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Old 11-17-2012, 10:47 PM   #1
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Does the Kobo Mini really only get 2 weeks of battery?

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I just wanted to know if it was a misprint. I know most e ink non glo readers get atleast a month on a battery.

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Old 11-17-2012, 11:25 PM   #2
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The "month" you often see quoted is deceptive. It assumes only 30 minutes of reading per day, in a single session, wi-fi off at all times, and with the power turned off the rest of the time (so no putting it to sleep and leaving it around 'til your next session).

Under the normal use of someone who is heavy enough a reader to make a dedicated ebook reader an attractive option, even two weeks is being optimistic.

Really, it's like coffee makers being listed in "cups" - those "cups" are only 170ml instead of the normal 240ml (236ml, actually, but rounded up in the US for official measurement), which is what a normal coffee mug'd hold, so a 12-cup coffee maker'll actually only give you 8 and a half real cups of coffee...
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Old 11-17-2012, 11:41 PM   #3
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Interesting comparison.... If you want to know if the Mini really has half the battery life of the glow, after having peeled back the cover of the glow, and seeing how huge the battery is,I would say, probably yes. There just ins't room for that much battery in the Mini. Remember that the lion's share of the power draw will be the processor/memory/networking, since e-ink screen requires so very little power (and only when changing pages.) In other words, the mini has smaller battery (probably), but same power requirements.
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Old 11-18-2012, 01:08 PM   #4
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Yes it does. I have had one since the day it came out and have only ever charged it once. I turn off the wifi, except when updating, and I use it, at the minimum, at least one hour a day. Battery life is fantastic
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Old 12-09-2012, 09:44 PM   #5
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Batter life really is fantastic, I have not yet charged it since I bought it about 3 weeks ago and it's still only at 50%. I read on it constantly when I have the time, I would say about an hour or two a day, maybe more because it is broken up. I don't always have the wifi off either (cause I forget to turn it off for a few days at a time), and never power it all the way off except for a minor refresh after a while if it slows down a bit - sometimes freezes on me on loaded epubs from calibre.
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Old 03-29-2013, 08:32 AM   #6
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I use mine about 30 minutes-1 hour every night. For the first 3 months, I even played somee games on it (sudoku, chess) and not even 50% of the battery drained, with wi-fi off. Then last week, I "bought" the free version of The DaVinci Code and the battery started draining fast.*I powered it down with 7% of the battery left and it completely drained off.
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Old 03-29-2013, 08:44 AM   #7
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I read 36.6 hours on my last charge, wifi always off, and I put it to sleep when I'm not reading, never turn it off. Charging now, last time was on the 11th, so 2 1/2 weeks.
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Old 03-29-2013, 08:52 AM   #8
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If I read about one hour a day, the battery lasts between three and four weeks. I usually synchronized the device once or twice during that time and maybe connect it wirelessly to Calibre.
If I tend to read about two hours a day, I will need to charge the Mini after two to three weeks.

I scarcely turn it off and the WIFI is off when I don't need it.
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I use mine about 30 minutes-1 hour every night. For the first 3 months, I even played some games on it (sudoku, chess) and not even 50% of the battery drained, with wi-fi off. Then last week, I "bought" the free version of The DaVinci Code and the battery started draining fast.*I powered it down with 7% of the battery left and it completely drained off.
Try removing DaVinci Code book to see if you again have your excellent battery life.
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Old 04-04-2013, 09:58 PM   #10
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all you really need to know if you will NEVER have to charge it more than once a day and you SHOULD never have to charge it for any week long vacation of trip if you start fully charged and don't use wifi.

that is more than enough to keep me happy. I recharge my kindle DX every few months.

I just got a kobo mini (for when the kindle dx is just too large) and so far I am in love with this thing. its just SO HANDY being so small. I am going to work on a nice quality water proof housing since I discovered I can turn OFF sleep timer!! once I "load a book" I only need touch points. go forward go backward. this way I can take it in weather the beach of on the boat without fear :-)

I BET it would not be too hard to actually waterproof this bugger against splash risk.
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Old 04-05-2013, 04:17 AM   #11
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I am going to work on a nice quality water proof housing since I discovered I can turn OFF sleep timer!! once I "load a book" I only need touch points. go forward go backward. this way I can take it in weather the beach of on the boat without fear :-)
Thanks to a ziplock bag, I can read while taking a bath I love eReaders!
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I know a ziplock can work but that's no fun :-) hehe
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I know a ziplock can work but that's no fun :-) hehe
And no classy neither.
I'm looking forward to seeing what you'll come up with
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I think I will try something with some cheap wood first. (this way it will float too)

see ow hard that is and if that works well go with nicer wood or maybe aluminum.

this way it will be drop resistant and water resistant and still be no larger than your typical 6" e-ink device.

Might also slap 8 dollar store solar panels on the back. should be enough for a slow charge :-) or even build a small battery pack into it and have the solar charge that and the batteries charge the unit. i will figure something out

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Old 04-06-2013, 05:22 PM   #15
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I got mine for christmas, and have only had to charge it three times since then, and I would class myself as a heavy reader, with at least 3 hours a day using it. It has definitely impressed me so far.
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