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Initial post: Jan 19, 2012, 3:13:50 PM PST
Ray S says:
I have a Kindle Fire. Amazon says it can be charged from a USB port. Can it be charged using a wall charger or a car charger for a Verizon Samsung Galexy phone? The connector is a mini USB same as the Kindle supplied charger.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 19, 2012, 3:14:21 PM PST
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Posted on Jan 19, 2012, 3:25:58 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 19, 2012, 3:27:47 PM PST
D. Robinson says:
I charge mine with my cell phone car charger all the time (Verizon something-or-other). Haven't had a problem yet.

Edit: I have a Kindle 2, not a Fire. If Amazon says it's OK, go ahead.

Posted on Jan 19, 2012, 6:18:03 PM PST
I just used a blackberry charger to charge my KK at work.

Posted on Jan 19, 2012, 7:34:15 PM PST
partyofseven says:
My motorola mini USB charger wouldn't work and neither will my Samsung mini USB. .

Posted on Jan 19, 2012, 7:37:53 PM PST
Mini's don't work. You have to use micro USB.

Posted on Jan 19, 2012, 7:44:03 PM PST
My LG Accolade charger will work. It's micro, not mini.

Posted on Jan 20, 2012, 11:06:21 AM PST
PS56k says:
anything will work that fits the connector...

the only difference will be the charging rate - based upon what your charger can supply. they will all be 5v at some "ma" rating. The higher the "ma" rating the better. A normal USB port can supply 5v at 500ma, or .50A. Anything more is gravy.

Our Kindle charger is rated at Output 5v @ .85A (tiny print on AC plug area)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 20, 2012, 11:15:26 AM PST
readerKatya says:
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Posted on Jan 20, 2012, 11:20:04 AM PST
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PS56k says:
@ readerKatya says:
even if it fits, it could cause damage..
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BS -
there must be other reasons for the issues, like jamming in the wrong connector - very basic electronics will dictate how the chargers work...

it's like the difference between using different size batteries.... AAA vs D cell - both are 1.5v with only the "capacity" being different. it's the "pressure" or "voltage" that must be exactly the same.... the amps are the capacity to deliver.

I have a Belkin charger I use for everything... it's rated at 5v and 2.1 AMPS - that's 2,100ma - chargers everything from tiny iPod nanos, to Blackberry, to Nook, to all my Kindles.... and the iPad

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 20, 2012, 11:26:17 AM PST
Erich says:
Nope... there's lots of errors here.

The Fire uses the micro-B USB standard. It's is a very specific "volt/size/shape", but it's also a standard "volt/size/shape" that is commonly used in many portable devices, cell phones, and such. The standard specifies running at 5V. The amp rating will vary from charger to charger, but that only effects the RATE of charging, not compatibility.

Any charger or cable that is a micro-B USB will work just fine on the Fire, and every other Kindle (except the very 1st generation, which used a mini USB port). I use the same micro-B USB cables to charge my Fire, KK, android smartphone, Tom Tom GPS, bluetooth earpiece, Kindle Touch, etc.

I don't know exactly what happened to your relative's Fire, but if she used a micro-B USB cable, the problem wasn't caused by incorrectly using the wrong type of cable. It also shouldn't have voided the warranty...

Insane amount of further detail here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Micro_usb#Mini_and_Micro_connectors

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 20, 2012, 11:29:34 AM PST
Bjeans says:
Name or link? I see quite of few Belkins on Amazon. Thanks.

Posted on Jan 20, 2012, 11:36:43 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 20, 2012, 11:37:48 AM PST
PS56k says:
@ Bjeans says: Name or link? I see quite of few Belkins on Amazon. Thanks.
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it looks like this one - I went for the most amps output - it comes with an Apple docking cable, so you need to have another USB cable for your specific devices.... I have several for - mini & micro -

Belkin USB Wall Charger With 4ft Sync Cable

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 20, 2012, 12:04:19 PM PST
Bjeans says:
Thanks. So how is this different from the 4-ft charger that comes with the iPad 2? (I actually bought their 6-foot one too, since 4 feet means practically hanging over the edge of the bed or the kitchen table to use the ipad.)

And how is it useful for Kindle devices that come with their own cables/plugs already? It's not clear from the photos.

(Btw, if you click on "Reply to this post," at the bottom the post you're responding to, we can see who you're responding to by clicking on "in reply to an earlier post" at the top of your post. Clear as mud?)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 20, 2012, 12:19:40 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 20, 2012, 10:49:11 PM PST
PS56k says:
hmm - never noticed the effects of the "reply to this post" - clicked this time - ok, will have to remember to click on that vs just the reply.

anyway - I don't actually have any Apple devices... the iPad is sometimes brought home from our school, and I just thought it would be nice to have some really heavy duty 5v USB charger for anything & everything that comes along...

Like some AC wall chargers these days, there is a USB port that your normal USB cables will plug into. Most pictures of these chargers always show the charger with the cable plugged in, so you think it is a solid perm connection vs a normal USB port.

Kindle US Power Adapter (Not included with Kindle or Kindle Touch)

Even the small white Kindle charger appears the same way - and folks don't realise that the charger & cable come apart.

Posted on Jan 20, 2012, 2:07:34 PM PST
Crissy says:
I use the charger for my AT&T Pantech phone to charge my KK all the time, and vice versa for the last year with no problems whatsoever.

Posted on Jan 25, 2012, 7:39:12 PM PST
partyofseven says:
OK, sorry. My bad. I have a micro USB cord for my phones and neither one work to charge my Kindle. I misspoke, which you can't do around here...

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 25, 2012, 7:43:42 PM PST
The regular e-ink Kindle cables and the cable for my LG Accolade will both charge my Fire. However, if I'm trying to use it at the same time, they will not charge. It has to be asleep/off for them to work.

Posted on Jul 1, 2012, 5:15:25 PM PDT
Amir Raza says:
Would a blackberry charger work on a kindle fire

Posted on Jul 1, 2012, 5:24:42 PM PDT
I routinely use my LG charger (at home and in the car) and have never had a problem.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 1, 2012, 7:54:54 PM PDT
PS56k says:
there are zillions of posts on this topic -

yes - if the connector is the same as the Kindle Fire, other Kindles, or any USB charging device.... but - mini USB and micro USB are different connectors...

Posted on Aug 5, 2012, 5:02:09 AM PDT
MaryM says:
I have a lot of chargers that fit the kindle fire and some of them work and some of them don't. Same size/shape charges my droids phone but does nothing for my kindle. I usually buy cheap replacement chargers but in this case I would get the official charger from amazon

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 5, 2012, 11:20:51 AM PDT
PS56k says:
As I've posted many times, as long as the connector is the same standard size (mini-USB, micro-USB, etc) it will work -

BUT the amps from the charger must be equal to or more than what the device requires for a full charging cycle....
The volts will always be the USB standard of 5.0 volts.
The minimum USB standard amps will be 500ma.

You will need more than the minimum, to charge AND have the device turned on. SO - some of your "lots of chargers" may not be putting out enough amps for the Kindle Fire. You should always go for the most amps output, as the device will only draw what it can use, there is no harm in having more amps available...

The Amazon white USB style charger supplies output -
5.0v and .85A (850ma)

I use a iPad rated USB charger that can supply output -
5.0v and 2.1amps or 2100ma.

Posted on Sep 15, 2013, 7:02:40 AM PDT
Gayl Murphy says:
Any micro USB charger will work. However, we have found that the Amazon Kindle Fire charger from Amazon works the best, hands down! And also the original cable that came with your kindle. It's not the other cables dont fit, but rather that over time they fit loosely and don't always get a good connection. As for phone chargers, the old weak ones are too weak for a Fire and the newer smart phone ones work okay, but still do not charge as fast as the Amazon OEM one. As for all these high output after market chargers, most have an "A" and "NA" marked on their USB outputs representing Apple or Non-Apple. The Apple has a mechanism inside to trigger a different output when connected. My kids would remember, I don't, but one of these outputs charges okay and the other is nearly useless. You can Google that and there are some very detailed threads about the Apple outputs. Best advice we have is to just break down and spend the $19 at Amazon and get the Kindle Fire charger. It works the best!!! Trust me, we know! We have five Kindle Fires in our family and many many chargers with all of our kids being very Kindle active.

Posted on Sep 15, 2013, 7:05:39 AM PDT
Gayl Murphy says:
Any micro USB charger will work. However, we have found that the Amazon Kindle Fire charger from Amazon works the best, hands down! And also the original cable that came with your kindle. It's not the other cables dont fit, but rather that over time they fit loosely and don't always get a good connection. As for phone chargers, the old weak ones are too weak for a Fire and the newer smart phone ones work okay, but still do not charge as fast as the Amazon OEM one. As for all these high output after market chargers, most have an "A" and "NA" marked on their USB outputs representing Apple or Non-Apple. The Apple has a mechanism inside to trigger a different output when connected. My kids would remember, I don't, but one of these outputs charges okay and the other is nearly useless. You can Google that and there are some very detailed threads about the Apple outputs. Best advice we have is to just break down and spend the $19 at Amazon and get the Kindle Fire charger. It works the best!!! Trust me, we know! We have five Kindle Fires in our family and many many chargers with all of our kids being very Kindle active.
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