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Initial post: Feb 15, 2010 4:13:07 PM PST
A. DEJESUS says:
I was wondering how long you guys wait to recharge your Kindle. I just got mine last Wednesday and I just recharged it fully today it was half way through the 1st charge. I heard that sometimes it better to let electronics get low until you recharge because it is better for the battery. So how often do you recharge your Kindle?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 15, 2010 4:15:52 PM PST
A Dejesus - the first week or so as your kindle indexes the possible dozen's of books that you've bought (if you are anything like the rest of us) then the battery life is going to drain quickly. The best advice I have is to leave it plugged in at night, and you'll find the charge will get better!

Posted on Feb 15, 2010 4:16:54 PM PST
A. Sisk says:
Most here agree to wait until the battery is LOW but not drained.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 15, 2010 4:17:14 PM PST
JD Rizen says:
I charge when the battery is between 25-50%. Usually once a week (unless I use the Whispernet a lot, then it's a bit more often).

Posted on Feb 15, 2010 4:17:33 PM PST
Not in the case of the Kindle battery. The general rule is never go below 20% unless unavoidable. There is no limit on the number of charges as there is on some batteries.

My charger is next to my bed, and I plug in, roll over and go to sleep. Have done this every day for 11 months, with no problems.

Wireless eats battery quickly and so does indexing new content. You may have to charge more frequently in those cases. Searching may also use more battery than normal, but wireless and indexing are the big hogs.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 15, 2010 4:18:09 PM PST
ShirleyKat says:
I don't let it get much below 50%

The way I read and download, that means at least once a week, usually more often. I leave wireless off except when downloading.

Posted on Feb 15, 2010 4:24:43 PM PST
Maggie Leung says:
About once a week.

Posted on Feb 15, 2010 4:32:02 PM PST
Danica says:
I've seen this question a lot, here and on other boards. I always read all of the responses because I'm looking for one like mine. I've never seen one like mine, which is:

I charge when my K2 tells me to charge. Surely mine isn't the only one that does that. When my K2 was new I let it get down to about 25%, as recommended. I wasn't getting the charge message then. But after the first update, or maybe it was the second, the message began appearing. It shows up when the battery is at about 50%, or slightly less than that.

Posted on Feb 15, 2010 4:40:54 PM PST
I charge about every 3rd or 4th night. When the battery is approaching 50%, I plug it in. Like Fool for Books, though, I keep the charger next to the bed. If I'm lying in bed and feel like plugging it in (the charger), I do so before I turn over. No problems.

Posted on Feb 15, 2010 4:42:30 PM PST
I charge my K2 every 2 to 2 1/2 weeks. I have only received the you need to charge message once and it was at about 20%.

Posted on Feb 15, 2010 5:07:10 PM PST
David D says:
I keep my wireless off most of the time so every 2 weeks or so

Posted on Feb 15, 2010 5:24:23 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 15, 2010 5:56:23 PM PST
ALAN says:
Don't wait till it tells you to charge. This battery is NOT like a typical laptop where it is better to drain it. Instead, charge as needed, even sometimes topping it off, but not by draining it low. Like Jd says, below 50% but before 25% is a good goal. And let it sleep rather than OFF.

Posted on Feb 15, 2010 5:33:25 PM PST
I only charge when the rhinoceros is actually running towards me.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 15, 2010 5:35:50 PM PST
JD Rizen says:
That's a valiant effort. However the answer we were looking for is, "I only charge when I'm out of money."

Posted on Feb 15, 2010 6:35:13 PM PST
I charge whenever I connect for Calibre to load rss feeds, Calibre is very slow, so it is usually charged by the time Calibre is done.

Posted on Feb 15, 2010 6:41:40 PM PST
S. Dunham says:
I wind up charging about every 2 weeks. I don't leave the wireless on. I only turn it on at work to let any purchases download. I read daily. If I've just loaded up a bunch of stuff, then I may have to recharge after 10 days because of the indexing. Like others have said, I let the battery get down to around the 20-25% mark but not drain completely before charging.

Posted on Feb 15, 2010 7:44:12 PM PST
Every couple of weeks. I went thru a period (indexing?) where I was charging the thing every day or two. That's stopped and I'm back to my normal routine.

Posted on Feb 15, 2010 8:00:46 PM PST
Garbageman says:
I charge mine about every 3 weeks or so (when I notice it's about 50%) I don't turn on whispernet unless I've purchased a book. I read about 2 books a week give or take a few days depending on how busy I am. I am VERY pleased with the Kindle battery. Still to this day it's simply the best electronic gadget I've ever bought. GO KINDLE! Hee Hee!

Posted on Feb 15, 2010 8:05:24 PM PST
A. DEJESUS says:
Thanks everyone for the info. Can anyone tell me why its better to put your Kindle into sleep instead of turning it off? Even though I know this I still turn it off all the time.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 15, 2010 8:27:44 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 15, 2010 8:28:06 PM PST
JD Rizen says:
The e-ink uses power mainly when switching screens. Once a screen is "set" it uses very little power, for example when the screen saver is on in sleep mode. However, when it's turned off, it take a decent amount of power to restart the Kindle. So you'll use more power turning it off and on then if you just put it to sleep.

Posted on Feb 15, 2010 8:31:45 PM PST
Debbie says:
I've always had this question and don't believe I've ever seen it answered.

I've never plugged in my Kindle to charge and let it stay plugged in overnight. I usually plug it in at about 50% and watch it and as soon as the green light comes on I unplug it. I use TTS a lot so the battery strength can go down a little faster. Would the battery get a better charge if I plugged it in prior to going to bed and let it charge all night?

Posted on Feb 15, 2010 8:34:03 PM PST
A. Sisk says:
Just let it sleep. It's happier that way.

Posted on Feb 15, 2010 8:41:28 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 15, 2010 8:42:28 PM PST
ALAN says:

There is no reason to unplug it right away, as a sensor quits charging it when it gets to full. You probably will not get a much better charge leaving it all night, but neither should you rush to unplug it. I did read somewhere that charging a little past the green light gets a little more charge than unplugging right away, but I do not know for sure. Certainly overnight is safe.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 15, 2010 8:43:47 PM PST
Debbie says:
Thank you very much Alan.

I've always charged it this way. I've had it since July. Sometimes it seems to get a charge that lasts a lot longer than say the next charge does. I was just curious.

Posted on Feb 16, 2010 9:42:26 AM PST
I charge mine when it drops to 75%. I can't stand to see it lower than that! So, since I read a lot, I probably charge it about twice a week.
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