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Battery Life on PaperWhite

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Initial post: Nov 11, 2012 11:34:59 AM PST
Somewhere in all the advertising for the paperwhite Kindle, it says the battery life is about 6 months - or some such - I don't remember exactly.

Just how? I just received my Paperwhite recently and have had to charge it a couple of times. I have no problem with this- but why say it will last months on a charge?

Ive turned off wireless (and TOTALLY agree that method needs to be changed if possible) and keep the light somewhere in the mid range. Claims were made that the battery life goes for months even if the light is left all the way on.

If anybody has a clue or idea on this, I would love to know!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2012 11:41:37 AM PST
 Ann says:
Six months?!

The product page says this:

"A single charge lasts up to eight weeks, based on a half hour of reading per day with wireless off and the light setting at 10. Battery life will vary based on light and wireless usage"

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2012 11:41:44 AM PST
Well, it doesn't say 6 months, that is for sure. The estimated battery life is 8 weeks, based on ½ an hour of reading per day, with the light set at 10 and the WiFi turned off. So, 30 hours or so.

I read about 2 hours per day, with the light on average set all the way up on 24, and I keep the WiFi off unless I'm using it. I get maybe 4-5 days, but I plug it in when it gets to about 30%. I imagine I would get may 8-9 days until the battery pulled "Critical" but I never let it get that low.

Posted on Nov 11, 2012 11:44:02 AM PST
When calculating battery life, I noticed somewhere in the documentation for my kindle that a "month" of battery life is calculated on 30 minutes a day of reading or less. That has been my experience also - unfortunate that Amazon does not make this clear - it would be much more useful to know hours or minutes of battery life with/without wifi on.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2012 11:45:33 AM PST
But it IS clearly mentioned, right on the product page:

"A single charge lasts up to eight weeks, based on a half hour of reading per day with wireless off and the light setting at 10."

Posted on Nov 11, 2012 2:02:43 PM PST
Terri says:
I haven't used my paperwhite in about a week, have it in the leather cover. I opened it today and the battery was dead. It had been at 75% a week ago. I'm not too sure what that means....

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2012 2:05:34 PM PST
I wasn't sure of the time, but somewhere I saw more than 8 weeks!

In any case, I most certainly read more than 1/2 hr. at a time!

I've have had to charge it twice- with wireless off and light at 15-16. Keeping the light at 10 is like not having it - and the main reason I got this kindle was because of the light!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2012 2:06:34 PM PST
Terri, did you have the WiFi on? That will drain the battery over a weeks time.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2012 2:11:12 PM PST
Im not Teri, but I dont have the battery on. I admit at first I did - as I couldn't figure out how to turn it off. Called Kindle support to find out.

Posted on Nov 11, 2012 2:53:28 PM PST
Terri says:
I did have the wifi on but never opened the kindle for a week. Never had that problem with my kindle keyboard...always had the wifi on. And I know thw wifi drains it. Was just a little surprised to see the battery empty after no use at all.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2012 3:24:08 PM PST
Terri, you also could have a book or books stuck indexing. Do a search for a nonsense word, such as "fffffgggggiiiiiii." The results should be zero. Post back if it's not.

Posted on Nov 11, 2012 4:22:59 PM PST
Mary McManus says:
All of the Kindles will use some battery power with the wi-fi on, even if it is asleep. I have had every model of Kindle except the DX and this is true of all of them. I do think the Paperwhite uses battery faster than the Kindle Touch under the same circumstances, i.e., with wireless on all the time. I get NY Times latest news which updates several times a day, also have other subscriptions which is why I leave it on. And I read a lot.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2012 4:31:34 PM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Judy M. Gruhn says: I wasn't sure of the time, but somewhere I saw more than 8 weeks!

I think you woke up from that dream already...

Posted on Nov 11, 2012 4:53:09 PM PST
Terri says:
The random search produced no results. And it's been on the charger for over 4 hours and still not showing a green light for a full charge. BTW, I'm not complaining about the device, just mystified at the empty battery. Would have been angry if I had picked it up to read though.

Posted on Nov 11, 2012 6:00:09 PM PST
B. Marks says:
My Paperwhite is my 5th Kindle and I generally charge it when it gets about 75% full. I've done the same with all my other Kindles as well. That usually means once or twice a week depending on how much I use it. Occassionally even 3 times in a week.

It's fairly common for battery life to be given in terms of how long it lasts under some ideal circumstances the manufacturer uses for testing. It's a little like the stated gas milage of a car.

If you treat that as a promise you'll always be disappointed. If you use it to compare various devices it's a reasonably good guide as long as you make sure just what the numbers mean, as in this case they mean 30 minutes a day.

I thing these things do get pretty good battery life and that's all I really care about. They could improve that by putting in a larger battery making it thicker and heavier and I don't think I'd want that.


Posted on Nov 13, 2012 11:52:21 AM PST
John D says:
+1 Barryem. I would not want Kindle to be thicker and heavier. I read a lot and charge about weekly, before it gets to half-discharged. Now that I've bought several Kindles I have chargers at home and work, so it's really easy to have it fully charged always.

Posted on Nov 14, 2012 6:13:04 AM PST
I have the exact same problem as Terri. My kindle takes forever to charge and doesn't seem to hold a charge. Just last week I read for one hour a day for three days, then didn't read or touch it for four days. When I open it, it says battery low and needs charging. WiFi is off and it doesn't appear to be indexing. I have a touch as well and I could do the same type of reading activity and it would last several weeks.

Posted on Nov 14, 2012 6:38:06 AM PST
I agree that the battery doesn't seem to last as long as with the Touch or any previous model, but that seems like an unusual problem. Are you sure you were in "airplane mode" - which means wireless off. ( I hope they go back to simply wireless on/off). Also is your light way up? As was pointed out to me, the brighter the light and airplane mode off will drain the battery more. I now keep my light fairly high at night when Im reading- about "15." Maybe others keep it lower, but I want the light if Im reading and don't have any other light on.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2012 7:13:18 AM PST
Just Peachy says:
Is the light going completely off when you put it to sleep? There is a problem that sometimes occurs that the light is still on even in sleep mode. If this is happening to you, do a restart on the device (Home screen, Menu icon, Settings, Menu icon, Restart)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 18, 2012 6:09:03 AM PST
@Judy, I have the light on at 8 and I'm certain I'm in airplane mode. I decided to conduct another test but log my use. I charged it full the day I wrote the first post, on Nov 14th. It was unplugged by 8pm at night. I didn't use the kindle at all until last night, the 17th, the battery was at "very low levels" the instant I opened the cover. It would appear that something is draining the battery even when it is not in use. I have one of the Amazon covers, so perhaps it is the light issue. That said, I've peaked under the cover before and it didn't appear to be on. I'll try another round of tests, but it appears I received a defective battery that doesn't hold its charge. Thanks for the help.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 18, 2012 6:10:28 AM PST
Just Peachy says:
I would try a restart of the PW. Then recharge and try again. If that doesn't work, then contact Customer Service for a replacement. It could be a defective battery.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 18, 2012 6:30:00 AM PST
I would contact Amazon about this- something is off. Im in airplane mode (you can tell that by the little airplane icon at the top right when you tap on the top of a page to bring up the menu items or by checking your settings) and I keep my light about 16. I charged my kindle a few days ago (sorry, I forget exactly when) and I have an Amazon leather cover for the kindle - the one you just open/close and the kindle comes on/off in sleep mode.) I just looked and the battery is about three fourths charged

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 18, 2012 6:32:38 AM PST
Thanks for the help Pat and Judy. I just got off the phone with Amazon. We factor reset the kindle and are going to test it again. Amazon will call me on Friday to see how it went.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2012 10:14:20 AM PST
MarjB says:
I am also having this problem. I have talked to Kindle Help and will have to again. I have wireless off. It seems to be using battery continuously. I have per "help" reset and started over - thought it was fixed but evidently not. I have about 4 hours reading time and battery life is down to approx 30%.

Posted on Dec 5, 2012 9:24:59 PM PST
C. Perona says:
My Kindle PaperWhite is in AirPlane mode - no wifi - and no back light..nothing but fully charged in the case it was at 25% one week later....go figure...not much going on here. Poor engineering.
Don't buy it unless you have access to power more often than you think.
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