4 Tips to Extend the Kindle Fire Battery Life

by Andy Brock on February 1, 2012

Kindle FireYou love your Kindle Fire. You use almost all its services and use a ton of apps to the point that you have made your tablet a personal computing device like no laptop or notebook can be.

There is only one catch: it only lasts 7 or so hours. Which seems like a long time but when you start to consume some really good feature rich content, the life can start to evaporate very quickly.
The Kindle Fire battery life is specified to last a maximum of 8 hours, but being realistic and considering how much you use it, it does not typically last beyond 7 hours on a single charge. That is not a lot of time for a busy lifestyle – so how can you extend your Fire’s battery life?
4 battery saving tips
1. If you want to prolong the life of a battery on a single charge, you need to know the nature of that type of battery. Lithium ion batteries – like the one in your Kindle – don’t like extreme temperatures. Naturally, keeping your tablet in neutral temperatures (preferably room temperature), will extend its operating life. Cool temperatures can decrease battery life temporarily, and really hot temperatures can result in permanent damage. Also, try not to allow the battery to become fully drained as it has been shown to damage these type batteries.
2. If you have a good number of apps, you might want to do some research and figure out which among them can eat up a lot of power. There are some very power-hungry apps out there – typically the ones that require more processing power and memory. Of course, people do not commonly use their Kindle Fire for processing or memory intensive functions a lot, but you need to make sure you only have the apps you need the most. If you cannot get rid of a power-hungry app because you really need it, then at least do not use it as often.
3. Then, of course, there are some basic power-saving measures that work on virtually any sort of device – not just your tablet. One is lowering brightness or dimming the backlight of the display when there is enough ambient light. Another is setting the tablet to sleep (or in the Kindle’s case, auto-lock which sets it to sleep automatically) whenever it is not in use.
4. Another thing to do is disconnect the Wi-Fi. Obviously, being connected to the internet is one of the major reasons to get a tablet, but when there are no networks to connect to, consider turning it off.

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Len Feldman February 2, 2012 at 10:26 am

I’ve found that I can extend the life of a charge almost indefinitely if I kill all the running apps right before I turn my Kindle Fire off. I use the free Gemini App Manager, but there are undoubtedly other apps that will do the same thing. You can also use it to kill selected apps, which should extend battery life while you’re using the tablet.


Andy Brock February 2, 2012 at 10:28 am

Great tip. Thanks for sharing.


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