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How long is the battery life of the Kindle Fire?

Asked by WillWorkForChocolate (22623 points ) November 27th, 2011

I’m pretty sure my hubby is getting me a Kindle for Christmas, but I can’t decide if I want the regular Kindle or the Kindle Fire. My reason for this is: I know the regular Kindle has an extraordinarily long battery life, and I don’t know what kind of battery life the Fire has.

I’m assuming it’s considerably less, since it’s a color tablet instead of just the black and white reader. But it would be really neat to have the Kindle Fire if the battery lasts a decent amount of time. (I have a Pandigital tablet that has absolutely NO battery life, that’s why I’m skeptical of the Fire tablet.)

So… those of you who have already purchased a Kindle Fire, what do you think of the battery life?

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WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

Just 8 hours, really? That sucks.

JilltheTooth's avatar

Oh, yeah, definitely go with the e-ink version. My sister has the nook equivalent of the Kindle Fire, and the battery life is nothing compared to my e-ink Nook. Nothing more frustrating than finally getting some time to read and have the book go out.

downtide's avatar

argh. That will make the kindle fire totally useless to me. Thanks for the info though.

sinscriven's avatar

Eight hours is pretty decent for the Fire. The fire isn’t an eReader, it’s a full fledged low-end color android tablet with heavy media features that just happens to allow you to read eBooks. Powering all that hardware and graphics takes significantly more power than the Kindle/Kindle touch.

The eInk technology on the Kindles is very energy efficient and the text is of higher quality and resolution than you’d get on a tablet so it feels more like reading a book with less eye strain. The technology is still fairly young so eInk interfaces are a little bit slow and clunky, but when you only have to charge it once every month or two and are only reading pages of text anyway, it’s pretty acceptable.

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