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Initial post: 14 Jan 2012 03:22:34 GMT
Last edited by the author on 14 Jan 2012 03:54:55 GMT
Lee says:
just wondering if anyone has an idea how long a Kindle is likely to last? is it dependent on battery charges? Loving my Kindle but don't fancy having to replace it once a year.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jan 2012 03:48:29 GMT
Probably comes in the same territory as "how long is a piece of string"? No valid reason, but I personally give a Kindle a 3 year life span on average with most probably lasting 7. No facts to base it on whatsoever. Not much of an answer, but perhaps others have a better view :) CW.

Posted on 14 Jan 2012 07:03:31 GMT
Colin says:
I've had mine about 18 months and use it about two hours a day when commuting. I've not had any problems with it yet

Posted on 14 Jan 2012 07:26:48 GMT
Had mine 17 months used every day it goes everywhere with me still working.

Posted on 14 Jan 2012 07:37:42 GMT
Suze says:
Chris, I'm pretty sure the battery can be changed once it starts to fail. I think there was something in here a few months ago and somebody mentioned a YouTube vid on how to change the battery. I could be wrong though so don't quote me in it.

Posted on 14 Jan 2012 07:56:48 GMT
Oracle says:
I seem to remember hearing that the battery would last for at least 500 charges. So almost a decade even if you charge it as much as once a week!

Posted on 14 Jan 2012 08:07:21 GMT
DevilCat says:
I would hope for at least 5 years.

So if yours did fail, could you live without or would you immediately buy a replacement? I'd definitely be lost and buy another straight away. I have the KK3G, but would prob go for the Touch once it hits the UK - never found the 3G of any use -don't travel that much to need it.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jan 2012 08:09:55 GMT
Denis Powell says:
Chris, as Combat says, at present it's in the "piece of string category" because some have already died and some posters report still using their Kindle 1s, so it's safe to say that some Kindles last for years in regular use. As for the battery, the theoretical limit is 500 charge cycles before any deterioration in battery life becomes particularly noticable. If you drained your battery every week that's a lifespan of 10 years, by which time you may well have moved on to another device.

Of course, there's an element of luck involved as how long something lasts as it depends on many things such as Quality Control at the manufacturing stage. Many people will take their Kindles on holiday with them to read in the sun. It's quite possible, in those circumstances, for the battery temperature to rise above the "safe" level and be damaged, shortening it's useful life. I think a 10 year life span for a battery may be a little optimistic, but as Amazon don't make them user replacable I suspect they're confident that it's not going to be an issue for the vast majority of users.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jan 2012 08:51:33 GMT
Last edited by the author on 14 Jan 2012 08:52:22 GMT
Lee says:
I would happily buy another, if this one lasted at least 2 years,happier still if it were 3-4,I didn't buy the Kindle to save money but I don't really want it costing me extra either,so with the cheap deals on some ebooks and the free ones too,I would think 2-3 years and the Kindle would have paid for it self,guess spending too much time on here seeing the "My Kindle just died" posts has gone me worried.

Posted on 14 Jan 2012 09:04:26 GMT
Chris says:
a firm in the US does a kit for changing the battery to an extended life, the battery itself costs just $25, once you have the back off its a simple job to remove 2 screws, I wonder if Maplins will stock it in the future

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jan 2012 09:09:03 GMT
Hi Chris
I am not sure about the battery life on a Kindle, I think that as they are not that old yet its a bit hard to say. We have 4 Kindles on one account which are well used, treated very well, live in very sturdy cases and treasured. But 3 out of the 4 have had to be replaced, one of them twice. 2 had fragmented screens and 2 had the slide switch break in that it would not slide back. Mine was just over a year old when it had to be replaced and the other 2 just under the year. So I am not sure about the reliabilty of them as 3 out of 4 breaking is quite a high percentage. CS have been amazing each time but if they break again it means we will have to pay to have them replaced each time. So could end up being quite expensive. But I guess I am not sure what life would be like without my Kindle now. I think taking out the warranty might end up being a cheap way to keep your Kindle going if they go wrong so often.

Posted on 14 Jan 2012 10:45:31 GMT
J. H says:
The warranty is one year, mine is now 16 months old with no problems at all.

If it failed tomorrow, I'd just order a new one, I think I've got my monies worth out of it now.

Posted on 14 Jan 2012 10:54:39 GMT
Last edited by the author on 14 Jan 2012 10:55:12 GMT
Izzy says:
Like J.H, I've had mine for 16 months, it's used every day and I've had no issues. I'd get a new one if it failed but I'd call CS first to see if they were willing to offer any deals - if you don't ask you don't get and since they make their money on selling the content rather than the device, you never know!

Posted on 14 Jan 2012 11:18:40 GMT
Last edited by the author on 14 Jan 2012 11:19:23 GMT
Here is the link to the Youtube video showing you the process of replacing the battery. The hardest part seems to be easing the back of the case off without causing damage. Once in, the battery is simply held in by 2 screws.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMEKNLZ2XfY

And here is a link to a British source of replacement batteries.

http://www.morpethmobiles.co.uk/proddetail.asp?prod=/CMRNSN/CS-ABD003SL

Dave.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Mar 2012 19:26:49 GMT
I have been very naive as regards my kindle lifespan.I have downloaded about 700 books which going by these posts my kindle will give up before I have read 10%.Can I download some of these again to my PC.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Mar 2012 19:50:48 GMT
Denis Powell says:
Edward I'm not worried at all about the lifespan of my Kindle. I've read nearly 300 books on my KK3G so far, and following the removal of a lot of others it's working as well as ever it did. Of the many millions sold only a very very small proportion post in this forum, and had there been a significant problem with them the press would be full of it.

Given that people are far more likely to seek out the forum if they have a problem than if they're perfectly happy I don't see a need to worry. Enjoy it and don't worry would be my recommendation, I've bought over 1,500 ebooks from Amazon and hundreds from other sites and it won't be a faulty Kindle that stops me reading them, but I may not be able to outrun the Grim Reaper ;-)

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Mar 2012 20:02:45 GMT
Brian says:
Good post , Denis.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Mar 2012 20:54:11 GMT
I can't argue with your logic Denis and I will continue to happily read on my kindle but I was just worried in case my Kindle went down that I would lose all my books.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Mar 2012 20:57:13 GMT
bluecat says:
You can get the kindle app for PC so you can read on your computer. It is also available for phones, tablets etc.

Posted on 2 Mar 2012 20:57:50 GMT
Suze says:
Edward, the books you have purchased from Amazon are quite safe. Have a look at your Manage My Kindle page on Amazons site and you will see them all there to be downloaded again at will. Any you haven't purchased from Amazon need to be backed up on your pc or something.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Mar 2012 23:12:22 GMT
in less than a year i am on my third kindle.... the first kindle right away developed a black small mark on the screen which was not too big but did bother me while reading as it covered a letter or two in each page...the 2nd kindle malfunctioned on the on off slide.... my third kindle that ive had maybe 6 months is great knock on wood...i hope it lives a few years.... and i love it... its a 3g keyboard....

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Mar 2012 23:13:42 GMT
this was good info thanks

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Mar 2012 23:16:18 GMT
i agree.... the same with GEVALIA coffee... they give you a free coffee maker because the money is in you buying the coffee.... the amazon co makes the money on you buying the books.....

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Mar 2012 23:17:16 GMT
in less than a year i am on my third kindle.... the first kindle right away developed a black small mark on the screen which was not too big but did bother me while reading as it covered a letter or two in each page...the 2nd kindle malfunctioned on the on off slide.... my third kindle that ive had maybe 6 months is great knock on wood...i hope it lives a few years.... and i love it... its a 3g keyboard....

Posted on 3 Mar 2012 02:10:29 GMT
Somebody posted they shoul last 3 years but not sure this is true?
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