The original Amazon Kindle e-book reader utilises a separate mini-USB connector and power connector, unlike its newer hardware versions. Although the device is able to trickle charge through the mini-USB port, it takes approximately six hours to achieve a half-full battery and is unlikely to reach its maximum charge level. By employing a cable originally designed for a range of Palm PDAs, the Kindle's dedicated power socket can be connected to a USB port and charged at its optimal rate.
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Things you need
- Palm Zire, Tungsten T or Tungsten E USB cable
Acquire a USB power cable designed for the Palm Zire, Tungsten E or Tungsten T (see Resources). This cable has a standard USB plug on one end, for connecting to a computer or any USB socket, and splits into a mini-USB plug and a "Type A" power connector at the other end.
Connect the full-sized USB plug to a computer's USB port. For charging purposes only, it can also be connected to any standard USB port on devices such as printers, mains-to-USB adaptors, stereos and car power outlets.
Connect the Type A power plug to the power socket on the bottom of the Kindle. The Kindle will now charge as if it were plugged into its main adaptor.
Tips and warnings
- If you want to synchronise the Kindle as well as charge it, connect the mini-USB plug as well.
- The charging rate will be slightly increased if both the Type A and mini-USB plugs are both connected to the Kindle, though you'll be unable to use the device while it's in USB transfer mode.
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