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Initial post: Dec 21, 2010 10:22:02 AM PST
Botamom says:
I just had a harrowing experience. My Kindle died. I called customer service (such nice people). I was told that I should not have been turning my Kindle off, but should have been putting it to "sleep". Well, I went back and re-read the manual and no where could I find that the manual instructed owners to put the Kindle to sleep rather than turning it off. Does everyone know this but me? I have learned my lesson now--to sleep Kindle perchance to wake?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2010 10:25:26 AM PST
ShirleyKat says:
Search the manual for the word sleep and you'll see a statement about sleep preserving the battery life, followed by instructions for powering it off. It's a recommendation, not a law.

Posted on Dec 21, 2010 10:27:36 AM PST
I didn't know this for the first few weeks after getting my kindle either. But I learned it quickly after reading this forum. I don't exactly know why that is but I have been only putting it into sleep mode ever since. Are you saying that is why your Kindle died?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2010 10:31:57 AM PST
What do you mean your Kindle "died?" Turning it off doesn't harm it, it just uses the battery up faster.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2010 10:39:44 AM PST
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Posted on Dec 21, 2010 10:57:53 AM PST
SeaLevel274 says:
Died as in quit working for a while, or locked up. At least that's what I think was meant.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2010 11:18:02 AM PST
Reader in NJ says:
I keep my Kindle turned off whenever I don't use it. It is mostly off. The only time it is in sleep mode is if I'm in the mdidle of reading and stop to do something else. I mostly use it when traveling -- reading on the plane. I don't use it much at home. It has never "died" and I've had it for 1 1/2 years. Plus when on a plane you have to turn it off during take-off and landing even if you did keep in sleep mode the rest of the time.

Posted on Dec 21, 2010 12:16:46 PM PST
T. Scott says:
I don't even know how to turn it off

Posted on Dec 21, 2010 12:21:07 PM PST
Esch says:
The two biggest things to help with battery life is to put it in sleep mode, and to turn off 3G/wifi when you aren't using it, otherwise you'll be charging it up all the time.

Posted on Dec 21, 2010 12:23:03 PM PST
B. Slocum says:
There simply is no point to turning the Kindle off. Sleep mode does not use the battery, since you're not doing anything to cause the page to refresh. But powering up a Kindle from off mode takes a lot of power.

Posted on Dec 21, 2010 2:04:22 PM PST
Reader in NJ says:
Wow, can't believe the down votes for stating a fact. Per FAA regulations anything with a battery MUST BE TURNED OFF during take-off and landing. Setting your Kindle to "sleep mode" doesn't count. Sorry if you don't care for the facts.

Posted on Dec 21, 2010 2:07:34 PM PST
bluestocking says:
Curious- why does turning it off use more battery power than sleep mode?

Posted on Dec 21, 2010 2:10:37 PM PST
Virginius says:
Since the Kindle doesn't transmit or receive radio signals in sleep mode, it shouldn't matter whether it's turned off or asleep in an airplane.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2010 2:11:02 PM PST
bluestocking, it's actually the turning it back on that uses more battery. Waking it from sleep mode uses very little. There is just no point to shutting it off during everyday use. My K2i hasn't been shut off in 11 months.

I've never flown with my Kindle, but many cell phones have "airplane mode" and don't have to be turned off. From various posts here, some flight crews ask that they simply be stowed during take off and landing, some want them all the way off, some only ask that the wireless/cell phone connection be turned off. It varies by airline and by flight crew.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2010 2:16:11 PM PST
Reader in NJ says:
Meya, I fly almost week. You are right that some phones have "airplane mode." Those phones have to be turned off during take-off and landing but can be turned back on when the plane reaches a certain level -- when they say that you can turn on your PC, electronic games, etc...

The thing with those particular phones is that if they are not set to "airplane mode" they would have internet capabilities and that is not allowed at any time during a flight.

Personally, I don't understand the rule since you are not transmitting anything to interfere with the cockpit but those are the rules for now. I've seem some flight attendants actually look at people's phones/Kindles, etc... to ensure that they are actually "turned off." You are right, some flight crews are more diligent/strict with the rules than others.

All I am saying is be prepared to be asked to "turn off" your Kindle when flying.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2010 2:16:20 PM PST
krystalspin says:
@ NJ

Maybe you were voted down not for the airline remark but because you seem to be suggesting to the OP and others, to turn off the Kindle daily... which is NOT recommended anywhere else nor by experience of many many users on this board.

Posted on Dec 21, 2010 2:23:04 PM PST
Reader in NJ says:
Krystalspin, I wasn't recommending anything. I was just stating what I do. I fly almost every week. I use my Kindle 95% on the plane. Therefore, I have to turn it on and off. This has not caused me any problems. And unless the FAA relaxes their rules, anyone flying will encounter this.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2010 2:29:10 PM PST
bluestocking says:
Thanks! I actually have been turning it off each night- I'll change my practice.

Posted on Dec 21, 2010 2:32:40 PM PST
J. Marchant says:
I am confused. When I am done reading. I just shut my cover and forget about it. Is that putting it in "sleep" mode or is there something else? When I want to read, I have to push the power button sideways. I always have the wireless off.

Am I doing it right or wrong? My battery seems to last 3-4 weeks.

Posted on Dec 21, 2010 2:33:59 PM PST
T. Hodges says:
I've never been asked to turn off my digital watch on a plane.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2010 2:34:25 PM PST
Do you take the batteries out of your watch, too?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2010 2:36:14 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 21, 2010 2:37:22 PM PST
J, the Kindle automatically goes into sleep mode after several minutes (I want to say 5?) of inactivity. So you're fine.

Posted on Dec 21, 2010 2:41:36 PM PST
T. Hodges says:
Even if you turn your laptop off, there power isn't actually cut. There is a tiny bit of power to monitor the power button and to respond for if you plug in an A/C adapter.
Just close the cover on your kindle and put it away and you won't be crashing planes or arrested for being a member of al-Queda.

Posted on Dec 21, 2010 2:43:52 PM PST
Joe says:
<<Therefore, I have to turn it on and off. This has not caused me any problems. And unless the FAA relaxes their rules, anyone flying will encounter this. .>

AIUI there is no difference, as long as wireless is off, between off and sleep so its pointless turning it off, because sleep = off, its only what hapepns when you start it up that differs.
No one on a plane is going to know , just tell them its "off", the concept on a KIndle doesn't really apply, in effect with wireless off its in flight mode and sleeping its off.
There will be anyway a stack of mobile phones all over the plane that morons have not switched off at all, so its all pointless, just tell the attendant its off, how would they know?

Posted on Dec 21, 2010 2:45:12 PM PST
Think its 10 minutes of no pushing buttons.
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