Well, I chatted with an Amazon rep and explained what happened. They gave me a credit. I could have cancelled the order and resubmitted, but I wanted to at least make someone aware of this.
I know it's common practice. However, when the product page for the Fire states, "System Requirements: None. Kindle Fire HD is ready to use right out of the box - no setup, no software to install, no computer required to download content", it is somewhat misleading. The charging cable that comes in the box is just that - a cable. You would need to connect it to a PC to charge it. As far as I am concerned, charging the kindle is a requirement! :P
A little disappointed. After already pre-ordering the Fire HD 7", I read that it comes only with a usb charging cable to the PC. However, the specs on the FireHD site say that there are no system requirements as the Kindle does not rely on the PC. Isn't charging the unit a requirement???
I actually pre-ordered the Kindle Fire HD and the adapter at the same time. The price for the adapter changed at checkout from $19.99 to $9.97--not too bad I guess. I was advised buy a chat advisor to do this for the extra savings.
I have a Flip wall charger that I use all the time with my iPod Touch 4th gen. Probably won't work with this as it is only 5W 1A but of course I'll try it anyway. My cable box also has a USB port which I use to charge my PS3 dualshocks, and those things are finicky. So USB ports are available. Also, who is using Amazon without a PC at either work or home? I can't imagine a ton of people buying a Fire if they don't have a PC.
That said - a wall charger really should come in the box, 13.5 hours for a USB charge is FRICKIN' insane. "Charges in approximately 13.5 hours from your computer via the included USB charging cable" You can't even charge it all night while you are sleeping unless you plug it in right after dinner to have it ready after breakfast the next day. Not good.
It is when that charger charges up the Fire 2 quicker. Besides that... those cables cost pennies to Amazon... but they aren't including proper chargers? That's wrong. If it is meant to be without a PC, then it shouldn't require a PC to charge. Frackin' stupid.