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Not This One, A Much Cheaper Alternative, By AmazonBasics,
This review is from: Kindle Fire PowerBolt Duo USB Car Charger with USB Cable by Kensington (Personal Computers)
Kensington makes excellent products. This Powerbolt Duo car charger is no exception. This Kensington car charger is good for charging the Apple iPad and Amazon Kindle Fire, and it comes with a micro USB cable for the Fire, but it costs $30.
The Kindle Fire requires an electrical charging current of 1.8 A (1800 mA), so only chargers meeting current output of more than 1.8 A can charge it in reasonable amount of time. Many chargers on the market have output current of 2.1A. Make sure you see this specification on the product page. Kensington, Skiva, and Scosche all make car chargers that meet the 2.1 A requirement but are much more expensive.
The least expensive is by AmazonBasics, under $10.
AmazonBasics 2-Port USB Car Charger with 2.1 Amp Output (Black)
You also need a micro USB cable (for charging and data transfer):
AmazonBasics USB Cable - 2.0 A Male to Micro B (6 Feet / 1.8 Meters), $6
This is the kind of cable (USB 2.0 on one end and micro USB on the other) that some reviewers were saying that Amazon should have included in the Fire box. It is used for charging if the connection is between the Fire and a USB charger, or copying files from your computer to the Fire and vice versa, if the connection is between the Fire and your computer.
This charger has two USB ports that share the 2100 mA output, so if you want fast charging, use just one port to charge the Fire/iPad, and leave the other not used by anything else.
This combo costs $16, about half the cost of the Kensignton.
I would only recommend the Kensington if you want to charge the Fire or iPad AND another USB device that consumes less than 1.0 A SIMULTANEOUSLY and don't want to sacrifice charging time. Physically, the Kensington is smaller and also well-made.
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Initial post: Nov 29, 2011 8:59:10 AM PST
THANK YOU! I knew there had to be a better way!
Posted on Dec 1, 2011 3:46:21 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 5, 2011 3:07:33 PM PST
Samantha M.V says:
The amazon basic product looks huge and bulky...I'll go with this kensington one and the 2 year warranty.
BTW, I used another cable (a spare I had in my drawer) with the Kensington powerbolt Duo and my Kindle Fire, and it didn't charge it! But the cable provided with the kensington adapter worked fine so it looks like the cable matters. Does anybody know why some cables work and some don't?
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2011 4:14:39 PM PST
Amazonian Consumer says:
And if you purchase it with the Amazon.com VISA card, or some types (Costco and probably others) of American Express card, you'll get one additional year of coverage.
Posted on Dec 8, 2011 8:03:33 AM PST
An Engineer says:
Some more 10 Watt (aka 2.0 Amp) alternatives from Gomadic:
Rapid Car / Auto Charger for the Amazon Kindle Fire - uses Gomadic TipExchange Technology
High Capacity Rechargeable External Battery Pocket Charger for the Amazon Kindle Fire - uses Gomadic TipExchange Technology
Rapid Wall Home AC International Wall Home AC Charger for the Amazon Kindle Fire - uses Gomadic TipExchange Technology
Gomadic Universal Charging Station for the Amazon Kindle Fire and many other mobile devices - 2nd Generation Design - uses Gomadic TipExchange Technology - 4 tips included
Gomadic ® High Quality MicroUSB to USB Data Sync / Charge Cable for Tablet Devices including HP TouchPad; Kindle Fire and Blackberry Playbook
Essential Gift Bundle Kit for the Amazon Kindle Fire includes USB Cable / Stylus Pen / 10 Watt Car Charger
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 8, 2011 10:53:57 AM PST
Consumer Advocate says:
For the same basic function, these Gomadic products are expensive compared to AmazonBasics, and the quality is unknown.
Posted on Dec 21, 2011 6:40:17 AM PST
Does anyone know if this car charger will work for the Kindle Keyboard? I just got mine and am not familiar yet with all the specs. I'll look at the AmazonBasics version too. Thanks for any responses.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2011 1:01:00 PM PST
Amazonian Consumer says:
The short answer is yes, and I just tried it.
A high current charger CAN charge devices that only require lower level of electrical current. The Kindle Keyboard, for example, requires just 0.85 Amp, although this AmazonBasics charger can provide as much as 2.1 Amp.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2011 3:08:35 PM PST
Thank you for taking the time to reply. Your answer is appreciated.
Posted on Jan 4, 2012 4:34:46 PM PST
K. Smith says:
Thank you for being one of those users that help make it easier for the rest of us. I just got my Fire today and was feeling a little saddened by the lack of items included in box. It makes sense though since they were selling the Fire at a $10 loss hoping to make money on the apps, purchases and Amazon shopping that will likely occur on the Fire device.
Posted on Jan 9, 2012 7:05:39 AM PST
Mary J. McHugh says:
The AmazonBasics charger is now listed for $19.99, not $10. Game changer. Will investigate the other options posted by An Engineer.