how to restore your Kindle if it experiences a critical battery error

The Amazon Kindle e-reader comes as a gift from tech companies, in this world of devices that merely last a few hours of active use. The Amazon Kindle, depending on the model, can last from hours to days that too in terms of active use not standby time.  I hope that this blog may be helpful for you, It’s very simple to resolve the Kindle Critical Battery issue.

However, if you are among the careless users who leave their Kindle unattended idle, here is a pro tip for you. Since the device is primarily designed for vigorous reading, the device screen does not turn off seconds after you leave it. Unlike smartphones, the device stays on until the device battery level reaches a critical point. This is when the device shifts from screensaver to sleep mode, showing the message, “kindle fire Critical Battery. Your battery is empty. To continue using your Kindle, connect to a power source” on the screen.

kindle critical battery

The Kindle doesn’t simply shut down like any other smartphone or tablet. In case you miss this notification time and your device shuts down, simply charging the device will not be enough to bring it back to life. Here is what you need to do:

Step 1

Plug your Kindle into power and leave it for some time. Connect the device to an A/C adapter and not your computer or power bank. Check to make sure the charging light is on before you leave it for hours just to come back to disappointment. When the battery is completely empty, the device doesn’t show the charging sign right away. Wait until the charging light is on.

Even when the charging light is lit, it can disconnect after a few seconds when the device battery is entirely drained. Wait a few seconds to make sure the light is steadily on. Unplug and re-plug the device into a charger if the charging light disappears.

While you should ideally come back to a restored Kindle, if the device is not fixed, you need to follow the next step.

Step 2

If you can see the Kindle Critical Battery screen even after charging the device, unplug the charger and boot the device. To do that, you need to hold the power slide to the right for at least 20 seconds. Then, release the power slide. Then press and hold the Home key for another 30 – 45 second immediately afterward.

Release the key when the Kindle screen begins to flash. This will put the e-reader to recovery mode for booting. Press and hold the R key until the screen flashes again to continue.

How to Restore Your Kindle If It Experiences a Critical Battery Error

Here’s a bonus Kindle tip for those of you who take breaks in-between reading bestsellers and sometimes leave your eReaders alone for too long. Unlike most electronic devices, when the Kindle’s battery gets dangerously low, it doesn’t automatically shut itself off. Instead, it will switch from the screensaver to a screen that reads “Kindle Critical Battery“. Your battery is empty. To continue using your Kindle, connect to a power source.” If you don’t catch this screen shortly after it’s displayed, you may find that just plugging the Kindle into an outlet won’t bring it back to normal functionality.

kindle fire critical battery

If the battery isn’t too far gone, here’s how to revive it:

  • Plug the device into the Kindle A/C adapter (not your computer) and let it charge for a few hours. Be sure the charging light is lit — sometimes a drained Kindle will stop charging a few seconds after you plug it in. Unplug and replug until the light stays on steadily, then leave it alone. Most of the time you’ll come back to a restored Kindle. If not, go on to step 2.
  • If you still see the same Critical Battery screen after charging, unplug the USB cord, then hold the power slide to the right for at least 20 seconds.
  • Release the power slide, then immediately press and hold the Home key for another 30 – 45 seconds.
  • Once the Kindle screen begins to flash, release the Home key. The eReader will boot to recovery mode. To continue, press and hold the R key until the screen flashes again.
  • After the device is finished rebooting, you may see the Critical Battery screen once more. If so, plug in the USB cord and wait for the Kindle to return to the Home screen.

If you can’t get past step 3, the battery might be too far gone. Contact Kindle customer service via phone (866-321-8851) to walk through extra troubleshooting steps. If they can’t revive it, Amazon will usually replace the eReader for free.

The best way to avoid this is to turn the Kindle off completely if you’re taking a break from reading.