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Is owning two different Kindle's a Good or Bad Idea?

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Initial post: Jan 4, 2014 9:46:15 AM PST
Pie Grrrl says:
Hi, all Kindle Owners! Happy New 2014 to you all. :D

I have a question about ownership of more than one Kindle and felt that coming to this forum would help me make my decision.

I currently own a Samsung Galaxy 7" tablet which I love and have a Kindle app installed upon. I also own 2013 Kindle Fire HD 7" which I'm mad-crazy for streaming video and reading.

This is my dilemma: The battery life on my Kindle is awful; no more than 7 hours before the battery warning box begins to flash. Sometimes, I will read for 10 hours on a day off (not continuously, I do need to eat and use the loo!) LOL, but a collective 10 hours. Even the battery life on my Samsung tablet is better but...since it's not an amazon product, I can't read the Lender's Library Books or Free Pick books on my tablet.

So....I've guiltily been looking at ordering the Kindle Paperwhite , so that when I'm on a serious reading jag, I don't need to worry about recharging the darn thing every time I get up to make myself something to eat. I received several gift cards from friend's for Christmas so money isn't the problem, but I do feel slightly selfish and guilty for owning TWO Kindle's when my Fire is perfectly-perfect, excepting the poor battery life. Whether I stream a video or read, the battery level drops at the same level; I'm puzzled by this fact, as I'd think that reading would take so much less energy to flip a page then stream a video. But hey, what do I know? LOL

So, is it wrong or evil or un-environmental to own two Kindles? I'd carry the Paperwhite with me all day to read from since I have the Samsung tablet as my work tablet with me at all times. The Fire would be a "Home" reader where I'd always be a short step from The Grid to plug that hungry bugger into an outlet.

Hoping to receive some input about owning multiple Kindles, free of guilt. :D

Posted on Jan 4, 2014 9:48:56 AM PST
JoshuaJohn says:
I have the KK and 1st gen fire, I use the kk now to read reader's digest, the fire does not support the t\reader's digest.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 4, 2014 9:49:36 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
we have 7 between two of us and it works well

Kindle Touch for running around the city, going to wrk, etc
Basic next to bed for reading classics before bed
Fire for travel, games, surfing while watching TV
2nd Basic registered to
Paperwhite = husband's
3rd basic = husband's backup
Kindle 2 for rereads

Posted on Jan 4, 2014 9:51:07 AM PST
BookLover says:
Having more than one kindle is always a good idea. Always.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 4, 2014 9:53:41 AM PST
~nospin says:
You mean it is not mandatory?


Posted on Jan 4, 2014 9:59:24 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
well, this sure isn't a popular thread (goes and upvotes everyone)

Posted on Jan 4, 2014 10:09:36 AM PST
OnOneWheel says:
No such thing as too many...
Original Fire
PW1 (sold - see next)
PW2 (couldn't resist $20 special offer)
7" Fire HDX

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 4, 2014 10:28:14 AM PST
R. D. Clark says:
One school of thought suggests that if all you have is a Fire, you don't actually have a Kindle at all.

But seriously, owning both a tablet and an e-ink reader is a very common user model, as they are really different devices with different strengths. Tablets are inferior e-readers, IMO, not just because of the battery life and glare, but also because of their weight and their ability to provide so many easy distractions. After a couple of weeks using your Paperwhite you won't want to read on your Fire unless you must, I promise.

Don't feel guilty. If you read that much, think of all the power you'll be saving using the efficient PW instead of the gluttonous Fire.

Posted on Jan 4, 2014 11:46:35 AM PST
JoshuaJohn says:
I concur with your last comment. My Fire does consume more power than my kk.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 4, 2014 11:47:42 AM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Many of us own an e-ink Kindle like the Paperwhite for reading and have tablets for everything else. Nothing wrong with that at all.

Posted on Jan 4, 2014 11:50:18 AM PST
For straight reading you MUST have an e-ink Kindle such as the PW. So much easier on the eyes.

Posted on Jan 4, 2014 11:51:04 AM PST
onewac says:
Regardless of what brand you have, one can never have enough "toys" in the toy box!

Posted on Jan 4, 2014 12:07:20 PM PST
MadMak says:
I have 4 kindles and an iPad, selfish? I think not, lol. They all serve their purpose. I have hype original kindle, kindle touch, paperwhite and a fire. They each have their place in my home. The original holds my favorite books, the touch is for my easy chair downstairs, the paperwhite is for bed so DH is not disturbed during the night, the fire is also for bed in case I want to watch a movie and was free from Viggle. Get that paperwhite and enjoy it!!!

Posted on Jan 4, 2014 12:30:04 PM PST
BethW says:
I have 3- the Fire for video and cookbooks, my original KK which I now use for audiobooks, and the PW my main ereader for carrying with me at all times and reading in bed.

Posted on Jan 4, 2014 12:58:27 PM PST
Mary Ellen says:
I have four: a KK, a basic, a second generation 7" Fire and a brand new (Christmas gift) 8.9 HDX. I use all of my devices though I will admit that since getting the HDX I use the second generation Fire a lot less.

Posted on Jan 4, 2014 1:15:06 PM PST
Chris says:
Owning multiple Kindles - or any electronic device these days for that matter - is inevitable in today's consumer driven world where marketing departments constantly strive to keep us unsatisfied with our lot. The battery life is just one more incentive to add to our collections. The issue of being "environmentally friendly" is irrelevant in this discussion since electronic devices by their disposable nature will end up in landfill eventually.

Perhaps it is worth consider purchasing a backup battery charger extender? System-S Backup Battery Charger Extender for Amazon Kindle 4 Fire HD WiFi Touch Essentially a second battery that increases the life of your Kindle dramatically by taking AA batteries. Put in some rechargeable versions of these bad boys and you are going to end up with a much longer daily read.

I find that reading for more than a few hours a day is impossible due to work and family commitments but I still have a paperwhite and a Fire HD. The Fire is actually quite good on battery life so I would estimate that there is something else going on that is responsible for your shortness of battery lifespan. A lot of people fail to keep their devices charged above 50% - a recommended step for lithium-ion batteries lifespan - and they also fail to optimise their devices by removing any non-essential apps and disabling wi-fi. I am fairly certain that you will have looked at these possibilities already but a lot of people miss something along the way. I have done so several times on many of my mobile phones, before finally installing custom operating systems to optimise the devices.

Finally, thank you for caring about the environment. It's an important point in this day and age, but sadly it will always take second place to our need to have nicer items and better lives. This is visibly demonstrated by the many thousands of second hand unloved devices that adorn the windows of many pay-day loan stores and pawnbrokers around the world.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 4, 2014 1:19:57 PM PST
Just Peachy says:
I have a KK, Paperwhite and 8.9-inch Fire. I seldom use the KK. I do book reading on the PW and other stuff with the Fire. I'm going to lend my KK to my sister so she can read a book series I've been telling her about.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 4, 2014 1:46:55 PM PST
I can't imagine having only one, now. I keep samples, shorts, articles, not-sure-abouts, etc on one KK. The other KK has biographies, and other non-fiction. My PW has all my fiction. And my Fire has my cookbooks. My son has a BK with his kid books.

Posted on Jan 4, 2014 2:04:50 PM PST
:) I just wish the HD I bought for my husband would change it's name already-Susan's 6th Kindle seems a little obsessive . Seriously though, like many here-they each have a different purpose. My Basics are for general reading, my KK goes with me in the car, and my Fires are for games, videos, etc. I am thinking that I should pick up the DX before they are all gone...

Posted on Jan 4, 2014 2:16:11 PM PST
Carbonbased says:
I suppose it's not required to have more than one, given all the folks who post here trying to trade in their old ones, but that's not the right way to go. It's important to have one of every kind, so you can offer assistance to noobs.
The KK with the stuck screen is my book sink.
The working KK is for the newspaper and cookbook storage (excellent search feature for ingredients)
DX is loaned to Luddite brother;
backup DX is waiting for him to drop the first one.
Original Fire is alarm clock;
HD 8.9 is primary reading/surfing device;
HDX 7 is strictly video-tastic.

Posted on Jan 4, 2014 2:17:12 PM PST
I currently have 18 Kindles (plus a few apps) on my account, which I share with my sister. Why 18? Because I haven't found number 19 yet............

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 4, 2014 2:19:21 PM PST
A correction - you are right that you can only read books from the Lending Library on a Kindle, but Kindle First books can be read on apps as well.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 4, 2014 2:20:33 PM PST
My son is supposed to sell Krispy Kreme certificates for basketball. The kid who sells the most gets a Fire HD. He broke MY fire; I'm like, go sell some donuts, boy!

Posted on Jan 4, 2014 2:32:32 PM PST
lonbeehold says:
I have 3 Kindle e-ink readers and an iPad and all are in regular use. I bought my first Kindle, a KK, after I my iPad got overheated in the sun while reading. I have both versions of the PW. They first gen, I gave to my husband, and the new one is mine. It goes with me everywhere. The KK is still in use but stays home. I don't organize my books by device but I do prefer using the Kindle app on my iPad for cookbooks. I daughter has a first gen Fire and she uses it everyday.

Posted on Jan 4, 2014 4:25:17 PM PST
If it's evil, then there are a lot of us evil people on this Forum. I got a K2i and used it constantly and loyally until they came out with the Paperwhite, which goes everywhere with me. I got a Fire for Christmas for travel so I can get e-mail without carting a computer. I must confess I don't use the K2i as much anymore, but I DO use it.

You have the means to get what you want and I think you should do what works for you and enjoy it!
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