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How do you change the battery on a Kindle Fire?


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Initial post: Oct 26, 2011, 2:35:15 PM PDT
How do you change the battery on a Kindle Fire and what type of battery does it take? Even if you charge the battery frequently, at some point the battery will die and need to be replaced.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2011, 2:36:18 PM PDT
Since no one has one yet, no one has taken one apart yet.

Posted on Oct 26, 2011, 3:12:45 PM PDT
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Posted on Oct 26, 2011, 5:50:01 PM PDT
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Posted on Oct 26, 2011, 5:54:05 PM PDT
One says:
You mail it back to Amazon and they will change the battery.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2011, 5:58:31 PM PDT
JES says:
There are always private companies that advertise that they can change any battery. But I wouldn't go to one of those companies unless my device was already out of warranty.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2011, 6:00:56 PM PDT
Bridget Ruth says:
How do you change the battery on your iPod?

Most people don't because they're not technically user replaceable. The battery usually lasts long enough that it's about time to upgrade the device anyway.

Posted on Oct 26, 2011, 10:44:19 PM PDT
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Posted on Oct 27, 2011, 4:50:33 AM PDT
I am not sure but I think having it in your possession would be the first step

Posted on Oct 27, 2011, 5:10:19 AM PDT
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Posted on Oct 27, 2011, 6:44:17 AM PDT
Sailorman says:
Could this thread be the next, "I'm cancelling my Fire preorder because the Fire doesn't have a user replaceable battery"?

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Posted on Oct 27, 2011, 6:52:15 AM PDT
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Posted on Oct 27, 2011, 6:53:40 AM PDT
Frank Tuttle says:
The battery in my iPod Touch is still going strong after years of hard use. I imagine the Fire battery will last even longer.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 27, 2011, 7:13:24 AM PDT
NG says:
Dappa
Hey, I had to change the battery on my K2 (wasn't too bad), waiting for the Fire to come out. If it died again, I was going to get a Galaxy Tab. I'm still waiting...

Posted on Oct 27, 2011, 1:27:51 PM PDT
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Posted on Oct 27, 2011, 3:29:51 PM PDT
Neaklaus says:
Sounds to me like Susan is smart enough to do her homework and research before she buys a Kindle Fire.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 27, 2011, 4:21:42 PM PDT
Bufo Calvin says:
Susan, we don't exactly know yet.

If it's like many modern electronic devices (including all Kindles following the Kindle 1), it will not have a user-replaceable battery. What happens is that when the battery eventually wears out, you send it to the company that sold it to you (Amazon, in this case, even if you get it in a store...most likely), and they replace it or send you another unit.

I think when you are asking what "type of battery does it take", that you are wondering if it is like a C or D battery...a specific type? Again, we don't know...but the other Kindles use a Lithium-Ion battery.

It may have a similar battery to the iPad, which I believe is expected to last 1,000 charges, approximately. If that was the case and you ran it down every day, it would last about two and three quarters years.

That might vary quite a bit, though.

We'll know more after they post the User's Guide...

Posted on Nov 1, 2011, 3:20:56 PM PDT
Dappa Yute says:
It is definitely a +5V battery charging anywhere from 1800 to 2100 mAh using a micro USB. The battery is probably some type of lithium ion polymer and even if you decide to open it, the manufacturer would probably be unknown and probably says "manufactured exclusively for Amazon". Batteries, like electronics typically follow an exponential failure rate. If the battery is going to fail, it would most likely fail immediately (say less than 30 days) or goes through its life cycle of charge/discharge.
I say quit worrying about replacing the battery and just enjoy your KF. Believe me, someone will open the KF and see what's in it anyway to bootleg some stuff.

Posted on Nov 1, 2011, 5:21:27 PM PDT
By the time the battery needs replacing the thing will look as old as Michael Douglas's cell phone in the original Wall Street movie. If at that point you still want to use it, for instance as part of a "retro" Halloween costume, you can send it back to Amazon to get a new battery.

Posted on Nov 1, 2011, 11:58:09 PM PDT
AC Sue says:
I'm glad this was asked; it's one more thing I've never thought about.

I'm just starting to think about tablets in general, and I probably would have assumed that it would be like my phone and my laptop, and that I could change the battery and even buy an extra one if I wanted.

So, I know it must be a stupid question, but if a tablet is sort of between a smartphone and a laptop, why aren't the batteries generally user replaceable?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2011, 2:52:59 AM PDT
@ppcsue: I don't know the answer, but the battery in my Toshiba tablet is user-swappable - I have a spare battery.
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