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Old 10-02-2010, 06:48 AM   #1
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Wall charger for Kindle 3

Hallo,
I own a Kindle 3. It requires 5.0VDC and 0.85 A to charge.
I do not want to buy Amazon's wall charger, it is expensive.
I have an ipod charger that outputs 5.0 VDC and 1 A.
Do you think I can use it to charge my Kindle 3 without any damage?
Thanks a lot.
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Old 10-02-2010, 06:58 AM   #2
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I thought the wall plug that is boxed with Kindle 3 was for charging? Or are you talking about something completely different?
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Old 10-02-2010, 07:46 AM   #3
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I assume Oscarino is outside the US?

My ipod charger says:
input: AC 100-240V
50-60 Hz
AC Input: 0.15A Max
Output 5V [line and dash symbol] 1A

Is this the same as yours? (ipod chargers should all be the same since you just change the plug, right?)

Anyway, I just tried before and it worked (light was amber). I only tried for about 5 seconds since I didn't really need to charge it, but I think it should be okay... Don't think the kindle'll explode... lol
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Old 10-02-2010, 08:17 AM   #4
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The iPod/iPhone wall charger works perfectly. I use one, as well as my Motorola Droid charger. Now days manufacturers are finaly getting with the program and making thing compatible.
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Old 10-02-2010, 10:13 AM   #5
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Now days manufacturers are finaly getting with the program and making thing compatible.
For the Kindle it doesn't matter and it will work with pretty much any decent USB charger.

For other devices whether it is compatible or not with a given USB adapter depends on how intelligent or picky the device is. There is a way of doing very basic identification of the charger by how 2 of the 4 pins in USB are wired up. Some devices will refuse to charge if it doesn't see that identification or if its the wrong type. These are generally things like phones and devices like the iPad or iPod.
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Old 10-02-2010, 03:01 PM   #6
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I thought the wall plug that is boxed with Kindle 3 was for charging?
Oddly Amazon don't supply a mains USB charger in the US like they do with the UK model.
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Old 10-02-2010, 04:31 PM   #7
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The Kindle that I received in Canada had a wall plug USB converter included. It is the only way that they can say that you don't need a computer to use the device. I am guessing as well that the OP would have to buy an adapter for European or another country.

Any adapter that puts out 5 VDC with at least 500 mA will be fine as that is the standard USB output.
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Oddly Amazon don't supply a mains USB charger in the US like they do with the UK model.
Are you actually in the US? The box contents varies depending on where the Kindle is being delivered to. If you order a Kindle from the US store and get it shipped to a US address then you'll get a USB charger. Some countries don't get the charger even though they ordered from the US store.
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