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Initial post: 4 Sep 2010 17:31:06 BDT
DaveyH says:
I got my Kindle on Tuesday, plugged it in as noted and waited for the charge indicator to turn green. Have been using it a bit, in the main to read the Indie, currently on trial. This morning, 3.5 days later, the kindle flashes a message that battery is extremely low and to charge immediately. Hope it gets better with use, I know they can.

This is with 3G on constantly, yes I know I don't need to.

On the plus side it's easy to hold and use even with one hand (dominant in my case) in a cast, which happened last Sunday after I fell off my bike!

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Sep 2010 17:43:59 BDT
SpooRancher says:
Mine's three-quarters gone after 18 hours :-(

Posted on 4 Sep 2010 17:47:29 BDT
mine was the same, lasted a few days, admittedly with full 3g, wifi and web browsing

even so, it had better improve or my full on kindle advocacy to all my friends and akwayntances will dry up - fast!

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Sep 2010 17:52:09 BDT
G.Donohoe - akwayntances

Is your Dictionary not working properly either?????? lol

Posted on 4 Sep 2010 17:54:05 BDT
Mine is 3 quarters full after 2 days and some web browsing. Although my wifi is not constantly on. I only have it on when I need it.

Posted on 4 Sep 2010 18:20:10 BDT
Last edited by the author on 4 Sep 2010 18:23:27 BDT
Dennyboy says:
Since wednesday when i got it the battery has used a small amount of battery, wifi only on when needed and only to read. As i have been on Holiday this week i have also read most of each day so i am impressed so far.

Posted on 5 Sep 2010 10:21:05 BDT
My 3G lasted nearly 6 days with wireless constantly on and a fair use of the browser in the first two days.

Following its secomd charge, I'm using it with wireless off to see how long it lasts under those conditions.

As with all battery powere units, the more it is used rhe shorter will be battery length - just look at your mobile phone's battery life if you don't use it. The advertised battery life is a maximum and probably could be achieved if you always left it on standby. But there's no point in not using it to conserve the battery that's there so you can use it LOL

Posted on 5 Sep 2010 10:59:20 BDT
Damaskcat says:
I think you'll find that like all battery operated gadgets the charge lasts longer after a few charges. I've found the green light an unreliable indicator of when it is fully charged and I leave it overnight to charge plugged into the mains My last charge lasted 7 days - with wi-fi and downloading many books and reading 4-5 hours a day. I expect the current charge will last longer than that but it all depends how much you use it and how strong your wi-fi or 3G signal is.

Posted on 5 Sep 2010 11:40:59 BDT
BabyD says:
mine lasted 2 days on first charge, its 3G but I was really hammering it and downloading all my books and newspapers all the time........second charge is now on day 2 but only a teeny bit taken off the charge indicator so far, still downloading every day too, looks good so far. Takes a few charges for the battery indicators to be accurate.

Posted on 5 Sep 2010 12:12:28 BDT
reasssuring stuff

akwayntances was just me being intellectually lazy

though strangely I went back and corrected it to akwayntances from its original akwaytances!

Posted on 5 Sep 2010 12:35:30 BDT
akwayntances ? Please explain as I am not plugged in to this speke ;0)

Posted on 5 Sep 2010 12:45:03 BDT
Dennyboy says:
they are muckers in the black country

Posted on 5 Sep 2010 12:48:01 BDT
Alison says:
I imagine that the first use also includes a lot of fiddling about and trying things out. Normal use will probably be less energy consuming :)

Posted on 5 Sep 2010 14:56:20 BDT
Somewhat of a technophobe... Didn't even know these existed until an ad on the TV a couple of days ago (yes, i have a TV lol)... If i go for the 3G version, can i effectively lay on a beach somewhere the other side of the world and download a book for free while supping on a beer? ...or if purchasing a UK model am i restricted to only receiving signal in the UK. I appreciate a mobile works pretty much anywhere, but as it's free, didn't know the restrictions (if any?) help anyone?

Posted on 5 Sep 2010 15:27:44 BDT
Yes you can lounge on said beach supping tipple of choice downloading books at will at present there are no download costs other than the price of the ebook (if not free) so far Amazon are boasting they have no intention of charging for 3g services. If you go to the 3g kindle page and scroll down to where it advertises the 3g services it has a link to the terms and conditions

Posted on 6 Sep 2010 12:48:57 BDT
Submariner says:
Just got back from a long weekend in Holland and the battery died promptly on my return, four days later.

Posted on 6 Sep 2010 13:37:23 BDT
KindleKrazy says:
I charged mine up for a couple of hours on the day I got it (28th August) and didn't have to charge it again for 8 days. I turned the 3g off whenever I wasn't using it.

I think Amazon advise that you need to charge it up 2-3 times before you can reach the batteries full charge.

Posted on 6 Sep 2010 14:29:51 BDT
A.Wiggin says:
5 days with plenty of browsing and downloading. It's what I expected after reading about the indexing - this from kindleworld.blogspot.com:
"It's important to know that for each book you add to the unit, there is a time-consuming "indexing" process that puts words from the books into a database of key words that you can search, either within a book or on the entire device. This process is a real battery drainer and is one reason that new Kindle owners are often disappointed to see their battery indicator showing faster drain than they'd expected."

Here's also a link to advisory information on Kindle battery life: http://bit.ly/kbattery

Posted on 10 Oct 2011 22:12:02 BDT
Dodger says:
Is there a link to find out more about the battery life ,ie: how long to charge a kindle without using internet , how long should it last without the internet turned on . Should it be completely turned off all the time when not reading ,etc. When we first got our kindle it charged up within the hour and the amber light turned green when charged . (Xmas). Two weeks ago after 2 hours , the amber light turned green then as I went to unplug , turned amber again. But show`d fully charged . Today it took ages and my husband unplugged after 5 hours as we became concerned ! Unpluged, the light is green,and it is behaving ok. However when turning it off fully , and not every time , the screen turns off as does the green light. But ,on occassions , blinks off twice. As we have only had this since Xmas , we have contacted Kindle support. Dodgy it appears ,but will await the support answer and reply to this forum ........................

Posted on 10 Oct 2011 22:22:05 BDT
Dodger says:
Is there a link to find out more about the battery life ,ie: how long to charge a kindle without having the internet on, how long should it last without the internet turned on . Should it be completely turned off all the time when not reading ,etc. When we first got our kindle it charged up within the hour and the amber light turned green when charged . (Xmas). Two weeks ago after 2 hours , the amber light turned green then as I went to unplug , turned amber again. But show`d fully charged . Today it took ages and my husband unplugged after 5 hours as we became concerned ! Unpluged, the light is green,and it is behaving ok. However when turning it off fully , and not every time , the screen turns off as does the green light, but ,on occassions , blinks off twice. As we have only had this since Xmas it is misbehaving early in it`s little life, so we have contacted Kindle support. Dodgy it appears ,but will await the support answer and reply to this forum ........................I read approx 1 and a half hours per night only and believe I read the battery should last up to two months, or does it mean when turned off ?

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Oct 2011 22:27:50 BDT
Last edited by the author on 10 Oct 2011 22:29:18 BDT
DaveyH says:
Haha firstly it was quite weird seeing what I think was my first ever amazon forum thread thrown up like this.

The Kindle Keyboard *should* last around 28-30 hours on one charge. However there is no definitive answer, if you want to leave wireless on all the time it's doing no harm but will drain your battery much more quickly. It makes no difference whether you leave it in standby (with a 'screensaver' showing) or off except that amazon recommend you turn it off if you're not going to be using it for a week or longer.

As for the charge light showing green then amber again what will have happened is the battery gets full, the Kindle stops charging, then it will start to charge again after a while (most electronics do this, mobile phones for example). If it's taken 5 hours and still not charged then the cable may not be fully pushed in, you could try wiggling it at both ends to make sure it seats properly.

Dunno about your screen blinking twice (or is it the light?), I never turn mine off.

Posted on 10 Oct 2011 22:32:25 BDT
i find it last a lot longer if i charge it through the wall socket and not the usb .

Posted on 10 Oct 2011 22:36:40 BDT
Last edited by the author on 10 Oct 2011 22:37:10 BDT
Caain says:
DAVEY H..only just noticed this thread..:) How long did my first charge last? In all honesty, think it was a blink or two!
I did mention "in honesty".......... :)
As always,
Caain X

Posted on 9 Jul 2012 22:38:51 BDT
T. Hansford says:
New kindle on charge for 5 1/2 hours now and still unresponsive. Is this normal?

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jul 2012 22:45:11 BDT
Denis Powell says:
Are you charging it via mains or PC. If the latter are you sure the USB socket is providing enough power? If your Mobile Phone charger has a micro usb plug on the end use that to charge your Kindle.
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