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Initial post: May 16, 2012 12:13:09 PM PDT
Kindle Leather Cover, Black, Updated Design (Fits Kindle Keyboard)
Battery life is advertised as "read for up to a month or two on a single charge", but I read one book over the course of a week and needed a recharge. I heard about the problems with power drain from the cover but was told that this was corrected with the "updated design". My cover has gold-colored hooks and was sold as "updated design". Are other people having this problem? - Mike

Posted on May 16, 2012 12:18:40 PM PDT
Forgot to mention - wi-fi is off

In reply to an earlier post on May 16, 2012 12:18:47 PM PDT
I have the same set-up and do not have any battery issues. I only charge the battery about twice a month (out of habit rather than need).

In reply to an earlier post on May 16, 2012 12:19:59 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 16, 2012 12:20:34 PM PDT
How many hours do you read per week? The estimate of a month is based on about 1 hour of reading time per day, IIRC. The estimate of two months is based on 30 minutes of reading per day.

What about wireless useage? Do you have your wireless on a lot? That will use the battery faster.

Do you have any books stuck indexing? Search for any nonsense string (I just hit random letters on the keyboard) - the results will ideally be 0 matches. If any books are not yet indexed, delete them and download them again.

ETA: Just saw your post about wi-fi.

In reply to an earlier post on May 16, 2012 12:45:25 PM PDT
Dinky says:
Mike I had the same problem. Also the cover I got isn't as pliable as my old cover which was defective. The one I have not is also defective in another manner but I don't get what they say you get from the Battery. My Kindle is not that old within a year. I would not send it back since they send you a refurbished on instead of a new one when you send your Kindle back for repair. I will just plod along and keep recharging the battery. I sure would like a new cover but it appears the only one available is the black one. i DON'T think they will be making the lighted covers for the Kindle Keyboard any longer since I have been waiting months for a replacement.

Posted on May 16, 2012 12:53:36 PM PDT
Just Peachy says:
M-Edge makes a nice cover for the KK. Right now on their site they have the ones with the New Yorker covers for 9.99 and you get a free booklight.

In reply to an earlier post on May 16, 2012 12:59:57 PM PDT
About 1 hour per day for me. I only had the wi-fi on to download books and maybe a few minutes of browsing. Tried searching and found 0 matches on nonsense string. I always power off when I stop reading (unless it's a short break). Amazon support told me to try without the cover and see what happens.

In reply to an earlier post on May 16, 2012 1:01:58 PM PDT
Dinky says:
Thank you I will take a look

In reply to an earlier post on May 16, 2012 1:33:11 PM PDT
Mike - Actually just letting it go in to sleep mode is preferable to turning it all the way off. Turning it off and on again uses more battery power than letting it sleep.

Here's a thread you may find interesting:

Posted on May 16, 2012 2:32:57 PM PDT
Beverly says:
I really am surprised at what you said, Pineapple. My battery lasts a long time after it's charged and unless I'm going to read again in a short time, I turn the Kindle completely off. Didn't know it uses more battery power than letting it sleep! Can this really be true, since I'm having no trouble at all with anything and my Kindle keyboard is 1-1/2 years old. I'm very pleased with it and have no complaints.

In reply to an earlier post on May 16, 2012 2:57:00 PM PDT
flipoid says:
Yes, Beverly, it is true. The Kindle uses minimal power in sleep mode, because it doesn't have to refresh the screen. It takes much more power to turn the Kindle on from being completely off each time than if you just let it go to sleep, or put it in sleep mode by quickly flicking the power switch.

Posted on May 16, 2012 3:00:51 PM PDT
My battery is good for about 1,000 pages and then I get the low-battery warning. I usually charge once a week which means it's about half-way down.

Posted on May 16, 2012 3:07:17 PM PDT
The usual estimate for reading time on a KK or K3 has been about 30 hours, with wireless switched off and used for reading only, no indexing.

In reply to an earlier post on May 16, 2012 4:30:35 PM PDT
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Posted on May 18, 2012 6:56:03 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 18, 2012 6:56:20 PM PDT
Beverly says:
Pineapple and flipoid: Thanks so much for the info about sleep mode versus turning completely off. I'll be sure to follow your advice.
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