How to charge kindle 1 with usb

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How to charge kindle 1 with usb
The Palm Zire and Tungsten PDAs use exactly the same connectors as the Kindle. (Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images)

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

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  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    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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