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Traveling with Your Kindle DX


Whispernet Coverage Map

Your wireless coverage depends on which Kindle you own. Click the link below for your model to see your Whispernet coverage area:

Kindle DX (Free 3G) Users Living Outside the United States

If you live outside the United States and use Kindle DX (Free 3G), please see Using Kindle DX (Free 3G) if You Live Outside the United States.

Battery Life

With Kindle's long battery life, you can read your Kindle device on a single charge for up to a week with wireless on. Turn wireless off and read for up to 2 weeks. Battery life will vary based on wireless usage, such as shopping the Kindle Store and downloading content.

Charging Kindle's Battery Outside the United States

Kindle always ships with a Kindle micro-USB cable that allows you to charge Kindle from a computer. To some countries, Kindle also ships with a U.S. power adapter. Power adapters for other countries are also available and can be added to your Kindle order at the time of purchase or bought separately. Please visit the Kindle Store to see the available options:

You can charge your Kindle by connecting it to your computer via the Kindle micro-USB cable or by connecting it to a wall socket using the Kindle micro-USB cable and the Kindle power adapter plug appropriate for your country. The light on your Kindle next to the USB socket will appear yellow when charging and change to green when Kindle is fully charged.

Note on third-party charging devices (not included with your Kindle): Third-party charging devices, power converters, USB wall chargers, and other charging hubs are not supported nor recommended for your Kindle.

Charging Using the Kindle U.S. Power Adapter with a Third-party Physical Plug Adapter

You can charge your Kindle with a third-party physical plug adapter that adapts the two prong Kindle U.S. power adapter to your local power outlet. If you choose to charge your Kindle by connecting it to a wall socket using the Kindle micro-USB cable and Kindle U.S. power adapter with a third-party physical plug adapter, please read and follow all safety instructions provided by the third-party physical plug adapter's manufacturer and make sure the third-party physical plug adapter fits the Kindle U.S. power adapter tightly and without gaps.

Charging from Your Computer via Kindle Micro-USB Cable

When using the Kindle micro-USB cable to charge your Kindle via your computer, charging time will normally take 4 to 6 hours. To charge your Kindle from a computer via Kindle micro-USB cable:

  • Connect Kindle directly to a USB port on your computer. Do not connect through a hub, keyboard, or monitor.
    Illustration of Kindle connected to a computer via USB


  • Connect Kindle to a computer plugged into a power outlet. We recommend keeping your computer plugged into a power outlet while charging your Kindle. Your computer may not supply sufficient power to the USB port if it is not plugged in.

  • Make sure your computer stays on during the entire charging process. Disable Standby, Hibernate or Sleep mode, if necessary.

  • Verify Kindle recognizes the USB connection. You can verify your Kindle is charging if you see the USB drive mode screen. If you do not see this screen, unplug and reconnect your Kindle. You may also need to select an alternate USB port.
Illustration of Kindle screen when in USB drive mode.

Using Kindle while Charging via Kindle Micro-USB Cable

You can use your Kindle while it is connected via USB and charging from your computer by unmounting or ejecting it so Kindle exits USB drive mode.

  • Windows Vista and 7: Click on the Start button, select "Computer" from the options, right-click on the Kindle drive icon and select "Eject" from the pop-up menu.  
  • Windows XP: Right-click on the "Safely remove hardware" icon in the lower left-hand corner of the task bar and follow the on-screen instructions to remove Kindle.
  • Mac OS: Cmd-click on the Kindle device icon and choose "Eject."

Kindle will then exit USB drive mode and display the Home screen. You'll see a lightning bolt on the battery status icon that indicates your Kindle is still charging.

Shopping and Downloading Archived Content without Whispernet Service

If you're traveling outside the Whispernet wireless service area or prefer to use Kindle without accessing Whispernet, you can still shop in the Kindle store on Amazon.com. See Shopping the Kindle Store on Amazon.com for more information.

To download items to your computer at the time of purchase:

  1. Select "Transfer via Computer" from the Deliver to: pull-down menu on the product detail page.
  2. Save the file to your computer when prompted by your web browser.
  3. Connect Kindle to your computer with the USB cable.
  4. Use your computer's file browser to drag and drop the file to your Kindle.

Downloading Archived Content without Whispernet

Books you purchase are automatically stored in your Kindle library on Amazon.com. Books available for re-download appear on the Manage Your Content and Devices page. Additional information is available on the Your Kindle Library Content Help page.

To download your items from Manage Your Content and Devices:

  1. Visit the Manage Your Content and Devices page (http://www.amazon.com/mycd).
  2. Locate the item you wish to download in the "Your Content" tab.
  3. Click on the Actions button next to the title and choose "Download & transfer via USB" from the list.
  4. Save the file to your computer when prompted by your web browser.
  5. Connect Kindle to your computer with the USB cable.
  6. Use your computer's file browser to drag and drop the file to your Kindle.

For more information on using your Kindle's USB connection and transferring files from your computer to your Kindle, see the Transferring, Downloading, and Sending Files to Kindle Help page.

Transferring Personal Documents without Wireless Service

If you're traveling outside your Whispernet coverage area or wish to avoid Personal Document Service fees, you can send your personal documents via e-mail to "name"@free.kindle.com . We'll then deliver Kindle-compatible documents to the e-mail address on your Amazon.com account. You'll then be able to save the files to your computer and transfer them to your Kindle via the USB connection.

For more information on using your Kindle's USB connection and transferring files from your computer to your Kindle, see the Transferring, Downloading, and Sending Files to Kindle Help page.

International Service Fees for U.S. Customers

Kindle DX (Free 3G) customers from the United States can travel internationally and still get books in less than 60 seconds. Customers have the option to wirelessly receive periodicals and personal documents via Whispernet for a fee or transfer files from their computer for free.

  • International Subscription Service: Receive all of your newspaper, magazine, and blog subscription content via Whispernet for a weekly fee of $4.99.

  • International Personal Document Service: Transfer personal documents to your Kindle via Whispernet for $.99 per megabyte (rounded up to the next whole megabyte). For more information about transferring personal files to your Kindle, see the Transferring, Downloading, and Sending Files to Kindle Help page.