Adding Wireless Charging to the Kindle Paperwhite

imageFive years ago, I bought a Kindle Paperwhite on a whim. During those 5 years, it has become one of my most cherished tech devices, rivaling only my iPhone or my AirPods.

It’s nothing fancy. I haven’t felt the need to upgrade to a newer model. It does one thing and does it well. It lets me read books anytime, anywhere, without hurting my wrists or triggering my OCD when it sits unevenly in my hand like actual books tend to do.

For as long as I’ve owned it, there’s been only one complaint I’ve ever had with it – the battery life.

There’s a funny thing with battery life. Make it too short, and you are constantly worrying about charging a device. Make it too long, and you’ll notice you’re in the same boat because you forget to charge it. That’s my problem with the Kindle. The battery life is so good, I never think to charge it, so whenever I pick it up, it’s telling me the battery’s about to die.

I recently picked up an Anker wireless charging pad for my iPhone X so that I could mindlessly throw my phone behind me to charge on those nights I want to use my phone late into the wee hours. That charger happens to sit right next to where I also mindlessly throw my Kindle before bed.

The Kindle seems like the perfect device for wireless charging,. Surprisingly, Amazon hasn’t added it to any Kindle on their line, but it turns out I can.

For $13, I picked up a Qi wireless charger receiver, plugged it into my Paperwhite, and plopped my case back on it. (For those wondering, you’ll want the “Micro USB narrow-side” variant). I wasn’t sure if it would work through my case, but sure enough, it worked!

For $13, my 5-year-old Kindle now has wireless charging, and I couldn’t be happier.

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