There are two ways to charge the Kindle. Plug the Wall plug into the wall and the other end into the Kindle OR UNPLUG the USB cable from the wall plug, plug it into a USB port on your computer and then plug in your Kindle.
I use the Kindle charger in the wall and a Blackberry charger in the wall. They seem to be comparable.
USB takes longer for a charge for me but I've only done it once, just out of curiosity. Please keep in mind, although I'm no geek, not all USB ports are equal even on the same computer. I have a two USB ports on the front of my computer. One has enough power to run an external HD and the other doesn't.
When I was first looking for a charger to carry with me I bought a basic USB cable and a wall plug from Apple that took a USB cable. The price was outrageous and it is slower than the Kindle or the Blackberry charger. Now, that's the one I loan to Kindle users who show up on vacation having forgotten their charger.
I don't understand something about charging the Kindle: I get a screen that says "if you want to read or shop while continuing to charge over USB, please keep the USB cable attached, but eject your Kindle from your computer." - If I'm charging WITH my computer as a power source, how can it keep charging if I "eject" my Kindle from my computer??? What am I not getting. Also, will it keep charging if my computer is in standby?
And this screen doesn't go away while charging so I can't tell how much of a charge I have? It seems to take quite a while to charge. I thought I had a full charge after about an hour so I disconnected, only to see I only had about 1/3 of a charge on the battery indicator. Thanks Barbara
It isn't really disconnected from the computer. IT's still charging, but isn't transferring data or anything like that. Yes , it keeps charging , even if your computer is asleep.It takes quite a few hours to charge, I charge mine overnight on the wall charger. I keep a cell phone plugged in next to my couch, so if my phone isn't plugged in, I plug in the kindle. If you want to be able to see the charge, eject the kindle or use the wall charger., Sine it's quite a bit faster, I prefer it anyway.
Bookish Barb, to eject your Kindle from the computer you need to click on the "My Computer" icon on your desktop. Then locate the drive that's assigned to your Kindle (usually the K drive, but not always). Right click on that drive and you should see an option for "eject". Click on that. Once you eject, your Kindle should look and operate normally. Charging via your computer does take longer and some report that the USB ports on their computer doesn't support the charging at all.
kuppas78 says: Is that in reference to a USB wall charger? I'm not entirely clear about whether a Kindle USB wall charger is different to to a wall charger that connects straight to the Kindle....? :) ..............................................
A wall charger has a Micro USB cable plugged into the actual wall plug. If you want to charge via a PC just pull the cable out of the wall plug end and stick it in the PC's USB socket.
My Kindle didn't come with a printed user's manual, just the one on the Kindle itself. So I downloaded one from Amazon's website and found what I was looking for on pages 20 & 91! No wonder I couldn't find it right away. You'd think it would be one of the first items.