How Long Does the Kindle 2's Battery Last?


The Kindle 2 is a portable e-reader that allows you to read both modern and classic books, as long as the battery within has life. The amount of time you spend using your Kindle 2 will determine how long the battery lasts per charge. Once the battery dies, you can recharge it.

Wireless Off

  • If you're using your Kindle 2 with the wireless option off, a single charge can last you up to a month according to The original Kindle allowed you to turn off the wireless option with a switch, which was located on the back of the device. The Kindle 2 lacks this switch. Instead, you must locate the wireless off option on the Home menu. Simply navigate through the Menu options using the joystick, find the "wireless radio" option and turn it off.

Going Wireless

  • If you use your Kindle 2 with the wireless feature activated, the battery will last for up to three weeks on a single charge. However, this depends greatly on the type of Kindle 2 you purchase. For example, the Kindle Wi-Fi can last three weeks on a single charge with the wireless feature turned on, but the Kindle 3G plus Wi-Fi can only last 10 days with the wireless feature turned on. The Kindle DX can only last seven days with the wireless feature turned on.

The Charge

  • The Kindle 2 battery can be recharged as soon as it starts to run low. You do not need to wait for the battery to be completely drained before recharging it. You can charge the Kindle 2 using the power adapter that Amazon sells with the device. Or, you can charge it using a USB 2.0 cable, which also comes with the device. The power adapter must be plugged into an outlet, while the USB can be attached to your computer. On average, it takes approximately four hours to charge the Kindle 2 once it has been completely drained. You do not need to fully charge the device to utilize it.


  • The lifespan of a Kindle 2 battery per charge depends on how often you use the device. Think of it like a cellphone: The battery will remained charged for much longer with limited use. When you're not using your Kindle 2, make sure to power it off. If you do not need wireless capabilities, make sure to switch it off too. If you use your Kindle 2 frequently while traveling, make sure to have your adapter -- or USB cable -- with you at all times. The Kindle 2 utilizes electronic ink technology, meaning the display screen can maintain a page of text without draining power. Electronic ink technology also prevents the device from getting warm while in use.

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