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In reply to an earlier post on 7 Feb 2013 14:06:02 GMT
R. Wilcox says:
Yes I agree there are lots of dependancies and no abolute answer is possible. What I'm saying is that they could do better by giving some examples. At the moment an up to 9 hours statement is worse than useless and I'd suggest most who expect anything like this will be dissapointed.

Posted on 24 Feb 2013 08:20:47 GMT
I use my kindle fire a lot for reading, I'm quite dissapointed with the battery life,I have accepted now that I have to charge it every day,whereas my old kindle used to go on for weeks before it needed a charge.Jackie E

Posted on 24 Feb 2013 08:26:18 GMT
My granddaughters kindle keeps freezing,has anyone else had this problem? Nan

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Feb 2013 09:26:55 GMT
Damaskcat says:
The Kindle Fire is a tablet - it doesn't have a low powered e-ink screen - it uses much more power than e-ink screens do so you will not get weeks of battery life between charges. Kindle Fires and Kindle e-readers are totally different devices.

Posted on 24 Feb 2013 10:01:48 GMT
E R says:
Have a look at your apps, get rid of ones you don't use, some apps remain in the background sucking power.

Posted on 15 Mar 2013 13:07:38 GMT
sproggit says:
I am not sure if this is going to add to the discussions already listed, but I had a chat with the Kindle Support Team today, and they advised that even if a FireHD appears to be turned off, if you have wifi enabled, it will continue to use the connection, and will continue to drain the battery. I left my Fire "closed and turned off" for approx 40 hours, and in that period of time it's charge fell from 91% to 9%. I then left it for a further 3-4 hours and it drained the rest of the battery.

What is interesting is that I also have an iPad [3rd Gen with Retina Display, 64Gb, wifi+3G] and use this device at home, mainly for light surfing, email, watching movies, and even using the Kindle reader. I've never had less than a week's life from a single charge, with say 1-2 hours use per day max, average 0.5-1 hours. I can only surmise that a combination of larger battery [volume of space in a 10" iPad is greater than a 7" Kindle] and better "sleep mode" operation makes the difference. For what it's worth, battery life when I am actually using the device actually seems to be quite reasonable. The real issue occurs when it's left "inactive" [since it clearly doesn't close down services in the same way as other similar products].

Odd as this may sound, I am more hopeful if this is the case, since it suggests that the challenges could be addressed through better software, which means that this device may be "fixable".

Posted on 15 Mar 2013 13:16:24 GMT
ChrisJ says:
Have you by any chance put Flash onto the Fire??
That is a known battery drain and it is not available to the iPad...

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Mar 2013 20:27:18 GMT
Check to make sure that the USB port is functioning properly too: when it's charging you should see in the top right hand corner that the little green bar is moving until it is fully charged and the red light power light is on whilst doing so. I have just had to send mine back for not doing either of these things and taking a ridiculous amount of time to fully charge.
Hope this helps if the other options above do not. However, Amazon's customer service was fantastic (providing you are still under warranty of course) :)

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Mar 2013 20:39:31 GMT
What Chris says. Install Flash and wave goodbye to battery life.

Posted on 1 Apr 2013 08:58:06 BDT
Ellie says:
Mine was fine to begin with but it has been slowly getting worse now I have to charge it everyday when I'm at school and it still isn't fully charged even after 7 hours then it will only last about 5 hours

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Apr 2013 09:34:59 BDT
Denis Powell says:
What are you using to charge it? If it's a computer USB then 7 hours wouldn't be enough.

If it's taking that long with a standard mains charger can you try a different one and/or a different USB cable?

If your Fire is faulty Amazon will replace it.

Posted on 1 Apr 2013 11:29:45 BDT
Shazzie p says:
I received a Kindle Fire HD for Christmas and it has been charging OK, until the past couple of days. It was on charge last night for about 10 hours and has only reached just past half way. Yesterday, it was charging for about 10 hours again, but only took about 4 hours to disperse the charge and i was only reading.
I wonder if i have something running in the back ground that i don't know about?
Can anyone help?

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Apr 2013 13:18:12 BDT
Have you downloaded a lot more stuff to it? Have youninstalled Flash? (that will kill battery life )
What do you use it for?

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Apr 2013 15:11:12 BDT
Couple of questions for the more tech savvy.
Does youtube still work without Flash?
Is there an alternative to Flash?

To be honest I am very disappointed with the Kindle Fire HD. It doesn't even have a pre-installed battery meter so you can check whats eating battery life.
It's not very customisable. In my experience, this usually makes devices more robust against battery consumption and virus attacks, but that doesnt seem to be the case with Kindle Fire HD.
Installing standard Android apps like youtube and google earth should be easy, but was only possible after reading through forums.
I wouldn't recommend it to anyone and I will not be buying another one.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Apr 2013 16:25:40 BDT
Shazzie p says:
I use it for reading mainly, but also facebook and email. Sometimes i will use the net to browse.
I can't see flash player in apps, or apps that are in the set thingy! But you tube is there, i think my husband down loaded it!
I have just been to argos to purchase a new usb charger. It did show green for charging in the battery life, but it is white again now. It could be that as i'm using it, it won't charge, or the usb port in the kindle is faulty.
I will see how it goes overnight.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Apr 2013 17:16:59 BDT
Denis Powell says:
Butler, there are several YouTube apps that work very well. Adobe have simply stopped developing Flash so none of the latest Tablets have it pre-installed and the iPad has never used it.

If the need to customise is paramount for you then the Fire was indeed a poor choice on your part.

Personally, I found installing app stores other than Amazon's very easy but I accept that others may find it more difficult.

One of the regular complaints in this forum has related to the lack of ITV Player, but you will have seen similar complaints that those with the Nexus 7 couldn't install it from Google play either. With just a little effort you can install it on both the Nexus and the Fire with equal ease (or difficulty, depending on your point of view).

Having helped a friend with his Nexus I think I prefer my Fire and would certainly consider buying another, but the Nexus was the best choice for him.

No Tablet that I'm aware of would be ideal for everyone which is why there are so many choices. It's a shame that your choice was the wrong one for you but that doesn't mean it would be the wrong one for everyone. I'd recommend the Fire to anyone who wants the features it offers.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Apr 2013 21:03:12 BDT
You would hate an iPad even more as that is completely non-customisable.
Then again I haven't thought of anyhing I'd want to customise it for.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Apr 2013 21:05:39 BDT
E R says:
You can get it engraved on the back, for no extra charge, if you actually order it online from the Apple shop.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Apr 2013 22:34:34 BDT
So if I uninstall flash, then youtube will still work?

Posted on 1 Apr 2013 23:11:19 BDT
<looks on back of iPad>

who is Obidiah Prufrock?

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Apr 2013 06:21:55 BDT
Denis Powell says:
The YouTube apps from the Amazon App Store do not require Flash and I can watch YouTube using the Silk Browser with no problem, even when looking at the full site and not the mobile one.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Apr 2013 23:36:19 BDT
Last edited by the author on 2 Apr 2013 23:37:16 BDT
Cheers. I've uninstalled flash, and the standard youtube app I installed from 1mobilemarket is still working. Here's hoping it improves battery life.

I use Dolphin browser, which I believe is a superior product to the silk browser. I would recommend it.

I have also gained some customisation by installing adw launcher which has given a more standard android interface and means I don't have to use the horrrendous Kindle carousel.
I would like to personalise the lock screen images but i don't think that's possible without rooting, so looks like we're stuck with vintage books and camera pictures.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Apr 2013 07:34:18 BDT
Denis Powell says:
To get a screen which looks like a standard desktop/android home screen for launching apps I simply add my most used apps and current book to Favourites. A tap on the star button then gives me a simple screen with just those icons.

I only use the Carousel for opening my "last used" apps.

Posted on 3 Apr 2013 10:51:32 BDT
I've reduced the brightness and also read books in the black and white setting rather than the white which helps with the battery usage I find. It still takes well over 12 hours to full charge from flat, but I do read alot and perhaps the number of apps I've downloaded onto it may have something to do with the way my battery soon becomes flat!!

Posted on 3 Apr 2013 15:24:41 BDT
V. Hall says:
I've got the fire HD and never had a problem with the charge, also got the charger that plugs into the electric socket, usually only have to charge mine every 2-3 days, I also have a socket near to where I sit on an evening so if the power is going down I plug it in to charge whilst continuing to use it
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