How to charge your Kindle Paperwhite without computer and without blowing it up?

with 11 Comments

Kindle Paperwhite, High Resolution Display with Next-Gen Built-in Light, Wi-Fi

[Updated December 15, 2015] When you’re unboxing the Kindle Paperwhite, you’ll notice that there are only 3 things that are included in the box: Kindle PaperwhiteKindle Paperwhite, High Resolution Display with Next-Gen Built-in Light, Wi-Fi, USB 2.0 charging cable and Quick Start Guide. The power adaptor for charging your Kindle Paperwhite (without a computer) is not included, which is absolutely fine because the only thing to do is plugging the Kindle Paperwhite to your computer using the USB charging cable.

However, it is also not exactly the most practical way of charging your Kindle PaperwhiteKindle Paperwhite, High Resolution Display with Next-Gen Built-in Light, Wi-Fi, especially if your computer is not ON 24/7 or if you do not travel with your computer. So, how do you charge your Kindle Paperwhite without your computer and without blowing it up? There are basically 2 ways of charging your Kindle Paperwhite:

1. Using the Amazon Kindle power adaptor: The following Amazon Kindle US, UK and EU power adaptors are compatible with all of your Kindle Fire tablets and Kindle e-readers. The Amazon Kindle AU power adaptor is compatible with your Kindle, Kindle Touch, Kindle Keyboard and Kindle DX.

Amazon 5W USB Official OEM Charger and Power Adapter for Fire Tablets and Kindle eReaders
1.1. Amazon Kindle US Power Adapter (Amazon US).

 

Kindle PowerFast Charger for Accelerated Charging for the UK (for Kindle Fire tablets and Kindle e-readers)
1.2.a. Amazon Kindle UK (Type G) Power Adaptor (Amazon UK)Amazon PowerFast USB Charger for Accelerated Charging, UK (compatible with all Amazon and Android Devices).
1.2.b. Amazon Kindle UK (Type G) Power Adapter (Amazon US).

 

Kindle PowerFast Charger for Accelerated Charging for the EU (for Kindle Fire tablets and Kindle e-readers)
1.3.a. Amazon Kindle EU Power Adapter (Amazon DE)Amazon PowerFast Ladegerät zum schnelleren Aufladen, EU [geeignet für alle Amazon- und Android-Geräte].
1.3.b. Amazon Kindle EU Power Adapter (Amazon US).

 

Amazon Kindle AU (Type I) Power Adapter (Kindle, Kindle Touch, Kindle Keyboard, Kindle DX)
1.4. Amazon Kindle AU (Type I) Power Adapter (Amazon US).

 

2. Using another power adaptor that you might already have at home. It cost you neither extra money nor extra time ordering the Kindle Power Adapter. There is, however, one important thing that you should always check before plugging your Kindle Paperwhite to another power adaptor.

Kindle Paperwhite, High Resolution Display with Next-Gen Built-in Light, Wi-Fi

At the backside of your Kindle PaperwhiteKindle Paperwhite, High Resolution Display with Next-Gen Built-in Light, Wi-Fi you see: Input 5,25V – max 500mA. It means that your Kindle Paperwhite is capable of receiving power of 5,25 voltage and lower. It also means that you can charge your Kindle Paperwhite with any other USB compatible power adaptor with power output of 5,25V or lower.

The followings are USB compatible power adaptors with power output lower than 5.1V, which is lower than the Kindle Paperwhite can actually receive (Input 5,25 V – max 500mA):

  1. Apple iPad 10 Watt USB Power Charger Adapter (US). The iPad power adaptor is compatible with (some of) iPads, iPhones and iPods and has power output of 5.1V – 2.1A.
  2. Apple USB Power Adapter for iPhone (US). The iPhone power adaptor is compatible with (some of) iPhones, iPads and iPods and has power output of 5.0V – 1.0A.
  3. Nikon EH-69P Power Adapter (US). The Nikon power adaptor is compatible with (some of) Nokia Coolpix S-series cameras and has power output of 5.0V – 0.55A.
  4. Duracell 5 Hour Mobile Phone & MP3 Portable USB Charger (UK & Europe). This power adaptor is compatible with iPhone, Blackberry, iPod, most MP3 players and other smartphones. It has power output of 5.0V – 1.0A.

 

Please note that there are other power adaptors with a power output of 5.25V or lower. Just remember to check its power output value first before using it to charge your Kindle PaperwhiteKindle Paperwhite, High Resolution Display with Next-Gen Built-in Light, Wi-Fi with.

 

Bonus tips:

Follow Lia Belle:

Blogger at liabelle.me, Human Momma to SintraTheCat.com & Inbound Marketing Professional at Libelcom.com

11 Responses

  1. Yaser
    |

    I am still confused about using a higher amperage adapter, what abut using 5.0 V – 2.0 A adapter to charge my kindle voyage?

  2. […] 12. How to charge Kindle Paperwhite without computer: Charging your Kindle Paperwhite is very easy when you are at home or at your office because you usually have your computer on. But what if you’re traveling without your computer? Read here about how to charge your Kindle Paperwhite without computer. […]

  3. […] Note: Keep in mind that you don’t need to take a computer with you to be able to charge your Kindle Paperwhite while traveling. Read about How to charge your Kindle Paperwhite without computer and without blowing it up?. […]

  4. […] 13. How to charge Kindle Paperwhite without computer: Charging your Kindle Paperwhite is very easy when you are at home or at your office because you usually have your computer on. But what if you’re traveling without your computer? Read here about how to charge your Kindle Paperwhite without computer. […]

  5. […] de entrada (tensão e ampere) do Kindle Paperwhite. Pesquisei bastante e encontrei o post “Tip: How to charge your Kindle Paperwhite without computer on and without blowing it up?” (algo como: Dica: Como carregar o seu Kindle Paperwhite sem o computador e sem explodi-lo) […]

  6. […] morning I was stunned when I came across a blog that had copied one of my top blog posts, titled Tip: How to charge your Kindle Paperwhite without computer on and without blowing it up?, both its original title and its original content. The different is that my original blog post has […]

  7. Lia Belle
    |

    Hi there,

    Just buy the real/good priced/well-known electronics parts and components from China from now on:-)

    Don’t forget to wacht my video on this subject: How to charge your Kindle Paperwhite using USB compatible power adaptors lower than 5.1V

  8. R. Moreno
    |

    Thank you for your answer.

    Just in case, I’ve read a considerably lower voltage (<4.5V) could damage the device (Kindle in this case), but I'm not sure of that.
    BTW, I hope I didn't sound at all as if I meant all of China components are bad quality :). There are good factories there now and lots of R&D (one just have to take a look at the quantity of tech patents each year).

    Summarising, for safe use of adapters/chargers:

    – Output Voltage (V): same voltage as demanded.

    – Output Amperage (mA): equal or superior to demanded. (if the max output of the adapter/charger is superior, the device will take just what it needs). Anyway, I wouldn't dare to use much higher amperages…

  9. Lia Belle
    |

    Thanks for your comment.

    As you said that the power output of the Kindle Power Adaptor is 5,0V – 850mA but the power input is 5,25V – max 500mA (you can see it at the backside of your Kindle Paperwhite).

    The Amperage refers to the flow rate at which the device uses up electric power. When the voltage is similar or lower than what the device is capable of receiving then it won’t burn the delecate circuits inside the device (Kindle Paperwhite). The only downside is, however, that it is going to charge slower.

    Another example: I have been using the Duracell Portable adaptor to charge both my iPad and iPhone for years. It takes a “normal speed” to charge my iPhone and it takes longer to fully charge my iPad. Other than that, both my iPad and iPhone are just fine.

    PS: Don’t use fake/cheap/unknown electronic parts and components from China 🙂

  10. R. Moreno
    |

    Thank you for the info, but are not taking into account the amperage (mA)! The paperwhite could eventually “burn” with too low mA, apart from chargin more slowly.

    Even using valid Voltage and Amperage values for the kindle, tried to charge my Paperwhite with a 5V, 1A charger and the touchscreen became crazy, acting as if I was pressing the screen somewhere. I bought the adapter from China for around $2, so the problem was probably fluctuations in power (too cheap, no good electronic safety controls).

    You have to use always at least the same amperage a device demands. Otherwise it will take longer to charge and may eventually burn the circuits.

    The kindle charger output specifications are 5V and 850mA, not 500mA, so it charges faster and with no risk.

    I think you could use any GOOD charger (with safety electronic controls) with an output of 5V and between 500mA and 1000mA = 1A., but I’m not an expert. I learnt reading posts of experts on electronics.

  11. […] I wrote about How to charge your Kindle Paperwhite without computer on and without blowing it up. Now, I’ld like to show you how it actually works (see the video above). Please bear with me […]

Leave a comment

Do you want to advertise on this blog?

Get Email Updates: