In a house with heavy kindle use, battery life is an issue so we bought a powercharger and now we can power the kindle from flat to fully charged in about an hour. The charger comes as a large black plug which fits into any standard socket and you attach to the kindle at the base of the plug using a kindle charger connection. The charger cost around 12 pounds from Amazon and should be standard issue on all kindles in my opinion, as the normal charger they send is all but useless except to charge overnight. The only downside to the charger is that it can be used to charge mobile phones and if used will severely damage the life of your mobile battery, not a problem with my last phone which barely survived 4 hours without being recharged but if you''ve got a nice new shiny one keep is well away from the supercharger. I''d recommend buying one if your kindle is in constant use, it prevents children crying because they can''t play there favourite games and with about a meter long extension cord can be used and the kindle played with at the same time. Overall a very nice product, the only slight issue is that the connector to the kindle is in the plug itself which maybe a slight safety issue with children and the problem with mobiles as i mentioned. I''d recommend having the supercharger plugged in well away from any other charger and then just use it on the kindle.
So I know a lot of people think it's a bit cheap that when you buy your kindle you don't get a charger with it. And yes you can charge your kindle with the usb cable that comes with it via your computer, which does work. But realistically it works if you have bought a Kindle, Kindle Touch or paperwhite. The EInk products need charging so infrequently and uses so little power that simply charging from your computer (or lets face it blackberry, Samsung or HTC charger which all fit it fine) works.
However, this really isn't an option for any of the Kindle Fire devices. They use so much more power to run than any of the other Kindles as they are tablets as well as readers, that you actually NEED to buy another charger. There are cheaper ones out there but don't waste your money. Even Kindles own branded regular charger is not worth buying if you don't want to wait all day for the battery to fill up.
I realise I am starting to sound a little like an Amazon employee or groupie, but the reason I am so convinced on the fact that this charger works is because I have spent money on cheaper alternatives. If I had just bought the slightly more expensive one in the first place then I would have saved time, money and frustration! If you buy the Powerfast Charger it will charge your Kindle from flat to full in 4 hours. If you try it by your usb cable it will take at least twice as long.
So, if you have bought a Kindle Fire and you are thinking it takes forever to charge, this will probably be the reason. If you have one of the EInk kindles then you can get away without this, especially in you have a blackberry, Samsung or HTC charger. But to me it has definitely been worth the £17.99 I paid and I would recommend it
The Kindle Fire is Amazon's tablet which is not supplied with a plug but just a USB cable. You can use the cable to recharge via a USB charger, but it takes quite a long time, overnight as a minimum. This plug, which is designed to speed things up has to be bought separately and it costs £17.99. This is undoubtedly a lot of money for what is essentially a black shiny plug - but is it any good?
There's no doubt that the charger, which is 9W as opposed to the 5W of the original kindle charger plug (which is white) does speed up charging considerably. Amazon say that this "powercharger" will fully charge a tablet in under 4 hours, you can use it for an e-reader kindle but it won't increase the time it takes to charge. In my experience it charges a kindle fire to fully charged in somewhere around 3 hours and a bit. It does seem to get a bit warm whilst doing this but it works, every time. It's the charger that should probably come with the Fire.
There's not much to say about the way the plug looks - it is pretty well exactly as you see above, a shiny black plug with three pins that is quite glossy and matches the black cable of the kindle fire. It's not the most compact of chargers ( 4.3 x 4.3 x 2.6 cm) and neither does is have pins that fold in (apparently the US version does) or any special features like an LED to show you it is on, it really is just a shiny black charger with a place to put slot the cable into on its base, nothing more nothing less. It is well made but not the most exciting of items to tell you the truth.
Amazon is full of reviews where people express their surprise and disgust at the price of this item, and that the charger doesn't come with the kindle fire - they have kind of got a point, but then the kindle fire might well be more expensive if this add on item were included. The standard kindle white plug, which when I bought my kindle keyboard did come with the kindle but now doesn't also costs £17.99 to buy at time of writing; at least this charger has the advantage of added speed to almost justify its purchase.
You can own a kindle fire or fire hd without buying one of these but owning one does make it easier to charge. We use this a lot and it's very handy to have and seems reliable so far and I've never had any issues like the cable not fitting in easily or falling out .
I was lucky enough to be sent one of these to try by Amazon, I do think £17.99 is a lot to charge for an item that probably cost a fraction of that to make, even though it does come in quite a snazzy box, but I'm really glad I own one. If you have a kindle fire you may want to get one too - they are sometimes on offer - it really does make charging your tablet quicker and easier and that might be worth paying for.
After buying a cheap charger for my Kindle Fire HD and realising they just did not work well together, my fiancé bought me the official Amazon charger for Christmas. At first, I was reluctant to pay the £17.99 for the product, which is why I ended up with something that didn't work. Although Waterstones do now sell Kindles, the charger is currently only available through Amazon.
Firstly, I think that this should have been something you get with the purchase of a Kindle. Being a tablet that does run down the battery quite quickly if not only using for reading, the USB charger is not adequate enough for my charging needs. Anyway, this charger comes in a little black box with the Amazon and Kindle logos on it. Inside the box is the plug, which does not have a cable on it. This plug is designed to be used with the USB cable provided at the time of purchase. The USB cable fits into the underneath of the plug, so to not stick out at all or get in the way. As plugs go, this one looks quite sleek and nice but then I would hope so for near enough £18.
Amazon claims that this charger 'Fully charges your Kindle Fire or Kindle Fire HD devices in under 4 hours' and after having bad experiences so far with chargers, I was sceptical. However, this charger does exactly what it says it should do which is fantastic. I sometimes work 13 and a half hour shifts at work and the Kindle battery definitely does not last that long so I needed something that would charge quickly so this charger is actually perfect.
Although this is an expensive plug, it is well worth the money.