiple chargeable devices, I always have in my suitcase a 4-socket "power strip". That way, I can use the plug adapter on the power strip's plug, and just plug the other stuff into the "normal" sockets on the power strip.

That's a good tip too. I've seen some compact ones at the store. Thanks!

screwballl
01-17-2011, 02:57 PM
Look at the end of the white Kindle adapter plug between the metal spokes, it should say
Input: 100-240V~0.15A 50-60Hz

The US uses 110-120V 60Hz, most of Europe uses 220-240V, 50Hz
So the small black adapter shown is the only additional item needed (for the Kindle charger, be sureto look at the Input voltage of other devices you bought, some may be 110-120V only which will need a voltage converter).

twowheels
01-17-2011, 04:07 PM
And, sometimes the hotel desk will have a spare to borrow.

I was recently in a country that used a plug style different than my adapter. I asked for one when I checked in and they said that they'd send one right up. When I got to my room I found that they had a few outlets compatible with US plugs, and the Kindle USB charger (which I was using for my cell phone as well) said that it handled a wide enough voltage range to work on their voltage. My Kindle didn't need charging, but my phone survived. :-)

desertblues
01-17-2011, 04:22 PM
Being a person who normally has multiple chargeable devices, I always have in my suitcase a 4-socket "power strip". That way, I can use the plug adapter on the power strip's plug, and just plug the other stuff into the "normal" sockets on the power strip.

Right: that's what I always take with me on a trip. I shopped for the smallest 3-socket one. My husband also has one, with a 2 meter cord, and we carry it in our handluggage, together with one plug adapter.:thumbsup: