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Offline Pamelap
22 Dec 2014, 08:31 PM | Post: #1

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Kindle Voyage Battery Life

This post was last modified: 22 Dec 2014 08:32 PM by Pamelap.
I understood the new Kindle Voyage 2014 had a battery that lasts for weeks, much longer than previous models.

However, mine doesn't. It barely lasts a week and I have only read for about an hour and a half each day. I think it is actually worse than my old Kindle Touch battery.

I have fully charged it and noted the state each day for a week, made sure the wireless function is off, but it just doesn't last.

Anyone else having this problem?
Offline l_macd
24 Dec 2014, 05:34 PM | Post: #2

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RE: Kindle Voyage Battery Life

A couple of things for you to consider. 

1. The battery on the Voyage typically doesn't last as long as the battery on some previous Kindle models.
If you check the technical details on the Kindle Voyage page (here on Amazon), it states: 
"A single charge lasts up to six weeks, based on half an hour of reading per day with wireless off and the light setting at 10. Battery life will vary based on light setting and wireless usage"
Whereas for the Paperwhite it says:
 "A single charge lasts up to eight weeks"

* Take those figures with a pinch of salt, typically if someone got 4 or more weeks out of their battery on their Paperwhite, they are only getting a couple of weeks at best on their Voyage. 

2. If you're using aeroplane mode to keep the wi-fi off, then perhaps your Voyage might be stuck indexing some books you put on it, as this will cause the battery to drain quickly. Do a google search for "Kindle stuck indexing" for more information on this.
Offline Pamelap
24 Dec 2014, 11:51 PM | Post: #3

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RE: Kindle Voyage Battery Life

Thanks.

That's really helpful. I mistakenly thought weeks meant weeks in the  statement

"Battery lasts weeks, not hours"

I shouldn't really have been caught out by this, since nowadays it's always what they don't say that matters. Actually I've just timed another battery 100% to empty and it was 12 days, so battery lasts a week would be wrong, but that doesn't mean "weeks" is right.

I had not adjusted the screen light setting. I thought it was on auto but I just checked and it isn't, it's set at 22, so this will be part of the problem. I have reduced this to 18 now which is about right for me (the auto light is too dim).

I do use airplane to switch wi-fi off, but there's no indexing going on or stuck, ie. indexing is complete; but I don't know when it would have finished.

I'm testing the 100%% to emmpty again to see if it has improved.
Offline l_macd
25 Dec 2014, 08:43 PM | Post: #4

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RE: Kindle Voyage Battery Life

This post was last modified: 25 Dec 2014 08:44 PM by l_macd.
Apparently if you turn the auto-brightness on and then increase the light a little, it will remember this and readjust to suit your preference. So worth giving that a try too.

To be honest, while the Voyage screen looks very good (the text is just wonderfully clear in comparison to the Paperwhite), the battery not lasting as long is one of the reasons why I don't consider the extra cost of it over the Paperwhite to be justified.

Good luck with getting as much as you can out of the battery though. Just remember not to run the battery right down to zero, as this isn't good for it.
Offline Pamelap
26 Dec 2014, 03:30 PM | Post: #5

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RE: Kindle Voyage Battery Life

This post was last modified: 26 Dec 2014 03:30 PM by Pamelap.
That is a good tip. I have set it to Autolight and then made it as bright as I need. Hopefully I'll see a difference in battery saving.