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How do I charge the Kindle Fire HD?

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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2012, 2:38:14 PM PST
Sheldon says:
Yes. My Kindle HD 8.9 gets very warm when I'm using it heavily, but it does not get warm when charging. The wall charger doesn't even get warm.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2012, 4:00:50 PM PST
marcia says:
As I found out after checking out all my options, settings and exploring various tabs.....the only thing u are not able to do is change the icon symbol from a battery that is depleting to a percentage(%) symbol. No big deal, ur battery will show the color within it slowly going down with use & visa versa. U also can go into ur many options and see the bar showing and saying Battery.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2012, 4:25:26 PM PST
marcia says:
I shut my KF cover and allowed it to charge while not in use. No heat emanating from unit or charger. Thanks. Now I want to check out ur suggestions for free kindle reader book sites. Thanks again.

Posted on Dec 31, 2012, 6:51:24 AM PST
hippychick says:
Confession: turns out I was using an old charge cable and it was not working to charge my new Kindle HD. Once my geek son found me the correct charger cable it worked fine. So the problem was me and not the Kindle HD, just wanted to clarify that point. (I'm not usually that blonde).

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 31, 2012, 7:25:50 AM PST
jsh1120 says:
You get points for admitting where the problem came from. Kudos. :)

Posted on Dec 31, 2012, 7:37:33 AM PST
Daniel says:
I found that if the battery was low, 5% or lower, it wouldn't charge if I was using it...once it reached about 15% I was able to use and charge at the same time.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 31, 2012, 7:43:02 AM PST
jsh1120 says:

True. And if you use a low power charger you may get a warning not to use the KF while charging. It's like trying to fill a bathtub with a teaspoon with the drain open.

Posted on Dec 31, 2012, 7:45:10 AM PST
Daniel says:
The battery icon in the upper right corner will turn green and start to "move" as it is charging

Posted on Jan 4, 2013, 1:51:27 PM PST
How do I register my new kindle fire

Posted on Jan 7, 2013, 2:27:23 PM PST
Rose says:
I have the new kindle fire hd. it seems that it won't charge while in use, is . this core e Dr.

Posted on Jan 7, 2013, 2:41:33 PM PST
jsh1120 says:

You need a wall charger rated at least at 5W/1.8amps. Otherwise, you're trying to fill a bathtub with the drain open. Many are available. The Kindle FastCharger works well. So do many other chargers including the one below.

PowerGen Dual Port USB 2.1A 10W AC Travel Wall Charger - White

Posted on Jan 7, 2013, 5:20:05 PM PST
Sheldon says:
People! This is a long thread with a lot of answers regarding charging your Kindle. Before posting a new question why not peruse the entire thread and you will probably find the answer you are looking for.

Posted on Jan 13, 2013, 4:50:25 PM PST
how do i know my kindle is charged

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 13, 2013, 5:18:44 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 13, 2013, 6:12:31 PM PST
jsh1120 says:

You must be new here. :) Wonderful suggestion but this forum attracts many folks who want someone to do their homework.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 13, 2013, 6:37:20 PM PST
Sheldon says:
I'm trying. Somebody needs to copy the first decent answer and keep repeating it through this post. Once again -- 1. Sweep down from the top of the screen. 2. Tap More. 3. Tap Device. You will see a yellow bar across the screen giving you the state of charge. You can also download one of the many battery apps that give you a percentage in the corner of the screen while using the tablet. Unfortunately there is no light or charge indicator on the device.

Keep in mind charging with a computer's USB port is very, very slow. Better is a USB charge adaptor like for an iPhone or iPad and better yet is a fast charger from Amazon or something comparable.

Posted on Jan 14, 2013, 10:46:28 PM PST
Candy says:
yeah, the kindle fire doesn't get a charge from the computer (why?... I'm not sure) but you would think that it would, but it does work with a usb port that plugs into a wall outlet. the battery icon on the screen will fill up green to let you know it's charging.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2013, 11:17:44 AM PST
I have a Kindle Fire (not HD) also, and noticed the problem with the too-loose cable that plugs into the wall. The best way I found was touchy, meaning you didn't want to touch your Kindle once you got it charging; the slightest movement would loosen the cable connection again. What I did was set my Kindle down on a table where it wouldn't be disturbed. Touch the gear-looking doohickey (not quite the technical term, LOL!) and Click on "More". Go down that settings list and select "Device". Third down from the top is the Battery reading, showing what % of a charge remains. Holding your Kindle steady, lug in your USB (which should already be plugged into the wall outlet). If your Kindle's charging, you should see three things: 1-The battery symbol in your upper-right corner will show a moving green light, indicating it's charging; 2-The battery reading should say "Battery __% Charging" and 3-The little on-off button next to your USB port should glow orange. If these aren't happening, unplug your USB cable from your Kindle, wait a few seconds, then plug it in again and wait a few seconds to see if it's connected (it doesn't show right away, it takes a few seconds). Be sure NOT to jiggle or move your Kindle in any way! Hold it steady when you're plugging the USB in. Sometimes I had to do this 10 or 15 times or more. When you see those three things, it's charging. Move away s-l-o-w-l-y and don't even breathe on your Kindle, LOL! When your battery is full, the Battery setting will read "Battery 100%" and the on-off button will glow green. I finally bought a new wall charger ( - "AmazonBasics Wall Charger with USB Outlet (2.1 Amp Output)" - cost $9.99, and the cable that goes from the wall charger to the Kindle AmazonBasics USB Cable - 2.0 A Male to Micro B - 6 Feet (1.8 Meters) - "AmazonBasics "USB Cable - 2.0 A Male to Micro B (6 Feet / 1.8 Meters" - cost $5.79. These work perfectly, and fit snugly. One note, the end of the USB cable that goes into the wall charger doesn't go all the way in, so you'll see part of the metal connector protruding. That seems to be normal, and doesn't interfere with anything. Still, I unplug it every day. Hope this helps!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2013, 11:20:42 AM PST
My Fire (not an HD) puts itself to sleep if I haven't done anything for about 5 minutes. Otherwise, just push the little on-off button on the bottom, next to your USB port. If you hold that button in, you'll get a message onscreen asking if you want to shut down your Kindle, but just pushing it and releasing it without holding it in will put it to sleep, and if you do that again you'll wake it up again.

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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 17, 2013, 4:08:35 AM PST
My son's KF adapter never has a tight fit for charging - and today the charger stopped. So we had an extra usb cable and are trying to charge it via my acer laptop. Will it work?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 17, 2013, 5:53:13 AM PST
jsh1120 says:
Perhaps. It depends upon the power supplied by the usb port on the laptop. But there is no danger in using another usb cable.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 18, 2013, 6:12:10 PM PST
You need at least a 2 amp charger check your charger where it says output.

Posted on Jan 18, 2013, 8:59:05 PM PST
Sheldon says:
No, No. A 2 Amp charger would be ideal but not necessary to charge a Kindle. The small Kindle charger works fine, and it's only rated at .85 amps. iPhone chargers work great but slower than the 2 Amp fast charger.
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