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Initial post: Sep 11, 2013 4:41:02 PM PDT
sddrlj says:
it says battery life up to 8 weeks if only used for one half hour a day. I read at least 4 to 6 and some times 10 hours a day. so how many hours will the battery hold up in real time?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 11, 2013 4:41:58 PM PDT
Dittie says:
The same 28 hours.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 11, 2013 4:49:58 PM PDT
Meya says:
WiFi status, light setting (for the Paperwhite) and font size effect battery life also. Larger fonts mean more page turns.

Posted on Sep 11, 2013 5:14:40 PM PDT
sddrlj says:
i keep the wifi off unless i need to look up and download something set letters to med and use as little back light as i can get away with i am considering getting a kindle and want something that will last longer than the samsung tab 2 witch is around 8 to 10 hours before i have to charge

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 11, 2013 5:18:55 PM PDT
Meya says:
You will get about 28 hours on the Paperwhite and the Basic Kindle. The Paperwhite has a front light system that makes it great for all situations, from total darkness to bright sunlight.

Posted on Sep 11, 2013 5:23:01 PM PDT
sddrlj says:

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 11, 2013 5:28:07 PM PDT
Meya says:
You do understand that the Paperwhite is a dedicated ereader, not a tablet device?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 11, 2013 5:40:02 PM PDT
sddrlj says:
yes i do i read a lot and have been enjoying the kindle app for tablets and pc

Posted on Oct 14, 2013 4:18:39 PM PDT
I inherited a 22-month old Kindle Touch from my wife, who read on it a lot. She probably charged it around 45 times. I have charged it fully, twice, via AC adapter, and keep the wi-fi off. I get only 7-8 hours of reading before it needs a charge again. I can do better with my Samsung TABLET fer gosh's sake! So much for lengthy e-reader battery life....

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 14, 2013 5:31:24 PM PDT
If your wife "read on it a lot", she would have had to charge it way more than "45 times". Something is not right here.

FYI - Battery life is affected by a number of things - ie playing audio books instead of just reading, have wifi on when the Touch cannot connect, etc. I've never measured how long my Touch lasts. I just check the battery when I'm through reading. If less than half, I charge overnight. Since I have other things to do, I rarely spend more than a few hours reading in a day.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 14, 2013 5:41:20 PM PDT
B. Marks says:
If your wife ever let the battery go dead that can make it need to be charged more often. Just how much it hurts the battery varies but it can be very drastic and it's not uncommon for the battery to never be able to be charged again.

If you have the lighted cover that can also shorten battery life.


In reply to an earlier post on Oct 14, 2013 5:48:55 PM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
How many books do you have on your Kindle?? You might want to see if there are any books stuck at indexing. To do this make sure the Kindle is unplugged. From the home page do a search for a nonsense word like zezzez for example. It should come back with nothing found and will also tell you if any books are indexing. If there are books stuck at indexing that could drain your battery within a few hours.

Posted on Oct 14, 2013 6:40:55 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 14, 2013 7:00:06 PM PDT
There are only 29 books on this Kindle Touch, which does not have a lighted cover. It was taken good care of, battery never ran dead, and my impression is that my wife got much more than 7-8 hours reading time on each charge. She says she actually charged it much less than 45 times in 22 months. There do not appear to be any books stuck at indexing. However there are folders and files on it that are not my books (She deleted all of hers rather than doing a complete reset, so I could read two (2) of her books. But there appear to be folders and files for at least 20 books that are not mine.)

Since my previous post, I connected the device to my computer via USB. It began charging about two hours ago, and the light was still amber. I then accessed the Kindle via "My Computer" and everything seemed OK, but a couple of minutes later it began endlessly disconnecting and reconnecting to the USB port. I removed it and tried another port- same issue. Possibly a Windows 8 issue? I connected it to my wife's Win XP computer and had no problems at all. It appears to now be about 90% charged and appears to be operating normally (removed from computer).

I was loathe to get a Kindle for myself, but since my wife loves reading on it, I got her a new PaperWhite and took this one. Given its tempermental performance so far, I may give it up and sell it for $5 on eBay... Although I just bought a case for it and a "Go-Go pillow" for reading in bed, thinking it was gonna work out. Not a happy camper.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 15, 2013 4:20:23 AM PDT
Since "It appears to now be about 90% charged and appears to be operating normally " when you use your wife's computer to charge the Touch, could the problem possibly be with your computer and not the Touch? Some computers will automatically "turn off" equipment (LAN cards, USB ports, etc) when the computer thinks it's not in use to save power. Could this be what is happening?

IMO, if the problem existed with the Touch, it would happen no matter which computer you use to charge the device.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 15, 2013 4:37:31 AM PDT
Meya says:
Do a search for a nonsense word such "33iihhhhh." The results should be zero. If it finds anything, you have book stuck indexing, which would chew up the battery. You should need to delete the offending book or books, and re-download them.

Posted on Oct 15, 2013 6:48:39 AM PDT
The charging problem may well be an issue with my Windows 8 desktop. So I will have to charge & access the device via my wife's laptop, or using her wall-charger.

The short battery life is another issue. After reading the 2nd of 2 books my wife left on the device for me to read, I may do a complete reset, and re-download my books from the cloud. The appearance of many stray folders and files in the Kindle's "documents" folder is a bit weird.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 15, 2013 6:51:10 AM PDT
Meya says:
E. Lisansky, don't delete or otherwise manage Kindle files on the Touch by using your computer's file management system. You can totally mess it up doing that. For one thing, the Touch will not reflect the correct used/available space when files are deleted in that manner.

We have had users who broke their Kindles beyond repair by deleting system files when using the computer interface for files.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 15, 2013 6:57:04 AM PDT
@Meya- Thanks for that info. Would a complete reset be advisable? I only have about 29 books and could easily re-download them to a reset/refreshed device...

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 15, 2013 6:59:58 AM PDT
Meya says:
Did you search for a book stuck indexing?

A reset can be a good way to clear out the cobwebs, but I wonder, have you done a reboot?

With the device unplugged from any power source, press and hold the power button for a full 30 seconds. Set it down, and don't touch it for 5 minutes.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 15, 2013 7:04:06 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 15, 2013 7:16:02 AM PDT
I did search for stuck indexing- no sign of that.
I will try a re-boot now.

I read for 1/2 hour last night, and the battery charge indicator is still on full, a good sign. I am keeping track of actual reading time going forward, so I can see exactly how the battery is performing.

Following the re-boot, the device current time needed to be reset. I did so, connected wi-fi to download the latest offers, that worked, but immediately the clock was off by about 2 hours. I reset the time again, and we'll see if it sticks. The device is somewhat unstable...
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