Which Amazon Kindles and Fire Tablets use USB-C charging?

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition 7
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition 7 (Image credit: Jeramy Johnson / Android Central)

The Amazon Kindle and Fire Tablet are two great devices for reading on the go without lugging a heavy selection of physical books with you. Of course, the best Amazon Fire Tablets are also designed for more than just reading, with many featuring the ability to surf the internet, stream videos, send messages, and more. Some of the highest-rated Amazon Kindles also come with Wi-Fi, so you can connect to the internet wherever you go. While Amazon Kindle devices have long-lasting batteries, Amazon Fire Tablets are no slouch in this department. The truth of the matter is if you've ever experienced your tablet's battery in the red just as you're about to head out the door — fast charging is of the utmost importance. With that in mind, here are the Amazon Kindle and Fire Tablet devices you can rely on that come with USB-C charging.

What is USB-C charging?

USB-C is the latest iteration of the USB standard. Also known as Type-C, the most obvious difference between USB-C and traditional USB-A is the much smaller charging connector. One feature everyone loves about USB-C is that it can be inserted into a device to charge or power something up either way, so there's no more struggling to make sure you're pushing it in the right way.

But most importantly, USB-C charging, which is poised to replace USB-A eventually, offers marked performance improvements. Most notably, it can transfer data at up to 10Gbps, which means you can effectively transfer an entire movie in half a minute. Compared to USB 2.0, that's 20 times as fast! You'll also get up to 100 watts or 3 amps of power, which means USB-C is powerful enough to fuel everything from smartphones to laptops.

Best of all, it's universal, so one standard USB-C cable can be used to power a multitude of devices. And as more and more devices and manufacturers join the USB-C party, USB-C will become the dominant standard. So, it's no surprise that Amazon has shifted to USB-C for its latest and greatest Kindles and Fire Tablets.

Which Amazon Kindles use USB-C charging?

If you're looking for an Amazon Kindle that specifically uses USB-C charging, so far, that only includes the newest models, the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite in Standard, Signature, and Kids editions.

Which Amazon Fire Tablets use USB-C charging?

When it comes to the Amazon Fire Tablet, many more models use USB-C charging. That's because Amazon started switching over to the standard back with its 2019 edition of the Amazon Fire HD 10. Here's a list of the ones that use USB-C so far:

Amazon Fire HD 10 (2019) Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020) Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Pro Amazon Fire HD 10 (2021) Amazon Fire HD 10 Plus (2021)

Going forward

Bottom line: There might only be a handful of Amazon Kindles and Amazon Fire Tablets that use USB-C charging right now. But the chances are, all models introduced from now moving forward will employ USB-C charging. In addition, many may also include wireless Qi charging, which isn't as fast, but perfect for convenient charging on a nightstand or work desk when you have time to spare.

Christine Persaud

Christine Persaud has been writing about tech since long before the smartphone was even a "thing." When she isn't writing, she's working on her latest fitness program, binging a new TV series, tinkering with tech gadgets she's reviewing, or spending time with family and friends. A self-professed TV nerd, lover of red wine, and passionate home cook, she's immersed in tech in every facet of her life. Follow her at @christineTechCA.