Getting the Amazon Kindle Ready to Roll
The Amazon Kindle ships with a power adapter and a micro USB-cable. Luckily, the Amazon Kindle and my cell phone use the same USB charger, so I have numerous options both on my computer and in my car to charge the device. It is important to understand that Amazon does not recommend using any power device not supplied by Amazon, such as power converters and USB wall chargers from other companies.
However, I love the power adapter that came with the Kindle that plugs directly into the wall. That is the first thing you need to do when your Kindle arrives in the mail. The Amazon Kindle charges very quickly, often in only two hours, a welcome surprise for people who are used to charging a new device for up to 24-hours before gaining use of it.
When charging the Amazon Kindle with the USB hookup to your computer, it takes longer to charge, often from four to six hours. Amazon recommends not to plug the USB cable into a hub, keyboard or monitor and to plug it in directly to the computer. It is also recommended to make sure your computer is plugged into a power outlet while charging your Kindle because some smaller laptops are not powerful enough to deliver a full charge.
After your Amazon Kindle is fully charged for the first time, it is time to turn it on. The power switch is on top of the Kindle. To turn on the Kindle, just slide and release the power switch. When you are finished using the Kindle, you repeat this action to put it to sleep. If you want to turn it off when not using it, which is smart to conserve battery power, slide the switch over and hold it in place until the screen goes blank and then release it.