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Kindle Fire Power
Amazon Kindle PowerFast
Member Name: azana
Amazon Kindle PowerFast
Date: 11/01/13, updated on 12/01/13 (107 review reads)
Advantages: charges quickly
Disadvantages: ouch at the price
The Kindle Fire is Amazon's tablet which is not supplied with a plug but just a USB cable. You can use the cable to recharge via a USB charger, but it takes quite a long time, overnight as a minimum. This plug, which is designed to speed things up has to be bought separately and it costs £17.99. This is undoubtedly a lot of money for what is essentially a black shiny plug - but is it any good?
There's no doubt that the charger, which is 9W as opposed to the 5W of the original kindle charger plug (which is white) does speed up charging considerably. Amazon say that this "powercharger" will fully charge a tablet in under 4 hours, you can use it for an e-reader kindle but it won't increase the time it takes to charge. In my experience it charges a kindle fire to fully charged in somewhere around 3 hours and a bit. It does seem to get a bit warm whilst doing this but it works, every time. It's the charger that should probably come with the Fire.
There's not much to say about the way the plug looks - it is pretty well exactly as you see above, a shiny black plug with three pins that is quite glossy and matches the black cable of the kindle fire. It's not the most compact of chargers ( 4.3 x 4.3 x 2.6 cm) and neither does is have pins that fold in (apparently the US version does) or any special features like an LED to show you it is on, it really is just a shiny black charger with a place to put slot the cable into on its base, nothing more nothing less. It is well made but not the most exciting of items to tell you the truth.
Amazon is full of reviews where people express their surprise and disgust at the price of this item, and that the charger doesn't come with the kindle fire - they have kind of got a point, but then the kindle fire might well be more expensive if this add on item were included. The standard kindle white plug, which when I bought my kindle keyboard did come with the kindle but now doesn't also costs £17.99 to buy at time of writing; at least this charger has the advantage of added speed to almost justify its purchase.
You can own a kindle fire or fire hd without buying one of these but owning one does make it easier to charge. We use this a lot and it's very handy to have and seems reliable so far and I've never had any issues like the cable not fitting in easily or falling out .
I was lucky enough to be sent one of these to try by Amazon, I do think £17.99 is a lot to charge for an item that probably cost a fraction of that to make, even though it does come in quite a snazzy box, but I'm really glad I own one. If you have a kindle fire you may want to get one too - they are sometimes on offer - it really does make charging your tablet quicker and easier and that might be worth paying for.
Summary: how much?!
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