Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Kindle, Pt II.

I'm a little up in the air about the Kindle right now. A major disappointment is that if the battery is well and true dead, it cannot recharge itself via a USB cable. I took it on my recent trip to Europe, with only the USB cable. At some point, the WhisperNet got turned on, and proceeded to drain the battery. And then I couldn't charge it again.

Which was one of the causes of the Worst. Flight. Evar., my 11 hour ATH /ATL, in which the equipment was changed (no power at the seat); the IFE was broken (no movies, not that they were that great to begin with); and I had no reading material (Other than a copy of FT, where I read everything, including the stock tables.) If the Kindle had been able to be charged with a USB cable, I could have been happily reading any number of books.

The iPhone can recovery-charge via USB. Why can't the Kindle?


Blogger Karen in TN said...

It can - but you need a "high power" charging USB cable, not the trickle charge cable that ships with it. And either a direct power-to-usb charger (like the mini one that comes with the iphone) or a computer that has charging power on the USB ports (many notebooks don't).

The trickle charge cable depends on the device it is plugged into having enough power to correspond back that it is there.

The other problem is that even with whispernet off, the unit takes more power when being accessed via USB that the cable supplies - so you must also turn it OFF to charge via USB at all (and it can take 24 hours to charge).

Several people have written about successfully using charging cables instead of the supplied cables -- but no official word from Amazon as to whether it's a good idea or not.

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