I’m still massively in love with my Kindle 2. (My first and only Kindle.) She’s 3.5 years old now and, despite a few signs of aging, she’s still going strong.
However, when she was around two years old her battery started going noticeably downhill. Using her every day I was having to recharge about every 4-5 days. (I generally recharge when the battery gets to the 50% mark.)
But I eeked things out for a long time. Until recently that is, when I’ve been having to charge every other day, sometimes every day. And the charge in that short time was getting down to around 25-30% remaining.
Part of the reason I waited so long to do anything about it, aside from being a champion procrastinator, is that the instructions on how to do the battery replacement are in the form of an online video, which I could not watch on dialup. Now that I’ve joined the 21st Century and have broadband, I figured it was time.
I ordered the replacement battery from NewPower99.com. Along with the battery you’re sent a shim tool for removing the cover, and a tiny magnetized screwdriver for handling the four teeny screws involved. Which is everything you need to do the replacement yourself.
There is a how-to video on the product page and watching it is fully instructive. The most difficult part for me was getting the small top plastic cover off. I worked at that quite a while before I could get it to pop off. The rest was a cinch.
Oh, well, almost a cinch. I almost forgot about the part where the volume control button/lever fell out. Heh. I was able to fit it back in place when reassembling my Kindle and I assume it still works. (I don’t use music, text-to-speech, or audiobooks on my Kindle, so even if I couldn’t have refit it, it wouldn’t have been a loss.)
After I replaced the battery and got my Kindle 2 put back together, it appeared that I’d killed her, and suffered several pangs of grief and regret. The screen was displaying my Home page, but none of the buttons worked, including the power slider.
Turns out she was just lying low until I could charge the new battery. A couple minutes after I plugged her in she did a reboot and the critical battery page came up on the screen. A bit later, after she got some juice, she started working normally again.
So the moral of the story is, don’t freak out, just plug it in and be patient until the charging light turns green.
I replaced the battery four or five days ago, and I’ve lost less than 25% of the charge in that time. If this battery is anything like when my Kindle 2 was new, it will perform even better after it’s been in use for 2-3 weeks.
So if you have a Kindle that is getting on in years and you’re tired of having to recharge frequently, I encourage you to go ahead and replace the battery yourself. It really is easy to do, and will breathe new life into it!
[Note: Amazon offers to do battery replacement for a small fee, around the same price or only a little more than the purchase price and shipping for the battery from NewPower99. However, it means sending your Kindle to them and being sent a different one, with a fresh battery, in return. If you’re anything like me, you want YOUR Kindle, not just any ol’ Kindle. So replacing the battery yourself is the better solution.]