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Offline l_macd
25 Jul 2014, 12:41 PM | Post: #11

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RE: £20 off Paperwhites! Q. is there a new P/W on the horizon?

(22 Jul 2014 07:11 PM)tao Wrote: Wrote:  Mm, tend to agree young Tim, I've been using my tablet continuous for over a year but really struggle to read outside which is where I spend most time in good weather days. Hence my decision to go for the P/W ( aside the £20 off! ) that has much clearer reading font similar to the N7, only problem is the constant recharging every other day.

(22 Jul 2014 07:56 PM)Simon_P Wrote: Wrote:  Why is the battery life so useless on the Paperwhite? One of the selling points of the Kindle Keyboard when it came out was that its battery lasts longer than any phone, any tablet, you name it. Weeks and weeks between charges. I realise the Paperwhite emits light too but that should have been balanced by giving it usable battery life.
If anyone is having to recharge their Paperwhite more often than once a week, then you clearly have a faulty Paperwhite, unless you read for hours on end every day and have the light up full all the time. If you have just bought it and are having to charge it every other day, get in touch with Amazon and get it exchanged.

The light does have some impact on the battery, but it doesn't drain it terribly. A full charge of the battery meant I could get maybe 4 weeks on my Kindle Keyboard, I maybe get 3 weeks now on my Paperwhite. I usually have the light set at 6-10. The most I've heard people having to recharge is once a week when they've been reading a lot.
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25 Jul 2014, 04:32 PM | Post: #12

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RE: £20 off Paperwhites! Q. is there a new P/W on the horizon?

My P/W arrived this am, so far very pleased and setting up took less than 5 mins! Now then, seems battery life isn't that good and apart from everyone mentioning turning down the light, no one yet has mentioned turning off the WiFi! With WiFi on the kindle will be constantly searching by sending out a radio signal so maybe it would extend battery life by switching to air plane mode. I know by switching off WiFi on my 7 and iPhone it extends battery life..... See my thread in essential kindle apps..... One other thing that will decrease battery life is by not stopping Amazon ' pushing ' offers and recommended reading covers, like Tesco says " Every little bit helps".Big Grin
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This post was last modified: 29 Jul 2014 03:56 PM by Phil.
I rarely charge my paperwhite and no more so than my Kindle Keyboard.  
I tend to use it with the light on about 2 or 3 and read about 30 minutes a day on average but only charge it every month or so.  This month I've been reading a lot more but still haven't had to charge the PW in weeks.

tao, I normally leave the wifi on all the time. The only time I turn it off is when I get a low battery warning, and usually knock it off so I can do my nightly read in peace. I normally then charge it a day or two after the warning.

Another issue which may be a drain on the battery is the size of the text displayed. The kindle only uses power to update the display so having a large text font will mean more page turns and possible an increase in power usage. My eye sight has started to deteriorate this last year and I now find my self using a large and large font as I don't wear glasses if I can help it. I could see how this may increase power usage but I can't say I've noticed any increase in my recharge rate but maybe I don't read as quickly or as often as some of you guys.
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RE: £20 off Paperwhites! Q. is there a new P/W on the horizon?

I tested my battery. I read for half an hour at lunch each (working) day. A good hour or so at night and lots on the weekend.
With wifi permanently on, it was a week until I needed to charge. With the wifi off when I remembered to, it was 2 weeks.
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Because I read across several devices (paperwhite, iPad, Nexus 7...) I keep the wifi switched on, so the devices stay in sync. If I notice the battery level's gone below about ⅓, I'll chuck it on the charger. But it's rarely much more than once a fortnight.

(the paperwhite alternates between bedroom and bathroom; the iPad lives in my backpack; the nexus 7 sits on my desk.)
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Interesting replies... I've read two books in the five days since I've had it and the battery is above 80% with WiFi off. I'll be pleased to charge once a week any longer will be a bonus, compared to every other day with the 7 although in fairness I use it for 3-4 hours internet use ( like now ) in addition to 2 hours daily reading before PW arrived.
Again and so far delighted with PW with easy one handed use even with the hard cover case, keeps other hand free for G&T!!
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31 Jul 2014, 11:38 AM | Post: #17

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Would the PaperWhite be good for someone with failing eyesight? My mum is struggling to read her 'original' Kindle. Now might be the time to change.
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(31 Jul 2014 11:38 AM)Ken Magee Wrote: Wrote:  Would the PaperWhite be good for someone with failing eyesight? My mum is struggling to read her 'original' Kindle. Now might be the time to change.
Greetings Ken,

I find the print very clear just as the forum, also the fonts can be changed, I think there are five and also the letter size can be made larger just like the other Ks. In addition of course in low light the screen can be brightened which is much better than having a street lamp thingy clipped to it. Another good thing is it is very light to hold and can be used easily with one hand. We'll I hope that helps... Go on give her a treat, you know you want to.Shy
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(31 Jul 2014 02:20 PM)Ken Magee Wrote: Wrote:  Would the PaperWhite be good for someone with failing eyesight? My mum is struggling to read her 'original' Kindle. Now might be the time to change.
My eyesight isn't really that bad but in low light with a small font I can struggle a bit and I find the extra contrast on the PW with the white (lit) background and the black text makes it much easier for me. The only downside for me is the lack of page turn buttons I really do prefer those of the Kindle Keyboard to the touch screen option

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