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Subject: Power Drain
Date Posted: 3/4/2011 7:48 AM ET
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Is it normal for a reader to lose power while turned off?  Mine was at about 1/2 to 3/4 charged several days ago, I haven't used it at alll and when I turned it on this morning it was so low I had to recharge it.  I thought this happened once before but figured maybe I wasn't remembering correctly where the gauge was when I last used it, but this time I'm positive.

Is this typical?

Diane

Date Posted: 3/4/2011 8:23 AM ET
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What reader do you have? That happened to me. I accidently put it on sleep mode instead of turning the entire system off and it drained the battery. So, maybe that's what happened to you. You can also contact customer support and ask them about it.

Date Posted: 3/4/2011 1:25 PM ET
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Same problem and I have a kindle. - I turn off wifi and still drains quickly.

Date Posted: 3/4/2011 3:47 PM ET
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I have a Sony Touch, it doesn't have a sleep mode OR Wi-Fi.

I'm not going to be someone who uses it constantly, and if I have to charge it before each use it's going to get really annoying!

Diane 

Date Posted: 3/5/2011 9:51 AM ET
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I've noticed that the battery will drain faster if the house is cold.

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 3/5/2011 11:40 AM ET
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All rechargeable batteries will lose their charge after a while even if powered off. This happens to the AA batteries that you put in a wall charger as well as laptop batteries, eReaders, cell phones, etc.

Date Posted: 3/5/2011 2:46 PM ET
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I don't know about the Sony. But the Kindle should last 3 weeks or more with wi-fi off. If you are playing games on it, it will drain the battery quicker because of all the screen refreshes it has to do. Also, if you have the Kindle in the NON-lighted Amazon leather cover, it's most likely the cover causing the problem. They have stopped selling them and will give you refund.

 

Date Posted: 3/5/2011 4:10 PM ET
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If it's a Sony touch, some people have reported that grit at the edge of the screen can keep sending signals to the device and wear down the battery. Haven't seen that myself, but can see where it would use the battery up.

I've had three different Sony's and they all have a sleep mode. It's the turning them completely off that's hard to find unless you know how to find the settings. They don't usually get turned completely off because they have to re-index everything when switched back on and that can take more power (and time) than just letting it sit for a few days.

I have a PRS-650 and an older PRS-300 and after a couple of years the 300's battery didn't hold a charge very well. I bought a better battery for about $25 and installed it myself. Works just like new now. It was old enough I didn't worry about voiding the warrenty, and they had a video on how to do it. It was pretty simple.

Which one do you have?



Last Edited on: 3/5/11 4:11 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 3/5/2011 10:09 PM ET
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I used to have a Sony Pocket edition.  That seemed to hold a charge for a very long time, even with almost constant use.  If it sat for a few days just in sleep mode, it didn't seem to lose much charge at all.

I got a Sony Touch (PRS 600) a couple of months back and that just does not hold its charge as long as the Pocket Edition did.  If it sits for a few days in sleep mode, it's usually lost 2 bars of power.  I figure the touch screen just must be more of a drain on the battery.

Date Posted: 3/5/2011 10:51 PM ET
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I forgot about the cover causing issues with the kindle.  I will will give Amazon kindle care a call.