20 Important Things to Know about Charging a Kindle

Kindles are great alternatives for physical books, but they have one disadvantage. Battery.

You have to charge and take care of it, but do you even know how to do it?

In this article, I will tell you everything you need to know about charging your bitcoin. A

After reading this article, you will know more about charging Kindles than 99.9% of its owners.

Let’s get started!

1. How long should you charge your Kindle?

To answer this question, I decided to create a table with the most popular Kindles and their charging time.

Kindle ModelCharging Time
Amazon KindleAbout 4 hours
Amazon Kindle PaperwhiteAbout 4 hours
Amazon Kindle OasisAbout 3 hours
Amazon Kindle Kids EditionAbout 3,5 hours

Of course, these numbers regard to charging your Kindle from 0 to 100%.

As you can see, charging a Kindle takes a bit more than charging your phone, but the best part is that the battery on Kindle lasts way longer than on your phone.

In fact, Kindle’s battery has less capacity. For example, Kindle Paperwhite battery capacity is 1420 mAh. In comparison to for example Samsung Galaxy M21 (6000 mAH) it’s not too much.

But Kindles consume way less energy than phones. You don’t install apps like Facebook, YouTube, or Twitter that drain your battery. You only read books.

2. How long should you charge your Kindle for the first time?

Lots of people think that you should charge your Kindle up until 100% for the first time.

Otherwise, the battery will not last so long. Is that true?

You should charge your Kindle for about 2-3 hours for the first time until it’s 60-80% full. Lithium-ion batteries have the longest lifespan when they are charged less than 85%.

The myth that you need to fully charge or drain your battery is still injected in some people. New devices with modern-tech batteries don’t need to be calibrated.

3. Should you fully drain your Kindle battery?

It’s not recommended to fully drain your Kindle battery. It can reduce its lifespan by 10-15%. It’s best to keep your battery level above 15%.

And right now you might be outraged and deem is at not eco-friendly.

You are right. Kind of…

Using only a fraction of your Kindle’s battery might not be the best for nature, but it’s better for your wallet…and nature.

If you keep your battery level between 15% and 80% it will last way longer, and you won’t have to buy a new battery after 3 or 4 years. Also, you will not throw out your old battery which is better for the environment.

4. What to do to prolong Kindle battery life?

There are a couple of ways to prolong your battery life. If you follow the undermentioned tips, your battery should live as long as your Kindle and you won’t have to change it.

1. Keep your battery level at 15-80%.
2. Don’t expose your Kindle to the strong sunlight

3. Don’t keep your Kindle in too cold places
4. Power off a Kindle when you don’t use it
5. Don’t drain your battery to 0%
6. Use proper chargers
7. Choose a dark theme
8. Don’t overcharge it
9. Turn off auto-brightness

5. Can I leave my Kindle charging overnight?

Of course, you can leave your Kindle charging overnight, but is it healthy for your battery?

If you do so, you shouldn’t notice a sudden difference in your battery lifespan, but it should affect your battery in the long-term.

From month-to-month you will see that your battery lasts shorter and shorter.

So, the answer to this question is simple and straightforward.

It’s not recommended to leave a Kindle charging overnight, because in the long run it will dramatically reduce your battery lifespan.

6. Can a Kindle be overcharged?

You should avoid overcharging your Kindle. Doing so a couple of times will not have negative effects, but if you overcharge your Kindle regularly, it will shorten the battery lifespan.

Like I said a couple of times in this post, try not to charge you Kindle above 85-90%.

Lithium-ion batteries don’t like to be stuffed. Just like a human works better when he eats just enough, Kindle batteries also work best when they aren’t 100% full.

7. Can I use Kindle when it’s charging?

Using a Kindle when it is charging is allowed, and it shouldn’t negatively affect your battery lifespan as long as the battery is not overheating.

We’ve all heard the phrase that using your phone or e-book reader isn’t allowed when the device is charging. You know what?

In most cases it is not true.

Using your phone when charging is ok, but keep in mind that you shouldn’t do it for a longer period of time. When you watch YouTube at 1080p for half an hour, it is almost guaranteed for your battery to overheat.

Use common sense.

Kindles don’t have this problem. You don’t do anything strenuous. You just read. It shouldn’t overheat your battery.

8. Does Kindle dark mode use more battery?

Many people ask whether dark mode on Kindle drains more battery or not.

You shouldn’t be worried.

Dark mode on Kindle doesn’t use more battery. The battery is drained when the pages are turned, not when the color is different.

I use dark mode almost all the time. It’s better for my eyes, especially when reading at night.

10. What charger should you charge your Kindle?

Probably most people are surprised when they’re unboxing their factory-new Kindle and there are only a Kindle and a USB cable. What should you connect this cable to in order to charge your Kindle?

It is recommended to charge your Kindle through your computer or any adapter that comes with phones.

Everyone has at least a couple of chargers in home. They are all around.

Kindle didn’t attach another one, because you can use your phone’s adapter or your laptop just fine.

I think it’s a good idea.

11. Can I replace a battery in Kindle?

You can replace a battery in Kindle. The battery costs about $10-$15 and you can replace it on your own in a few minutes.

The cost of a new battery isn’t high. But I think it is better to take care of the fabric battery and spend this money on something different.

The fact that battery replacement isn’t hard, doesn’t mean that everyone can do it. You need to have a screwdriver and a bit of carefulness.

12. How to charge your Kindle battery?

In order to charge your Kindle, find an adapter from your mobile phone, connect it with the Kindle cable, plug the micro USB cable into the USB jack. You can plug the cable into the computer as well. Remember not to charge more than 80% of the battery.

13. What to do if your Kindle isn’t charging?

The problem of a non-charging Kindle is pretty popular. This bug did happen to me once and there is an easy solution.

If your Kindle isn’t charging, leave it plugged for about 10 minutes. Then unplug the cable, keep holding the power button for about 20-30 seconds till you see the Kindle logo. Then plug the USB cable again and the charging will start.

This should happen, if not there is another solution. You can just take out the battery and insert it again.

14. Should I turn off my Kindle or put it to sleep?

There are two types of people: the ones who turn off Kindle and the ones who put it to sleep.

But which is better?

Well, it depends and both cases can be right.

When you’re planning to use your Kindle throughout the day, you can put it to sleep when you don’t use it. When you leave your Kindle for the night, you should turn it off, so it doesn’t consume the battery.

As a rule of thumb, you should think about it this way: If you don’t plan to use your Kindle in the next 4 hours, turn it off. If you want to use it in less than 4 hours, put it to sleep.

Of course, if you don’t turn off your Kindle for the night, nothing bad will happen. Your battery will drop by a couple of percent.

15. How long does a dead Kindle take to charge?

We’ve talked about it earlier, and as we know, it depends on your Kindle model.

A dead Kindle takes usually about 4 hours to charge. This applies to the most popular models like Amazon Kindle, Paperwhite and Oasis.

But of course you shouldn’t make your battery completely die. Remember to keep it above 15%.

16. Why is my Kindle dying so fast?

If your Kindle battery is dying fast, there might be a couple of reasons why it happens. Let’s examine them!

1. The Wi-Fi is turned on
2. The brightness is too bright
3. The battery is depleted

So, the first two problems are relatively easy to solve. You just want to turn off your Wi-Fi and set your brightness as bright as you need it.

But when your battery is depleted?

I think the only solution is to buy a new battery for your Kindle. Just go to Amazon. It shouldn’t cost you more than $15 and the replacement is easy and everyone can do it.

17. How do I know if my Kindle battery needs replacing?

The answer is simple: when you see your battery performance is going down.

Keep in mind that when your battery doesn’t last as long as it used to, it is the time to replace it.

It’s not so hard to notice that your battery is dying slower.

18. Does Kindle battery drain in sleep mode?

In sleep mode, the battery in Kindle is draining, but it is usually less than 3%.

19. Why does Kindle battery drain when not in use?

There might be 2 main reasons why Kindle is draining too much battery when you don’t use it.

Your Kindle is draining the battery when not in use, because the Wi-Fi might be turned on. If that’s not the case, your battery might be depleted, and it needs to be replaced.

Lots of people forget to turn off the Wi-Fi, so remember about it if you don’t want to lose too much energy.

Also, think about the battery replacement if your Kindle is more than 3 years.

20. How long does the battery on Kindle last?

Again, I will use the table to show you that.

Kindle ModelBattery Time
Amazon KindleAbout 36 hours
Amazon Kindle PaperwhiteAbout 28 hours
Amazon Kindle OasisAbout 35 hours
Amazon Kindle Kids EditionAbout 30 hours

Of course, it all boils down to the way you use your Kindle and how you take care of the battery.

That’s all. I’m sure now you know more than the rest of Kindle owners, and you are the expert when it comes to the Kindle battery!