This is the Power Adapter for the Kindle Fire.
Compatible Model(s): Amazon Kindle Fire 7.0" 1GHz ARM Cortex A-9 (D01400) – Late 2011
- Item Weight: 3.2 ounces
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
- ASIN: B005CKAX82
- Item model number: 53-000069
- Date first available at Amazon.com: October 15, 2011
This Charger Came With the Original 1st Generation Kindle Fire But Charges Newer Kindles Too!
This adapter plugged securely into the Fire and the wall outlet. It isn’t that big but it’s still kind of bulky. I much preferred the lighter, more streamlined Amazon Kindle Replacement Power Adapter (Works with 6″, 9.7″ Display, 2nd and Latest Generation Kindles) that came with my Kindle Keyboard which is much easier to throw into a bag/purse/backpack. The last thing I needed was another “brick” power adapter especially one with prongs that don’t fold down and you can’t rotate; which is why I am only giving this 4 stars. That being said, this adapter will charge the Fire more quickly than the older Kindle wall adapters which are only rated at 4.9V, 0.85A compared to the Fire adapter’s rating of 5V, 1.8A.
The adapter that came with the 1st generation Fire is made in China and the specs are:
INPUT (AC): 100-240V, 50/60Hz
OUTPUT (DC): 5V, 1.8A
Note: A wall adapter does NOT come with the newer Kindles or Fire’s; just a USB cable. This wall adapter can be used to charge any Kindle except the Kindle 1 which came with it’s own proprietary adapter.
UPDATE 11/16/11: Used this to charge my Kindle Touch. Worked very well.
UPDATE 11/17/11: Used the USB cable the came with my Kindle Touch to charge the Fire in a USB 2.0 port on my computer. With no apps or anything running It took 30-45 minutes to charge it maybe 3%. So I guess computer port charging is NOT the way to go with the Fire.
UPDATE 11/22/11: Very generic looking black adapter. No Kindle logo or markings on it. Put a “FIRE” label on it because it looks like every other black power adapter your already have laying around the house.
UPDATE 12/12/11: ABOUT AMPS: When considering what other adapters can charge your Fire, first you need a 5V(volt) charger. The next thing to look at is the charging amps(A). You ideally want one that is as good as the 1.8A(1800mA) Amps that the Fire adapter has. This determines how fast the Fire will charge. A charger with a .700A(700mA) rating like a Blackberry charger or the older Kindle adapter rated at .85A(850mA) will charge the Fire, just more slowly. The USB 2.0 port on your computer is rated at 500 milliamps of power at 5 volts. This is not enough amps to charge a Fire.
UPDATE 12/13/11: A worthy additional/alternate option to the Fire’s charger would be the $10 AmazonBasics Wall Charger with USB Outlet( 2.1 Amp Output)(Has a LED charging light, prongs fold down, at 2100mA will charge just as fast) combined with a $6 AmazonBasics USB Cable – 2.0 A Male to Micro B (6 Feet / 1.8 Meters)(6 feet, 2 feet more than original Fire charger) if you don’t already have a cable like this.
UPDATE 2/12/13: If you own this charger and it broke, stopped working, or was lost I do not suggest that you buy this same charger again. Even Amazon is no longer selling it. Instead you should be looking for something that will charge not only your Fire but other devices you might have. If you don’t have one get the AmazonBasics USB Cable – 2.0 A Male to Micro B (6 Feet / 1.8 Meters), the Mediabridge Hi-Speed USB 2.0 – (6 Feet) – A-Male to Micro-B Cable(excellent) or similar cable. The AmazonBasics Wall Charger with USB Outlet (2.1 Amp Output) is still a decent choice as a charger for a single device. The new “Amazon Kindle PowerFast for Accelerated Charging for use with the new Kindle Fire or Kindle Fire HD models” will also work well but it’s not any faster than any other 1.8 Amp charger and it’s way too expensive at $19.99 right now. I am keeping my eye on the reviews for the New Trent, 10W 5V/2A Dual Port high-speed USB AC wall charger (IMP90C)(kind of new on the market) which will charge 2 devices at a time(a tablet and a phone/iPod). Whatever charger you choose should have at least a 1.8A rating; more amps are ok, just not less.
ASIDE Jan, 2012: You can get a free app every day for the FIRE. Search Amazon for “Apps for Android”. Click on “GO”. Click on “Deals” near top of page. Scroll down the page to the Discussions. Select the discussion “List of Free Daily Deal Android Apps for Kindle Fire”. Click on yellow bar on top right side of page to “Track this Discussion”. Once you do this you will get an e-mail every day linking you to the free app of the day.
Not This One, Buy A Better And Cheaper Alternative , Also by Amazon
Its plug prong is NOT foldable, making it less convenient for traveling.
It is a dedicated charger that cannot be used with USB devices that require other kinds of plug, such as regular USB 2.0 or Mini USB.
The price is also a bit high at $25.
Amazon also makes a USB charger under the label AmazonBasics that IMO is better.
I originally bought this as an extra charger for my iPad.
I tried charging the newly introduced Amazon Kindle Fire, and it worked very well.
This compact and foldable 2.1A (2100 mA) charger can quickly charge Kindle Fire or Apple iPad/iPad2 (you need a different cable for each one).
The Kindle Fire requires just 1.8A of charging current, so this charger is fine.
You also need to buy this $6 AmazonBasics micro USB cable. AmazonBasics USB Cable – 2.0 A Male to Micro B (6 Feet / 1.8 Meters)
Do not use one intended for your cellphone; it may not work, although it looks identical externally to a standard one.
The total cost is $16, still much cheaper than the dedicated Kindle charger which sells for $25.
And you also enjoy better utility with this charger/cable combo because they are separate, and the charger prong is foldable.
Additionally, this same USB cable can be used for copying files from your computer to the Fire and vice versa. 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.
You can check what both look like in Customer Images on this web page.
The main draw of this AmazonBasics USB wall charger is the 2100 mA current output, which is required for most modern smartphones and iPad/iPad2. You get these gadgets charged the fastest with this charger.
But the shape of this charger will BLOCK adjacent power outlets if it is plugged into the wall or even an extension power strip. In this respect, it is really not an improvement over Apple’s 10W USB Power Adapter.
This is why I also bring along a (Ziotek ZT1212518 Power Strip Liberator Plus with Pass Through, Ziotek ZT1212518 Power Strip Liberator Plus with Pass Through, 5-Pack) when I travel. It will allow all outlets to be used by extending the plug a few inches. With its pass through feature, a normal plug can be piggybacked on top of the extender plug, thereby doubling plug density (from 6 plugs to 12 plugs, for example), although the total power consumption still cannot exceed 1680 watts. It comes in a pack of 5, and the average cost is $2.65. I consider this a small price to pay for more convenience and flexibility.
In summary, I do recommend this AmazonBasics charger because it works, is well-made, and costs only 1/3 the price of Apple’s part.