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How do I charge the Kindle Fire HD?

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Posted on Dec 25, 2012 10:14:47 AM PST
Nils says:
Any Apple adapter seems to work fine.

Posted on Dec 25, 2012 12:17:17 PM PST
I connected my kindle fire hd to my pc computer port to charge and it won't charge . can you tell me why?????

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 25, 2012 12:24:37 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 25, 2012 12:25:32 PM PST
My son got a Kindle Fire HD this morning. I was cheap and didn't buy the charger that the salesman recommended. At first I didn't think it was charging either. (I was also charging via the usb to my pc). I turned the Kindle OFF and just let it charge. It was plugged in at around 8 am this morning, it is now 2:20 pm and finally the Kindle is charged at 79%! I was told that it was VERY slow charging using the computer. I will definitely be buying the recommended charger! Hope this helps...

Posted on Dec 25, 2012 3:29:47 PM PST
S. Jacobs says:
I just got a new Kindle fire HD and when I turned it on I was able to register it but then turned it on and now it says Kindle fire sytem, your kindle is not able to boot. I try to do what the screen says and nothing happens still same message on the screen I am not sure what this means.

Posted on Dec 25, 2012 7:53:10 PM PST
I just got new kindle fire-will not charge from my lap top. Is there a light that should be on when charging?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2012 5:35:40 AM PST
Mocha Hope says:
This and Pete's advice is great. Thanks for the garden hose image because I spent more than 8 hours trying to charge my daughters Kindlefire on Christmas day from a PC port and only got to 11%. Poor kid. I wish I read this earlier. She did get some time playing with it, but today will definitely be a better day!

Posted on Dec 26, 2012 2:43:50 PM PST
When I charge my daughter's Kindle Fire HD, the screen seems to lock. Can you just not charge this version while you use it? I have the Kindle Fire, and can charge it while I'm reading, for instance...

Posted on Dec 26, 2012 2:59:50 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 26, 2012 3:07:36 PM PST
Sheldon says:
My HD 8.7 has no charge light. If I turn the Kindle on while it's charging the little battery symbol in the corner turns green. Also, a decent battery app that's free is GSam. Open the app while charging and it gives you the percentage charged, and the time to a full charge. it also includes a percentage display that runs all the time. Very handy. Another way of checking is to sweep down the screen to open the tabs at the top. Touch Other and then touch Device. You should see a bar running across the screen with a charge indicator. There are many battery apps at the app store and each is a bit different from the other. Can't hurt to try them.

FYI, I did buy the fast charger. Even though it's faster than a basic USB wall charger, and a lot faster than using your computer, it's still pretty slow, IMHO. My suggestion is to charge it every night using the fast charger or any USB wall charger (ie. iPhone) with the proper cable. And yes, you can use your Kindle while it's charging.

Hope this helps.

Posted on Dec 26, 2012 5:42:31 PM PST
J. Brabender says:
My Kindle Fire 7" - brand new - won't charge at all. I have to get a replacement device. Ridiculous piece of crap.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2012 5:46:25 PM PST
You got a lemon. Every single company on this planet produces the occasional lemon every now and then. At least you're getting a replacement.

Posted on Dec 28, 2012 9:45:01 AM PST
Can I use any USB wall outlet connector, like for an iPhone for my kindle fire HD?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 28, 2012 9:58:08 AM PST
Sheldon says:
Any USB wall charger should work, but obviously you will have to use the proper USB cord for your Kindle. The fast charger works best with my Kindle 8.9, but down in my bedroom I use an iPhone charger no problem. Just takes longer (overnight). I'm not positive, but with the exception of the fast charger I think all those USB chargers are the same.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 28, 2012 10:07:32 AM PST
jsh1120 says:
Not quite, Sheldon. The "FastCharger" supplies 5V/2.1 amps for charging. Any charger that meets or exceeds those specs will charge just as fast as the FastCharger. Some cellphone chargers, especially for recent high end smartphones, meet those specs. Other, usually older, chargers are less powerful and charge more slowly. There are many, many chargers that work just as well as the Kindle FastCharger. If one is interested in saving a few bucks, a charger such as the one below is ideal.

PowerGen Dual Port USB 2.1A 10W AC Travel Wall Charger - White

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 28, 2012 10:46:29 AM PST
Sheldon says:
Thanks for the link. Why is one port labeled A and one labeled NA? BTW, I have yet to find a generic wall charger that won't work. My iPhone charger puts out 1A and my older Kindle charger puts out .85A. A little math should give you a rough estimate of how long it will take to charge your Kindle Fire, but according to Amazon the Fast Charger will not charge your older Kindle any faster.

I do understand electronics, but I shelled out the extra $10 for the Kindle charger so if there was a problem I could tell Amazon I was using the real deal. Before I got the fast charger I was using my iPhone charger which was frustratingly slow. Most computer USB ports put out .5 A maximum, so it's easy to see why people are complaining.

Posted on Dec 28, 2012 11:50:17 AM PST
hippychick says:
So, I don't see an answer to the question: Is there a way to tell it is charging? No light, no battery symbol, nothing of that sort shows on my Kindle Fire HD that my kids bought me for xmas. The battery symbol in the upper right hand corner shows a empty battery with a sliver of red, and when I turn it on it says 5% battery remaining, plug into a charging device. I have plugged it into my computer USB and my iPhone wall charger (with the kindle cord of course) and still have a empty battery symbol with a sliver of red. Is there an indication it is charging? Light? Battery symbol? etc.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 28, 2012 12:04:17 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 28, 2012 12:08:11 PM PST
The Blade says:
I wish they had the light like the older model as well, but it is what it is and the old light was problematic.

Anyhow, you can watch the battery in the upper right corner. It turns green when charging. Or you can use an app like this one:

Battery HD Pro

It will tell you how much of a charge you have in % and a lot of other info. Good app & worth the $2.00 (or use the less functional free version).

I just turn my Fire on occasionally and look at the full charge page which comes up automatically while charging. Works for me.

Posted on Dec 28, 2012 12:05:30 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 28, 2012 12:08:57 PM PST
Sheldon says:
The little battery symbol in the upper right should turn green when charging. Also, try this: Go to the home page and using your fingers sweep down from the top of the page, that will open a page with new icons at the top of the page (Unlocked, Volume, etc.). Touch More (+) which will open Settings. Look for "Device" and touch that. A page will open showing how much battery charge is remaining. If charging it will say "charging," if not it won't.

Not sure what else to say here. If, after checking the above, your unit appears to be not charging I would try another USB port, or try using a friend's iPhone charger. If you get no results I think you will need to contact Amazon for help. It could also be the cable. There are quite a few free battery apps that can help, but if the above doesn't show charging the apps won't do much.

FYI: I have a Kindle Fire HD 8.9, but I would think the above instructions would be similar. My Kindle has no charge light.

Keep us posted.

Posted on Dec 28, 2012 12:21:53 PM PST
hippychick says:
Ah ok thanks guys, I opened the device setting, it says 2% battery remaining but does not indicate it is charging. My battery symbol is not green, but red. I have already tried other cords, outlets, chargers etc. Once the battery is exhausted I will be out of options. Guess I gotta call Amazon :( Appreciate the feedback, it was helpful.

Posted on Dec 28, 2012 9:45:39 PM PST
T. McConnell says:
my kindle fire won't charge and I need information on how to make it charge

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2012 8:09:22 AM PST
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Posted on Dec 29, 2012 9:06:08 AM PST
There's no charge light on the KF. You can turn it on after an hour and check the battery status to see if it is indeed charging.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2012 9:19:28 AM PST
jsh1120 says:

Almost right. I was under the same impression but I'm told that the second generation KF does have a charge light. The HD models do not. In any case, the Battery HD app is a far more reliable indicator of the state of the charge than the highly unreliable charge light on the first generation (and I presume second generation Kindle Fire.)

Battery HD

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2012 10:08:04 AM PST
Sheldon says:
There is no trick to "making" your Kindle charge. When you plug the proper cable into both a USB charger and your Kindle it will start charging. Look through the rest of these posts to see how you can tell "if" your Kindle is actually charging when plugged in.

Posted on Dec 29, 2012 1:55:15 PM PST
marcia says:
I just received my Kindlefire HD 7" as a gift and purchased Amazon Prime and a protective Crown case with charging wall plug. Since I own an IPad2 , MacBook Pro and iPhone I am ONLY using my kindle as an ereader which I LOVE! questions...Is it advisable to charge kindle while reading it? it seems to get very warm to the touch. Most of my "toys" get warm while charging but very few that I have come across get extremely hot. Is there specific sites that are designated for ereaders only or is Amazon/iTunes and other places equally good? Thanks for the help

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2012 2:02:00 PM PST
jsh1120 says:

If your KFHD gets "extremely hot," you have a problem. Remove it from the case and see if the problem persists. If it does, contact Kindle CS immediately and get a replacement.
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