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Does Firestick Need to be Plugged in For Power?

The Amazon Fire Stick is a small streaming device that allows users to stream their favorite shows from popular streaming apps such as Netflix, Hulu, & Disney Plus. Before purchasing it, however, there may be a few questions in mind. For example, does the device require power in order to function?

Yes, the Amazon Fire Stick does need to be plugged into a power source in order to operate. It requires 5 volts at 1000 mA of power. You can either power it via a power outlet or by plugging in the provided charging cable into a USB port on your TV.

Let’s now take a look at what you need to know when powering your Amazon Fire TV Stick, as well as other things you may not have been aware of when it comes to the Fire TV Stick. Let’s dive in!

Does Firestick Need a Power Supply?

The Firestick does need to be plugged into a power source at all times in order to operate. You can choose to either plug it into a power outlet or into your TV’s USB Port. However, it’s important to note that Amazon doesn’t recommend that you plug-in your device into your TV’s USB port this is because this method may not power your Firestick as efficiently and, in some cases, may cause issues. 

To power up your device, all you would need to do is plug-in the provided power adapter into a power outlet and the other end onto your Firestick. Next, plug-in the HDMI cable into your device’s HDMI port and the other end onto your TV, and that’s it! Your device should now be good to go. 

Can I power my Firestick to my TV’s USB?

Amazon warns users not to plug-in their Fire Stick into the TV’s USB port. The reason being is the Fire TV stick requires 5v at 1000 mA of power in order to function optimally & most TV’s on the market only provide 5v at 500 mA of power. The lack of power can cause a number of issues when using your Firestick device, such as:

  • Insufficient Power message on the screen
  •  Random screen blackouts
  •  Losing arc connection
  •  Random Reboots

Powering your firestick device via your TV’s USB port can put both your TV and firestick device at risk of damage. It’s best just to avoid this issue by plugging it into a power outlet instead.

Should I unplug Amazon Fire TV Stick When Not in Use?

You will not need to unplug your Firestick device when not in use. You can shut it off easily by tapping the home button twice and selecting “Sleep”. Tapping any button on your remote will turn it back on.

How much power does a Firestick need?

For your Fire TV Stick to function at its best, it will require 5 volts at 1000 milliamps of power. As mentioned above, the best and most reliable method to power your Fire TV Stick is simply through. Power outlet. Since most TVs don’t provide near to the amount of power required by the Fire TV Stick.

Related Questions:

Is there a monthly fee for Firestick?

The Fire TV stick does not require any monthly fees, just the initial purchase of the device itself. However, you will still need to pay a monthly fee if you plan to use premium streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, Disney Plus…etc.

Does the Fire TV Stick need Wifi?

Yes, since the Fire TV stick is not equipped with an ethernet port, the only way to connect it to the internet is through a Wifi connection.

Can you use a fire stick on a non-smart TV?

Yes, the Fire TV stick was designed to add smart functionality to a non-smart TV. However, you will need to ensure that your TV has an HDMI port in order to be compatible with the FireStick.

Final Thoughts

So there you have it. You will need to ensure your Fire TV stick is getting the required power it needs in order to operate optimally. Since the Firestick requires 5 volts at 1000 milliamps of power, you should avoid powering it through your TV’s USB port as it can cause a number of issues. The recommended method to power your Firestick device is through a power outlet since it’s the most reliable method that will offer the Firestick enough power.

Steven Carr

Steven is a certified IT professional and gaming enthusiast. He has been working in the tech industry for over 10 years, and specializes in all things Tech-related. When he's not geeking out over the latest hardware or software release, he can be found testing out the latest video game.

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