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Initial post: Sep 22, 2011 6:48:24 AM PDT
kuppas78 says:
Hi, I don't have a Kindle, but am thinking about buying one. Am just wondering if it is faster to charge via USB or a straight wall charger?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 22, 2011 6:51:31 AM PDT
Probably faster from the wall socket but only marginally so as the transformer has to change down the voltage to the same that the USB port outputs.

Posted on Sep 22, 2011 6:57:34 AM PDT
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....? :)

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 22, 2011 7:16:35 AM PDT
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.

You use a micro-USB cable either way.

Posted on Sep 22, 2011 7:50:22 AM PDT
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.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 22, 2011 8:00:42 AM PDT
M. Zanette says:
It's always faster to charge directly with the wall charger.

Posted on Sep 22, 2011 9:07:16 AM PDT
Bookish Barb says:
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

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 22, 2011 9:38:10 AM PDT
L. LEVERTON says:
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.

Posted on Sep 22, 2011 9:38:47 AM PDT
Angie49 says:
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.

Posted on Sep 22, 2011 4:16:28 PM PDT
kuppas78 says:
Ok, thanks for your help. Looks like I'll be purchasing a wall charger too!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 22, 2011 6:13:11 PM PDT
Bookish Barb says:
Angie49: Thank you! I get it! But how is an idiot like me supposed to understand that? Disconnect means disconnect to me, especially when talking about a piece of hardware. How'd you get so smart?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 22, 2011 6:31:29 PM PDT
You could... try reading the User's Manual that came on your Kindle. Ejecting your Kindle and many other basic tasks are quite well covered in it.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 22, 2011 7:49:39 PM PDT
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....? :)
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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.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 23, 2011 2:09:01 AM PDT
@Pete: My wall charger has a standard USB socket in it. The cable has a standard USB plug that connects to the wall charger and a micro USB plug that connects to the Kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 23, 2011 3:50:04 AM PDT
L. LEVERTON says:
I have 4 of those types. I think they work faster than the powered usb cord.

Posted on Sep 23, 2011 7:36:37 AM PDT
M. Lewis says:
the wall charger provides .85 amps while just the USB cord provides .5 amps. It is definitely faster with the wall charger.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 23, 2011 10:39:20 AM PDT
Bookish Barb says:
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.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 23, 2011 11:22:36 AM PDT
No one's Kindle comes with a printed User's Guide (few things do these days) the one on your Kindle and the one you downloaded are the same thing.

Posted on Sep 23, 2011 12:52:49 PM PDT
Angie49 says:
Bookish Barb: you ask how I got so smart. I had to have my son show me how to do this, of course!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 23, 2011 5:10:08 PM PDT
kuppas78 says:
You have 4 wall chargers with the USB socket? Is it a Kindle charger? Or some other brand.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 25, 2011 5:48:56 PM PDT
Bookish Barb says:
Thank you......I feel a little bit better now....haha

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 26, 2011 10:28:57 AM PDT
L. LEVERTON says:
Mine come with my cell phones. They are LG phones and a Motorola Razr. I also have 2 car chargers and one usb car charger that has 2 usb sockets in it. Bought it for my grandaughters mp3 players.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 27, 2012 12:18:15 PM PDT
Mary A. Dils says:
Who likes to read instructions. THey are not as clear as you are. You should have written them. THANKS FOR MAKING SENSE OF IT ALL

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 27, 2012 3:28:27 PM PDT
LOL That is what I said John but perhaps worded badly.

The cable is generally known as a MicroB USB cable. The standard size USB end plugs into the wall charger and the smaller USB end into the actual device.

Posted on Nov 21, 2014 7:05:28 AM PST
LAcy B says:
The usb port on my kindle fire is loose and won't connect to the charger at all. Is there any other way to charge it or does anyone now if this is repairable, device is otherwise perfect.
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