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Can I charge my Fire from USB connected to my MAC?

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Initial post: Nov 17, 2011 2:29:24 PM PST
When I connect my fire to my laptop, I have an option to use the Fire as a remote disk. Once I end that, I would expect the laptop to charge the computer, but it does not seem to work? Can I use my laptop to charge my Fire?


Posted on Nov 17, 2011 2:34:42 PM PST
Greg Wright says:

Posted on Nov 17, 2011 2:35:03 PM PST
Malachi says:
Why do you say it does not work?

Tablets require more power than a USB data port can typically deliver. As such, tablets will limit themselves to a 500mA draw when attached to a data port. This won't be enough to run the tablet and simultaneously charge it. Though, it should charge while sleeping.

Posted on Nov 17, 2011 2:43:22 PM PST
LSE says:
So can use any standard USB cable to connect my Fire to my computer?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2011 2:45:04 PM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Yes you can but it will take quite a bit longer to charge than to use the supplied charger that came with it.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2011 2:45:37 PM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Yes, any standard microUSB cable.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2011 11:53:23 AM PST
When I use a USB cable to connect my Fire to my MacBook Pro it does not recognize it, it does not show up in Finder as a device. Why not? Do I need a specific type of cable? Additional software?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2011 12:46:19 PM PST
Bruce, why don't you just use the charger that came with it? Its output is 1.8A which will fully charge your fire in 3 to 4 hours. Why make problems for yourself.

Posted on Nov 20, 2011 3:43:58 PM PST
Yes, but your Mac will report you to Apple.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2011 11:25:20 AM PST
Richard says:
HA! Nice one.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2011 1:07:37 PM PST
Derek P. says:
It would be more convenient to use an existing open USB port w/cable rather than run a separate AC adapter.

Posted on Dec 1, 2011 3:45:50 PM PST
Mary McManus says:
When I sideloaded files onto my Fire, it showed up in the Finder on my Macbook Pro. Not sure why yours wouldn't. I have not tried to charge it that way, much easier to just plug it into the wall at night. I can't use it while I'm sleeping so it's kind of a no-brainer as far as I'm concerned. Using a USB port on the computer to charge would be annoying.

Posted on Jan 23, 2012 7:12:20 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 23, 2012 7:15:05 AM PST
Adam says:
The assumption that the Kindle Fire will not charge from USB is in error. This is the case only when in an active mode as the amount the USB connection is capable of delivering is only .5A. HOWEVER, when the device is in a low-power mode (such as off, or asleep) the amount used is less than what is brought across the line. This is akin to a trickle-charge process. The battery will charge, albeit slowly and at a noticeably reduced rate in comparison to charging it off the wall. Math is a bit much to go into here, but expect double charge-times or so when utilizing this method.

Keep in mind overall though to achieve a good charge, the lower power usage state the device is in in such a scenario the better. Thus, turn the kindle off if possible.

Posted on Jan 25, 2012 7:04:35 PM PST
Linda Thomas says:
Thanks All---I didn't even have to type my question to get the answer !!

Posted on May 28, 2012 4:27:04 PM PDT
kind of off topic but my fire doesn't operate properly while charging. I used to be able to plug it in and still use it while it was charging, now it acts all wonky if I try. It responds oddly to touch, skips around or just ignores the touch. This happens with 2 different but same factory supplied chargers. Both worked fine initially but now this oddness. Of note, if I plug into my laptop via the USB cable it doesn't behave that way. I have been told to hold the power button in for 60 seconds and then start it up and that should take care of it but no dice.

Posted on Dec 24, 2012 8:04:03 PM PST
I only got a USB cord iwth my Kindle fire can I use the connector that came with my original kindle and plug the usb cord into that power plug
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