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Initial post: 17 Nov 2013, 10:32:21 GMT
foggie says:
Amazon state the battery life is 8 weeks based on 30 min usage a day, backlight & wifi turned off.
If you search on "battery" you will find a fundamental problem with the Paperwhite battery life. In the real world, it's about 1 week. This would be OK if Amazon advertised this, but to expect 8 weeks life but only get 1 week is very poor.
I have returned my 1st as it couldn't even manage 1 week, and it's replacement is much the same - charged twice overnight for over 12 hours and then lasted 4 - 5 days.
My old Kindle lasted 4 weeks as advertised.
Come on Amazon, either change the product descriptions battery life to read 1 week, or sort the battery life out.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Nov 2013, 10:43:09 GMT
Damaskcat says:
But how long do you spend reading it between charges? That is the important thing - not what the advertised time between charges is.

I read at least 3 or 4 hours a day - sometimes more. There is no way I would expect my Kindle battery to last 8 weeks between charges. I charge when convenient - usually overnight. How long you leave it on charge once it's fully charged makes no difference to how long it will last between charges.

If you've downloaded a lot of books, leave Wi-Fi on, have the light turned to higher than 10, have the font size larger than average and read faster than the average will all affect how long you get between charges.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Nov 2013, 11:06:24 GMT
So when fully charged you get ONLY three and a half hours reading time?

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Nov 2013, 11:16:10 GMT
Denis Powell says:
Using a Paperwhite you can expect about 28 hours of reading, Wireless off, no books downloaded during that time, light level never more than 10.

I never have the light level below 21, usually download 3 books a week, and read for around 3 hours per day with wireless on. On that basis I wouldn't expect to go more than 1 week between charges.

The Product page states quite clearly, 8 weeks (56 days) at 30 minutes a day. That equates to 28 hours of reading. That could be just a few days for some, and 8 weeks for others. There's nothing to sort out.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Nov 2013, 11:23:34 GMT
foggie says:
Mmmm....,
1 hour use a day, wifi off & backlight on 8. Both Kindle's don't last more than 5 days!

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Nov 2013, 11:28:28 GMT
Damaskcat says:
How many books do you have on your Kindle?

Posted on 17 Nov 2013, 11:29:52 GMT
Suze says:
I get approx 11-12 hours reading time, with one of the smallest fonts, the wifi off and the light down as far as it can go. I'm one of the ones not impressed with the battery life on the PaperWhite and find it to be very poor in comparison to the Touch.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Nov 2013, 11:44:16 GMT
Denis Powell says:
Then you may have a defective unit. If you've checked that you don't have a book stuck indexing contact Customer Services and inform them.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Nov 2013, 11:46:29 GMT
Denis Powell says:
If you're only getting 5 hours use per charge then you have something wrong. Use the Contact Us button to the right and speak to Customer Services. That's not what you should be getting.

Posted on 17 Nov 2013, 11:54:19 GMT
DaveyH says:
I've only had my new Paperwhite for a couple of weeks. Charged when got home, not charged since. Same sort of reading pattern as my KK (light on 11 and I don't play about with it - that may change).

Posted on 17 Nov 2013, 19:41:43 GMT
Amy Rose says:
I was disappointed with the battery life of my first PW. I ordered a second and it had black blobs at the bottom of the screen. The third one came and the screen was very yellow in comparison to no 1. I decided to hang onto no 1 when the parental password locked itself. I managed to unlock it With the help of the forumites here. Meanwhile CS who couldn't help me sent no 4 out to me. All the screens have a different colour and probably all have a different battery life. If you read more than half an hour a day with the light turned up then 8 weeks is ridiculous and very misleading. I think they should never have mentioned these restraints and 8 weeks as the selling points. There are so many people who are disappointed with this.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Nov 2013, 19:55:54 GMT
Denis Powell says:
Amazon used to promote the Kindle as having a charge that lasted a month at 1 hour per day. When other ereader manufacturers decided to quote 8 weeks at 30 minutes a day, Amazon followed suit. It actually makes it easier to compare devices, in my opinion.

I can't agree that it's "very misleading". 8 weeks at 30 minutes a day equates to 28 hours of actual reading. Any measurement that involves variables has to show "restrictions" to have any value. As everyone reads at different speeds, reads for different amounts of time, will download new ebooks at different rates, make Settings changes at various times, and not all will use the same level of brightness there's no way Amazon can state an exact time that will apply to everyone.

Someone asked me the other day how long it would take them to drive to Abergavenny. I told them it takes me 20 minutes on average. They came back to me and said it had taken them over 40 minutes. They went at a time when the road was at it's busiest, couldn't drive as fast as me, ran into major roadworks and didn't know how to avoid them.

Posted on 17 Nov 2013, 20:36:05 GMT
Amy Rose says:
Point taken.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Feb 2014, 14:06:20 GMT
Kropeczka says:
More than true. I have two kindle paper-white (me & my brother) and both are dead before and of the week and We use it like 1-2 h a day with now back light.
I like my kindle but I'm very disappointed with the battery life especially after the amazon 8week advertisement
For me this is LIE!!!!! and amazon should do something with it
I have put my kindle to a test no back light no wifi and 28 minutes to read daily The battery did not last even for half the advertised time
My brothers kindle even worse result
Both kindles both new!!!

Posted on 13 Feb 2014, 14:09:08 GMT
Kropeczka says:
Kindle battery performance is poor. Not even half the advertised time.
I have two kindle paper-white (me & my brother) and both are dead before end of the week and We use it like 1-2 h a day with now back light. I like my kindle but I'm very disappointed with the battery life especially after the amazon 8week advertisement
For me this is LIE!!!!! and amazon should do something with it
I have put my kindle to a test no back light no wifi and 28 minutes to read daily The battery did not last even for half the advertised time My brothers kindle even worse result
Both kindles are new!!!

Kropeczka

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Feb 2014, 14:22:21 GMT
Damaskcat says:
Then why not contact Amazon?

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Feb 2014, 14:55:19 GMT
Lucy Lou says:
It entirely depends upon what you're doing and the settings. Hardly a lie. It also depends upon how FAST you read as each page turn also has an effect.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Feb 2014, 15:54:40 GMT
Last edited by the author on 13 Feb 2014, 15:55:48 GMT
⏔E R says:
Ensure that you are fully charging the Kindle / Kindles, mine last much longer than that. I leave my Paperwhite on charge overnight using my Kindle Keyboard charger and lead, once I get a low battery warning. I don't think it fully charges in less than 10 hours regardless of what the light says. Charging from a usb port takes even longer.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Feb 2014, 16:44:26 GMT
Last edited by the author on 13 Feb 2014, 16:45:09 GMT
No such thing as reading time unfortunately. The PW uses power to change the screen. It doesn't care how long you read for.
A battery charge will provide so many page turns. That's it. Amazon use time as it's an easily understood term, doesn't insult anyone (especially those seeking to be offended), and makes great advertising.

I would say an average reading speed may be, say, 15 pages of A4, Arial 12 point, 80 lines.
A Kindle screen is approx one third the size (or in modern daft speak 3 times less as big) so 45 page refreshes in 30 mins. Rather less page refreshes if you read in a smaller font size and rather a lot more if you read in a larger font size.

Restart your PW, hold power buton for 20 secs and let it restart. Buy a proper mains charger and charge it from that.
Work out from pages just how much battery you are using - no fiddling, no downloading, no looking anything up.

Check it isn't stuck indexing a book. If you have downloaded a lot of books you have swamped the poor thing. Every time you download a book the PW indexes it. If you download a lot the indexing process will eat battery and will continue to eat battery until it is finished. If it is interrupted it may decide it wants to start the process from the beginning and will continue to eat battery. If it is stuck indexing a book it will munch battery.

If you are unsure about any of that, reset your PW to factory defaults. This will reset your PW to new status and start again. DO NOT DOWNLOAD A LOT OF BOOKS AT ONCE.

Not understanding how something works does not make anything a LIE!.
Unless of course you are a liar?

Finally, RTFM

Posted on 20 Mar 2014, 11:16:06 GMT
Michael B says:
I am with those who get a very short battery life from a new PW, but possibly because I am not using it correctly.
If I have a pause when reading, am I supposed to turn it off with the power switch, and then restart it?
Suppose I don't, and go away for an unexpectedly long pause, and merely close the cover lid, is this entire pause count as 'reading time'? In other words, does the PW have an automatic sleep or battery-saving mode when it detects no usage or page turning?

Maybe I just have to be a lot more conscientious when not actually reading?
MB

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Mar 2014, 11:57:27 GMT
Damaskcat says:
There is no right or wrong way to use it! Read your books and enjoy them :-)

If you have the official cover then it has a magnet in it which puts it in sleep mode as soon as you close the cover. Even if you don't have such a cover after 10 minutes of no activity it will go into sleep mode. But Kindles only use power when changing the page.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Mar 2014, 12:04:36 GMT
Denis Powell says:
I'm sure it's only an oversight in your post but the Paperwhite is using power continuously, when awake, to power the light and not just when you're turning pages.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Mar 2014, 12:05:53 GMT
Damaskcat says:
Sorry - yes I thought about it afterwards - but when in sleep mode it uses very little - that's what I was trying to say :-) I shouldn't try and type and talk at the same time.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Mar 2014, 12:17:51 GMT
Denis Powell says:
I tested my Paperwhite when I received it and got very close to the 28 hours of reading. Since then I've not given it another thought. I regularly change settings, font sizes, illumination level, read at different speeds, use the dictionary facility, download books and so on. Sometimes the battery lasts around a week, sometimes only a day or so. I simply charge when it's necessary or convenient.

I'm sure some devices are faulty and need replacing but I think many owners who quite happily accept that their cars don't always achieve, say, 38 miles per gallon, don't always accept that battery life will depend on actual usage and we all use our Kindles in different ways.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Mar 2014, 13:14:52 GMT
No such thing as reading time. Only a number of page refereshes. It only uses power when you change page. It will switch itself off after about 10 mins. The light uses neglible power.
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