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Charging my Kindle


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Initial post: Oct 19, 2013 11:57:06 AM PDT
Sherrill says:
I've had my Kindle for 2 years this December and for the past two months I've been having trouble with it holding a charge. I've plugged it into the wall and also into my computer and it usually takes more then 30 minutes to charge and then it doesn't seem to get completely charged. I only read at night for maybe an hour and turn it off when I'm finished. Do you think its the Kindle or the cord?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 19, 2013 12:11:30 PM PDT
Sherrill - I'd try another cable. Also, try rebooting it.

Since you do not specify which Kindle you have, here are instructions for rebooting most models:

For the Fire:
Make sure it has at least a 50% charge. Unplug the Fire.
Hold the power button in for a full 30 seconds (count them).
Press the power button again to turn it back on.
The "kindle fire" screen will appear for a couple of minutes while it's coming back on.

For e-ink Kindles:
For 2nd Generation, Keyboard Kindle, Basic $69 Kindle, Kindle Touch, Paperwhite
and Kindle DX:
Make sure it has at least a 50% charge. Unplug the Kindle.
Slide the power switch over (or press the power button) for a full 30 seconds (count them).
PUT IT DOWN AND DON'T TOUCH IT. It may take a few minutes to reboot.
Then turn on wireless and your books and Collections will repopulate.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 19, 2013 2:26:56 PM PDT
robin says:
Sherrill,
The key point that is revealing is your opening statement, "I've had my Kindle for 2 years."

As with most portable devices, the first place to investigate is its own internal power supply, the lithium-ion (Li-ion) or lithium-polymer (Li-Pol) battery. [1] If you have been an avid reader, then my guess is that you love your Kindle so much, you are using it daily in a mobile fashion, e.g. not using the power cable.

As a recent Kindle owner myself, I was curious at the battery lifetime of this device. Don't confuse the battery lifetime, number of discharge cycles with battery life, how long a fully charged battery will take to discharge.

The answer to the question you are asking is for the lifetime of the battery.

See: [2] "Since batteries are used in demanding environmental conditions, manufacturers take a conservative approach and specify the life of most Li-ion between 300 and 500 discharge/charge cycles"

Note that this is beyond the daily use limit as you indicate.

Related reading: (sic sp Kindle)
Forum post "Kinde Fire Not Charging, Frozen, Battery Dead? Try this approach" [3]

If you have nimble fingers and up for the task, tools, patience, risk tolerance: Take apart a Kindle HD - pics [4][5]
Replacement ~$25-$30 [6]

Try the quickest and least expensive first. Power off restart. [3] Then compare a fast charge cable with the slow charge cable. If that didn't do the trick, my guess is the battery [disclaimer - verify your device and replacement part-warranty etc before purchase] based on your usage. [2] One could always use the low current micro USB charge cable [8] connected to a PC for continual use. The last option while not convenient, would alleviate the immediate repair/replacement of your treasured device. Note: Not affiliated with any link listed here.

My $0.02 worth
Robin

[1] http://www.ebay.com/bhp/kindle-replacement-battery
[2] http://batteryuniversity.com/learn/article/how_to_prolong_lithium_based_batteries
[3] http://www.amazon.com/forum/kindle/ref=cm_cd_search_res_ti?_encoding=UTF8&cdForum=Fx1D7SY3BVSESG&cdPage=1&cdSort=oldest&cdThread=Tx3BVTWI4W8QESI#Mx1J5J4ZCIKGFW7
[4] http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Kindle+Fire+HD+Teardown/10457/
[5] http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Installing+Kindle+Fire+HD+8.9-Inch+Battery/12922/1
[6] http://www.powerbookmedic.com/Kindle-Fire-HD-Battery-p-23079.html
[7] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kindle_Fire
[8] http://www.discountcell.com/cellular/p/amkindle-fire-hd-89_amicrousbrpdcbnp_5?gclid=CO2d7_Too7oCFclDMgodbgUAbw

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2013 4:59:30 AM PST
Auntynet says:
Eh?

Posted on Dec 27, 2013 9:01:08 AM PST
HRH Spider says:
yes my dear kindle dx died at 23 months would not hold a charge so spent $35 on new battery connected it up and it still not holding charge
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