Kobo is one contender in the ebook market who offer very competitive feature rich readers similar to that of other brands like Amazon and Barnes & Noble. With 3 different models available, the Kobo Vox, Kobo Touch, and Kobo WiFi, maintaining the proper battery life allows for hours of unplugged use. For the sake of this article, I’m going to only look at the WiFi and Touch ereaders.
Kobo Wifi and Kobo Touch battery life
The Kobo WiFi boasts of 10 days or 10,000 page turns before you need to recharge while the Kobo Touch will hold a charge for up to 1 month. Keep in mind that the battery powers features such as the Wi-Fi connection.
How to know when the battery is low
There are differences between the two models when determining battery life. For the Touch, a conveniently located indicator displayed on the home screen on the upper left corner will tell users whether they need to charge the battery while the WiFi model has two methods for checking. First, the battery status icon can be found by pressing the MENU button which will show the battery icon in the lower right of the MENU screen. Second, the light indicator when switching between libraries and settings will turn red when the battery is about to run out of juice.
Kobe Battery Life vs. Battery Lives of Other Readers
Even though the Kobo ereaders boasts of what seems like a very long battery life, it actually has about half the battery life of a Kindle and Nook Simple Touch, which has a life of about two months. But don’t let that fact alone stop you from considering this product. It is actually smaller and lighter than the Kindle and was recently voted by Wired magazine as their top choice. So, for those who want a solid budget reader offered at about $10 less than the other comparable readers, the Kobo reader is a great choice.
How to Prolong Your Kobo Battery Life
You can extend the life of your reader with a few tweaks. First off, you will need to go through the complete charge and recharge cycles before you can benefit from the maximum life of the reader. Another thing you can do is turn off the WiFi as a way to prolong the life of your eBook reader. The WiFi feature can drain power even when not in use or when WiFi is not available.
It is also important to avoid putting the reader on Sleep mode especially when it is not going to be used for a few days. The reader will keep on using power even during this state. To prevent accidental drainage, power off the device completely when not in use.
Another tweak you can do for the Kobo WiFi model would be to turn off the DOWNLOAD DAILY option. This feature can automatically download news and magazines in the background. If you are simply powering off the reader to read, this option can be safely turned off to conserve power.
The Kobo reader is a very affordable eBook reader, which comes with some basic but also reliable features. Perfect for users who simply want a reader that is easy to use and read.
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