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How Long Do Your Kindle Ereaders Last?
« on: December 31, 2017, 03:50:27 PM »
How long do your kindle ereaders last? Mine seem to start going strange after about 2 years. Is that normal?


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Re: How Long Do Your Kindle Ereaders Last?
« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2017, 04:13:28 PM »
I've not had a Kindle go bad....

How do you carry them when you take them out into the wild?

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Re: How Long Do Your Kindle Ereaders Last?
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2017, 04:18:34 PM »
In a backpack, but I try to look after them. I read about 3 hours a day.


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Re: How Long Do Your Kindle Ereaders Last?
« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2017, 04:20:14 PM »
Mine are all still corking along so far as I know (gave away K1, donated PW, traded Voyage to Amazon). The only older one I still have myself is a Kindle Keyboard, and it works fine.

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Re: How Long Do Your Kindle Ereaders Last?
« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2017, 04:26:45 PM »
They could be getting jostled too much in the backpack.  What kind of problems are you having?

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Re: How Long Do Your Kindle Ereaders Last?
« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2017, 04:27:52 PM »
Or, they could be getting too full.  How many books do you keep on them?

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Re: How Long Do Your Kindle Ereaders Last?
« Reply #6 on: December 31, 2017, 04:36:50 PM »
With the keyboard one I had years ago the battery died. With the paper white I bought about 2 years ago, it's getting slow. When I go to my library it takes several seconds, and when I scroll through the pages of the library, it takes about 10 seconds per page.

I have maybe 400+ books on it. Do you think that might be the problem?


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Re: How Long Do Your Kindle Ereaders Last?
« Reply #7 on: December 31, 2017, 04:46:38 PM »
I've only had one go bad right before 3 years. It wouldn't take a charge. Thankfully I had bought a 3-year Square Trade warranty so I was able to get a full refund. Other than that, my Kindles have all worked fine.

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Re: How Long Do Your Kindle Ereaders Last?
« Reply #8 on: December 31, 2017, 04:49:18 PM »
I'd suggest doing a full reset to see if that fixes the slow down. Then only put some of your books on it? Or maybe it's having a problem indexing one of the last books you put on it? (So try removing the last 2-5 books to see if that speeds things up before trying a full reset!!)

With the keyboard one I had years ago the battery died. With the paper white I bought about 2 years ago, it's getting slow. When I go to my library it takes several seconds, and when I scroll through the pages of the library, it takes about 10 seconds per page.

I have maybe 400+ books on it. Do you think that might be the problem?

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Re: How Long Do Your Kindle Ereaders Last?
« Reply #9 on: December 31, 2017, 08:31:53 PM »
I'm still rumbling along with my kindle keyboard. Never saw a need to replace it, and it still does its thing happily enough. Had it forever and a day. I had it stop charging a few months in but after I asked amazon about it and they replaced it no questions asked, I found out the cables I had (three of them) were all shot to hell and the unit was fine. Oh well, live and learn.
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Re: How Long Do Your Kindle Ereaders Last?
« Reply #10 on: December 31, 2017, 09:12:33 PM »
With the keyboard one I had years ago the battery died. With the paper white I bought about 2 years ago, it's getting slow. When I go to my library it takes several seconds, and when I scroll through the pages of the library, it takes about 10 seconds per page.

I have maybe 400+ books on it. Do you think that might be the problem?

What Kimberly said.  You may find doing a reset refreshes the speed.

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Re: How Long Do Your Kindle Ereaders Last?
« Reply #11 on: December 31, 2017, 09:29:49 PM »
I got my k2 in May 2009, between then and December 2014 I needed to replace the battery once because it wouldn't hold a charge for a reasonable length of time. It was still working fine in 2014, but I wanted to upgrade to the voyage anyways and got it for Christmas that year :). I've had my voyage since they became available and have had no issues with it,
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Re: How Long Do Your Kindle Ereaders Last?
« Reply #12 on: January 01, 2018, 03:30:14 AM »
Thanks everyone for the suggestions. I'll try the reset (once I've worked out how to do that  :)).


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Re: How Long Do Your Kindle Ereaders Last?
« Reply #13 on: January 01, 2018, 06:09:56 AM »
Thanks everyone for the suggestions. I'll try the reset (once I've worked out how to do that  :)).

You want to do a RESTART first, and see if that works: menu/settings/menu/restart.

This'll clear out any stray bits and bytes. It is definitely the case that the more books you have, or the more collections/things in collections, the slower the response will be. Fortunately, while it affects selecting and otherwise manipulating books or collections, it doesn't affect it at all when actually reading.

If the restart doesn't work, there is an option to reset to factory conditions. This will basically remove everything from your device and deregister it. You'll have to re-enter wifi credentials etc. and basically set the device up again from scratch.

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Re: How Long Do Your Kindle Ereaders Last?
« Reply #14 on: January 01, 2018, 03:59:53 PM »
K2 works but it seems slow to me. K3 since the Fall of 2010 works like a champ and my K5 still going strong since 2011. My first Paperwhite died after five years. Voyage, Oasis 6" still going strong.
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Re: How Long Do Your Kindle Ereaders Last?
« Reply #15 on: January 02, 2018, 05:14:27 AM »
Maybe Amazon subcontracts to Apple for their devices. Hahahaha :o
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Re: How Long Do Your Kindle Ereaders Last?
« Reply #16 on: January 02, 2018, 07:03:56 AM »
Got the wife a Kindle Keyboard as soon as they launched in August 2010 and it is still going strong. She ended up buying one for me a month later and it has gotten a LOT of use as I am an avid reader. Mine got replaced a couple of months ago only for the fact that I needed something lighted and wanted something smaller for backpacking and motorcycle camping trips. When you are trying to pack a weeks worth of gear, clothes, food, tent, sleeping bag, mattress and all of the associated camping gear onto an R series Yamaha Sportbike then every millimeter of storage space counts. The battery is getting a little weak in my keyboard as it has been used so much but hers still has the same battery life as new. I may pick her up a Paperwhite and pass the keyboard versions along to the kids at some point. The oldest is 7 and starting to pick up my love for reading and the 5 year old is showing the same desire for books.

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Re: How Long Do Your Kindle Ereaders Last?
« Reply #17 on: January 04, 2018, 02:34:00 PM »
Mine lasts until Amazon releases a new model...

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« Reply #18 on: January 04, 2018, 02:44:43 PM »
I've never had one just fail on me with no explanation. I have had ones two different times that started acting funny but they were under warranty and Amazon replaced them without arguing much. My brother still regularly uses a DX model that was purchased in 2009. That's the oldest kindle on my account, not because others stopped working, but because I got new ones and either sold them back to amazon or sold or gave them to someone else off my account.

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Re: How Long Do Your Kindle Ereaders Last?
« Reply #19 on: January 04, 2018, 03:42:42 PM »
Maybe Amazon subcontracts to Apple for their devices. Hahahaha :o

That would explain it  >:(


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« Reply #20 on: January 04, 2018, 04:00:18 PM »
Mine lasts until Amazon releases a new model...
;D. That's the attitude.

Seriously though all my kindles still work and work fairly well. Even my K1 which I had since 2008. Now mind you, with the sd card in, it used to take a full 8 minutes to do a search when I had like 2000 books on it. But that was always that way.

I do think after a few years they might benefit from some cobweb cleaning. The search and index files get large. So if you can and are willing, a total factory reset might be in order. Often when calling customer service they want you to do that most often. Just beware that the books on it will have to be downloaded again.

I think though I only had to reset my first paperwhite like that. That one was a bother from the moment I got it. Never liked that thing. Then they got the cloud collections and it was over from there. I bought a different kindle then, the basic. Till I got the Voyage and then both Oasisess. Oassises? Oasis'??????????

I haven't killed a kindle yet.  :P

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Re: How Long Do Your Kindle Ereaders Last?
« Reply #21 on: January 05, 2018, 01:46:54 AM »
I had to look it up. 5th generation Kindle bought in late 2012, still going strong.
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« Reply #22 on: January 11, 2018, 04:21:48 PM »
I still have a K3 that works, though it became impossibly slow navigating my large library. I have used my PW3 for 2 years now with about 1,000 books on it. It occasionally gets bogged down and appreciates a restart.

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Re: How Long Do Your Kindle Ereaders Last?
« Reply #23 on: January 12, 2018, 05:34:29 AM »
The answer to the question is it depends on usage, all the components are tested and guaranteed for so many cycles or hours of use, and once you exceed that, they will most likely soon lose efficiency or just stop working.

Think its fair to say that Amazon haven't used d the best quality components, certainly the battery, sound card/ speaker, screen and cpu are substandard when compared to high end devices.

The more you use them or the harder you use them the sooner they will reach the point of unreliability. If you use them mostly for low resource tasks like book reading, then you should get many years out of them, if you are constantly playing vids or music, then the screen will loose resolution, the cpu will lose efficiency and the sound card may pack up in not that long .

Batteries are temperamental, they can quickly loose efficiency and not give the required voltage, though still maintaining a charge, that will slow everything down. It's much better for battery life if you avoid leaving them on charge for hours/ days and do not make a habit of running them to flat


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« Reply #24 on: January 12, 2018, 04:44:47 PM »
I only use my kindle for readingnothing else. Looks like I've had bad luck with them.


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