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Old 06-30-2011, 02:15 AM   #1
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What happens if somebody does not charge Kindle fully before first usage?
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Old 06-30-2011, 02:26 AM   #2
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Well I didn't charge my Kindle till about 10 days after I got it lol. I'm sure I'll have replaced it before any damage to the battery becomes apparent.
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In any case, the first charge needn't take all that long. I got my husband a Kindle recently and charged it up, connected it to wi-fi and downloaded lots of books so that he could immediately use it when he got it. The whole thing took about 5 hours.
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Old 06-30-2011, 07:27 AM   #4
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I got a DXG yesterday and the complete charge was about 3~3.5 hours. I do not see a problem with it to be honest.
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Old 06-30-2011, 08:22 AM   #5
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What happens if somebody does not charge Kindle fully before first usage?
It is not as critical as it used to be with older batteries, so I wouldn't worry about it. The critical things that will prolong the life of Lithium-Ion batteries is not letting them get fully discharged or overcharged. See here.
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Old 06-30-2011, 10:16 AM   #6
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It is not as critical as it used to be with older batteries, so I wouldn't worry about it. The critical things that will prolong the life of Lithium-Ion batteries is not letting them get fully discharged or overcharged. See here.
Hot lava, that's a good read. Thank you for that link.
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Old 06-30-2011, 01:34 PM   #7
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I'm pretty sure the Kindles are fully charged when leaving the factory. Mine came with almost 100% charge, and I didn't recharge it until it was more than 50% down. It's almost a year old, and still works just fine.
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Hot lava, that's a good read. Thank you for that link.
You are welcome. A few years back I wanted to learn more about battery charging and tripped across a forum devoted to that.

Can you believe it, an entire forum devoted to a silly little bit of electronics?

Good thing we aren't so nerdy..... wait a minute...
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Old 07-01-2011, 03:21 AM   #9
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I had a concern about the battery not long ago myself, and found out from others here that the Kindle battery apparently doesn't have 'memory' problems like some batteries do. Or so some of them said in their postings. My only problem is that I get to playing games on it and it drains too fast. lol.
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Old 11-13-2013, 05:16 AM   #10
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What happens if somebody does not charge Kindle fully before first usage?
my kindle paperwhite was delivered some days ago. i didnt charge it fully before i did the registration and bought a book. i had read some pages from the book before i resumed the charging. i also noticed that the batterry icon had some spaces even though the charging light has turned green.

i reduced my brightness to slightly less than half and re-charged it. when it turned green, i checked and the battery icon showed full.

i recommend you reduce the brightness before you charge. can the battery really last for 8days ?
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Old 11-13-2013, 08:35 AM   #11
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It's a good idea to fully charge the Kindle so it can calibrate it's guage and give you a more accurate reading. There's no real reason that I know of to do that before you use it. Just don't put too much trust in the gauge until you do.

Memory problems were common in the days of NiCad batteries. If you constantly discharge them to about the same point and then charge them that would become the new low point for the battery. That could be avoided by doing one or two fairly complete discharges followed by a full charge every month or two.

Other kinds of rechargeable batteries don't have that problem. NiMH batteries are hurt by complete discharges. Lithium ion batteries aren't much affected by any of this.

If you google Battery University you can find a lot of information about this and on how to best care for a l-ion battery. They have charts that show that charging it more often rather than letting it get well discharged gives more overall battery life. But the differences are small. These seem to be fairly rugged batteries.

Of course a total discharge is very bad for any battery.

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What happens if somebody does not charge Kindle fully before first usage?
It will be empty sooner
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