Kindle e-reader: solving the low battery problem

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E-readers are electronic devices like any other. Occasionally, problems arise and you need to do a few things before you can use your e-reader again. Such is the case with the discharged battery problem on a Kindle.

If you're reading this article, you may be experiencing a problem with the battery on your Kindle e-reader.

The problem may manifest itself in different ways:

  • Your e-reader may not start due to a lack of battery power (it's as if it's stuck on battery screen).
  • Your e-reader won't charge
  • Your e-reader won't hold a charge
  • Kindle only showing a battery with an exclamation mark

These problems have different solutions, and we'll look at how to solve them in this article.

If you think your Kindle battery drains to fast or when not in use, read this article.

1. Fully charge your Kindle e-reader

The first thing you need to know about your Kindle is that you shouldn't leave it for months without charging.

This happened to me on an older model, and the reader ended up shutting down completely, requiring a long charge to get it going again. It was kind of stuck.

So the first thing to do is to plug the e-reader into a power source and leave it plugged in overnight (about 10 hours).

To do this, I prefer to use an AC adapter so I don't have to leave my computer on for too long, but that's up to you.

Once your Kindle is plugged in, check that the charging indicator lights up when the Kindle is charging.

If this first operation doesn't work, try again with a different cable.

Tip: if you use the same cable to charge your smartphone and your e-reader, try to find the official Kindle cable for charging. I've noticed that there are sometimes (admittedly rare) false contacts when using a different cable.

This is the case with the latest waterproof Kindle Paperwhite. Perhaps the USB port is a bit special, then.

2. Restarting your Kindle

Despite a full recharge that seems to have worked, your Kindle is still stuck due to a flat battery?

In this case, you should attempt to restart your Kindle as follows:

  1. Press and hold the on/off button for at least 7 seconds.
  2. If all goes well, the screen changes and you are offered the option of restarting.
  3. Release the button and select "Restart".

If you can't see the restart options, your Kindle is completely blocked.

Don't panic, in this case you need to hold down the on/off button for 40 seconds.

After 8 to 10 seconds, the screen will turn white if all goes well. It's important to keep holding the button for another 40 seconds until the little light comes on.

Your e-reader should now start up normally.

3. Your e-reader discharges too quickly

If, on the other hand, you find that your e-reader is discharging too quickly, you can try a full reset to restore its original settings (this option is available in the preferences menu of your Kindle).

4. How to save battery power on your e-reader?

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In order to avoid running out of battery too regularly, here are a few tips to save battery power on your e-reader :

Turn off the Wifi if you don't need it: your Kindle regularly connects to the Internet, and if you leave the Wifi switched on, it's likely to penalize your Kindle's battery life.

Turn the lighting down or off: if you have a Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Voyage or Kindle Oasis, your e-reader is equipped with a lighting system that uses battery power. To increase your Kindle's autonomy, you can simply turn off the lighting or reduce its intensity.

Switch off your e-reader at the end of your reading: sometimes we tend to put the e-reader down as soon as we've finished reading. But a simple press on the on/off button puts the Kindle on standby, saving a few hours of autonomy every month.

Finally, it's not very good for a battery to go a long time without recharging. If you store your e-reader for several months in a cupboard, try to recharge it at least once every quarter to preserve the battery.

These tips apply to all e-readers, not just the Kindle. This article explains how to extend the battery life of your e-reader from all brands.

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