Got your hands on a Kindle Fire yet? The tablet that is dubbed as an “iPhone Rival”, or at least the closest thing we have seen so far, has been gaining a lot of popularity and momentum in recent months. One problem though (well, two if you include the fact that it hasn’t been released in the UK yet), users want to get a battery life that is close to what was advertised. There are a few simple tips below – follow them and you’ll see some fantastic improvements on the battery life of your device.
1. Don’t turn your Kindle Fire off. If you turn it off then you’ll have to turn it on again. Both of these jobs take up precious battery life. Simply putting your Fire into sleep mode will, even though the device is still running, use less battery than the device would normally use if turned off and on.
2. Keep your Kindle at room temperature. It uses a Lithium ion battery which is fantastic when at room temperature, but if it gets too hot or too cold the battery will drain faster. Try not to keep it in your bag all day, instead take it out and leave it on your desk.
3. As with all phones, tablets and other devices with a screen, the backlight uses a large amount of battery to be powered. If you don’t need the brightness turned up full then turn it down. You can do this through Settings > Screen Brightness. It may take more time to go into this setting and change it every time you read depending on the lighting of your environment, but trust me, it’ll make your battery run for longer.
4. Turn the wifi off if you aren’t using it. Seriously, what’s the point in having it turned on when you are reading a book or doing other offline activities? Only turn it on when it is needed.
5. Charge your Kindle Fire fully after letting the battery get low. Don’t use the device while it is on charge. This will help keep your battery in a good condition for a long time.
6. Try not to use memory-hogging apps on your device. Some apps use a lot more battery power than others depending on how processor-intensive they are. There are several available apps that will monitor the memory usage of your installed programs and tell you which are taking the most memory/power. A good one to try is Badass Memory Monitor which, when installed, will show you a list of your apps sorted by power usage.