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Old 02-02-2012, 02:33 AM   #1
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Ereader batteries?

Are all readers like Ipods and only come with built in batteries that only the manufacturer can replace? I love my Ipod but I really hate that feature about them, I'd like to avoid it but I have not seen anything mentioned about what type of batteries an ereader uses in any review so I'm assuming you can't just replace it yourself?
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Old 02-02-2012, 02:53 AM   #2
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Don't know about all, but the Kindle and Sonys I own are not user replacable. The thinking is that when the battery dies you'll want a new E-Reader anyway.
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Old 02-02-2012, 03:14 AM   #3
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The Kobo Vox battery is easy enough to access without tools and without damaging the case. The Kobo Touch and Kindle 2 are also replaceable without special tools, but most people would damage the case when trying to enter it. Now where to find those batteries is an open question.
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Old 02-02-2012, 04:04 AM   #4
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E-Readers from the "small" brands like Pocketbook, Cybook, Onyx, Bebook, most Hanlin clones come with user replacable batteries.
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Old 02-02-2012, 07:31 AM   #5
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Old 02-02-2012, 09:25 AM   #6
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Old 02-02-2012, 09:29 AM   #7
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The original nook I know has a user replaceable battery. I am not sure about the newer ones though.
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Old 02-02-2012, 11:42 AM   #8
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Most of them are user replaceable if you take the time to Google a teardown video. The only one that I know is not replaceable is the non-Touch K4. For some reason the battery is glued on..
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Old 02-02-2012, 12:11 PM   #9
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The Kindle 1 has a user replaceable battery.
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Old 02-02-2012, 12:16 PM   #10
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Whether or not the battery is user-replaceable depends upon who the user is. It is possible to replace it, it just gets tricky. I've replaced the battery in an iPod, which wasn't considered user replaceable. It is a matter of your skills and how much you want to bother with it.
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Old 02-02-2012, 12:44 PM   #11
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Whether or not the battery is user-replaceable depends upon who the user is. It is possible to replace it, it just gets tricky. I've replaced the battery in an iPod, which wasn't considered user replaceable. It is a matter of your skills and how much you want to bother with it.
Not always. The battery in a Kindle Non-Touch CANNOT be replaced - not by anyone. It's glued in, and you can't remove the battery without destroying the device. If you believe that you know better, a lot of people would, I'm sure, love to see you demonstrate this .
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Old 02-02-2012, 01:41 PM   #12
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Most e-ink devices can last 2-4 weeks on a single charge with regular usage, and most rechargable lithium ion batteries can undergo at least a few hundred charge cycles before their capacity lowers significantly (even then, still about 80% of the original maximum).

In other words, with a healthy battery to start with, it should be many, many years before it should actually need to be replaced, so you'll probably need or want to replace your e-reader for other reasons before the battery becomes an issue.
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Old 02-02-2012, 01:56 PM   #13
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In other words, with a healthy battery to start with, it should be many, many years before it should actually need to be replaced, so you'll probably need or want to replace your e-reader for other reasons before the battery becomes an issue.
Indeed. My iPhone2 is nearly 3 years old. Heavily used at times, recharged each evening. I see no obvious downgrade in the battery.
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Old 02-02-2012, 01:58 PM   #14
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Not always. The battery in a Kindle Non-Touch CANNOT be replaced - not by anyone. It's glued in, and you can't remove the battery without destroying the device. If you believe that you know better, a lot of people would, I'm sure, love to see you demonstrate this .
Correct, but thankfully that seems to be more the exception than the rule, still.

The distinction more often is is the battery INTENDED to be user replaceable.
I have replaced the battery in my iPod Video, with tools and vids I found only. It took about 10 minutes, and cost under $10, but I can see how a non-technical person should rightly be wary of destroying the device while doing so.

By the way, over the past few weeks, I noticed my just-over-a-year-old Kindle failing to hold a charge for more than a few days.
Rather than running right to Youtube and eBay as I did with my iPod, I called Kindle customer service, and two days later I had a replacement device in my hands at no cost, so the lack of an easily replaceable battery really hasn't adversely affected me yet (and has made me all the more impressed with Amazon).

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Old 02-02-2012, 03:08 PM   #15
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Point taken, however, I never said that all batteries that were not intended to be user replaceable were in fact replaceable, nor did I say that I myself could replace every battery in every e-reader. Of course, if anyone really wanted to prove it could be done, I suppose someone could replace the battery in the non-touch Kindle. The difficulty simply makes it not worthwhile.
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