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Initial post: Jan 9, 2012 8:15:48 AM PST
I got a Kindle Touch for Christmas and have had very few problems with it (nothing a restart couldn't sort out). However, I'm not seeing amazing weeks-on-end battery life with the device.

Relevant data:
1. I keep wifi off except when downloading new material
2. I do read quickly (more page refreshes) but I also have the screen set on a reasonable smallish font
3. When I download a lot of books at once, I do re-plug in the device so it has more power during indexing
4. I read about 1-3 hours a day, depending on the day

All that in consideration ... after a week, starting at full recharge, I'm at 1/3 battery.

What are your experiences? I'd like to hear from other Kindle Touch owners on the battery life they are experiencing.

Posted on Jan 9, 2012 8:18:56 AM PST
Xavi says:
I get 4+ weeks on mine. I usually read in bed with the Amazon booklight cover for about an hour each night. More on weekends. I last charged mine right before Christmas in preparation for a trip to Germany. It's not yet quite down to 50%. I have another flight out West coming up this weekend and I expect that it will finally reach or fall just below 50%.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 9, 2012 8:20:00 AM PST
That sounds pretty good to me. I think that the weeks on end battery life is for people who read less than an hour a day.

I read between 2 & 4 hours a day & I have the wifi on for probably 15 minutes a day because I can't seem to restrain my book buying addiction. I get around a week to ten days on a full charge.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 9, 2012 8:23:44 AM PST
Bridget Ruth says:
The two month battery life (or whatever it is) is for reading half an hour per day.

Also, it takes a few cycles for the battery to really get into the rhythm and get full capacity out of it. I've had my kindle since the Tuesday before Christmas and I've only recharged it once (and it was about 1/3 battery).

Also, it could have a book stuck indexing. Search your items for a nonsense word (asm143). If a book is stuck it will tell you. That's a serious battery drain and can happen even if you download one book.

Posted on Jan 9, 2012 8:25:19 AM PST
I always check on the index whenever I've added a lot of new books and so far, no major hang-ups.

Posted on Jan 9, 2012 8:25:56 AM PST
❤ Ann says:
I usually read for a few hours per day, am a fast reader, and I leave my wifi on most of the time. It's been at least two weeks since I last charged (maybe longer). I've had my Touch since mid-November, and I'm thinking it might have needed more frequent charging in the first week or so, when I was doing more downloading from archives and importing collections and such. You might give it a bit more time and see if things improve. If not, I'd contact Kindle CS for help.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 9, 2012 8:35:09 AM PST
Bridget Ruth says:
Then it probably just hasn't gotten into the groove yet. Mine hasn't.

For the rate you read and the amount of time you spend reading you can probably expect 2-3 weeks of battery life (if you charge before it tells you to, probably up to 4-6 weeks if you wait until the battery gets really low). If it isn't up to that in the next few charging cycles, then you might want to call CS (one year warranty and all).

Posted on Jan 14, 2012 3:05:25 AM PST
D. hamilton says:
I bought 2 of these for my daughters for Xmas. One charges and the battery life is great. the other, shows a full charge, but once you touch the screen at all, it drops to almost empty, reacts really slow, and then dies in a few minutes. Pretty depressing I would say. Maybe it hasn't got in the groove yet, and maybe there is something else wrong with it. Dont know. I wonder if I should have forked out for the warranty on it? I hope I dont have to eat a 99 dollar defect.

Posted on Jan 14, 2012 5:49:23 AM PST
Scheherazade says:
I get about 7-10 days, but I read like 4-6 hours a day, sometimes more.
However when I listen to audiobooks, there is a significant drop on the battery meter and I have to recharge it before the end of the day.
Does this happen to your kindles as well?

Posted on Jan 14, 2012 6:05:41 AM PST
Mary McManus says:
To me the accounts of what battery life others are getting is meaningless because it involves many factors: If you are using a larger font, you have more page turns and thus use more battery; if you read very fast, the same thing happens; if you read many hours a day, you will use more battery than the person who only reads a few minutes. I need to leave wi-fi on because I have a blog, magazines, and a newspaper downloading and want them to come in as soon as they are available. So I can't compare what I do to what others do. I plug mine in about every other night even though the battery is showing more than 50%. I have done this with all the Kindles I've had and have never had a battery problem. Do not let the battery run all the way down. You have an outlet to plug it into and you can't read while you're asleep so why the fixation?

Posted on Jan 14, 2012 11:13:03 AM PST
D. hamilton says:
alright, this ticks me off. My email I use for Amazon is only used in a few places. And I haven't used it for anything else in a long time. But shortly after posting here about the battery life, and this is my first of this kind on Amazon, my inbox for this email account is flooded with garbage? coincidence?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2012 11:22:04 AM PST
❤ Ann says:
@D. hamilton - That sounds like something more than a normal "new battery" issue. Have you tried restarting the Kindle? If you can get to the menus, tap Menu->Settings->Menu->Restart. If not, press and hold the power button in for 20-30 seconds, then release and wait for it to reboot. If restarting doesn't help, I'd contact customer service. Click the 'Help' link on the top or bottom of any amazon.com page, then the 'Contact us' button. The Kindles come with a 1-year warranty.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 26, 2012 6:02:33 PM PST
S. VALE says:
@Leslie Boongaling I use the speech-to-text feature quite a bit, and I noticed the same battery draining that you are. I think that's fairly common. On the other hand, I think mine is draining too fast with just the Wi-Fi on. I'm Gonna keep it for a little while longer and then if it doesn't clear up trade it in for a new one

Posted on Feb 29, 2012 7:23:18 PM PST
S. S. Corso says:
I'm on my second touch; both have battery lives that lasted less than a week - sometimes dropping to half-dead in a day - with little or no reading and wireless off. Anyone else having this problem?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 14, 2012 8:00:05 AM PDT
Ella says:
Do you use weak Wi-Fi to browse the internet, if so, you will have weak battery life for a while. If you don't I would consider suing Kindle. On the box it says long battery life and that it'll stay charged 2-3 months-false advertisement. I go for at least $600 for the time and money wasted. If you jailbreak the device, the battery life will stay even longer.

Posted on Mar 14, 2012 8:09:40 AM PDT
CLS10 says:
I pretty much get 3+ weeks and that's with the wifi almost always kept on. I use my kindle daily during my commute and sometimes before bed (other times I use my iPad).

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 14, 2012 9:00:25 AM PDT
Marion Stitt says:
wow .. I have to charge mine every day ...you must have a great battery !

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 14, 2012 9:08:48 AM PDT
You sure you are talking about a Touch? Its battery should last at least for many days. The Fire has much shorter battery life.

Posted on Mar 14, 2012 6:33:52 PM PDT
I read about 1-2 hours a day and I feel like I have to recharge a lot. Got mine for Christmas. Turned off wi-fi too and didn't notice any improvement.

when it says its low battery, how much longer will it last? Mine flashed low batery last night and I read for maybe an hour after that and it was still running.

Posted on Mar 15, 2012 7:58:46 AM PDT
morellik says:
Seems to be strange, but after updated my kindle touch firmware to 5.0.4 the battery life is increased.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 15, 2012 8:06:26 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 15, 2012 8:11:55 AM PDT
❤ Ann says:
@Michael - it's best not to let the battery get too low before recharging. The recommendations I've seen are to recharge before the battery gets below 25% or so.

Are you using text-to-speech or audiobooks, playing Active Content games, or connecting via a weak wifi signal? Those things will drain the battery faster. You might try rebooting your Touch: Home->Menu->Settings->Menu->Restart, or press and hold the power button for a full 30 seconds, then release and wait for it to restart. If you're still having to recharge often, contact customer support. Click the 'Help' link at the top or bottom of any Amazon site page, then press 'Contact Us'.

Edit: One more thought - are you turning your Kindle all the way off when not in use, or just putting it to sleep? Turning it off and on uses more battery than leaving it in sleep mode, and there's no need to turn it off unless you won't be using it for an extended period of time.

Posted on Mar 15, 2012 8:41:37 AM PDT
Trim Tram says:
I get about 2 weeks reading 1.5-2 hours a day.

Posted on Mar 15, 2012 9:04:11 AM PDT
Ed says:
After the third charge, the battery in my Touch is lasting much longer.

The claimed 2 months at 1/2 hour per day translates to about thirty hours of use. So at 4 hours reading a day, with wifi off and no book loading, you should get about a week of battery life. Not half bad when compared to reading time on tablets.

Posted on Mar 15, 2012 1:14:07 PM PDT
Jo MW says:
Under heavy use (for me that means 4-5 books/week or 2-3 hours/day)my Touch's charge is usually down from full to about 50% in a week.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 15, 2012 1:18:38 PM PDT
Zanzibar says:
I read about 2 hours a day, play a word game a few minutes a day, turn wifi on once a day to update. I get to about 1/3 charge in 2 weeks on my KT.
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