If you encounter a Kindle not charging orange light, there may be something wrong with your device.
An orange light shows that the Amazon device is charging and turns green after a few hours when your Kindle is fully charged.
If this isn’t the case, this post will help you find the cause and offer you solutions you can do on your own.
If you see orange light, but your Kindle is not charging, the most likely culprit is a loose or broken charging port. To fix the issue, solder the port back to its original position. If this does not help, contact customer support or look for an electronic device repair shop.
You may need to leave your Kindle charging for 3-4 hours before fully charging. If the orange light is still on, leave your device to charge for another hour.
Other things may cause the error, such as a depleted battery or damaged charging cables.
When in good working condition, your Kindle can last for a day and stay in standby mode for a week.
If your Kindle doesn’t charge, it could be one of the reasons below.
In most cases, your Kindle will charge for a long time if it has a drained battery. Sometimes, a depleted Kindle will not charge for a few seconds after you plug it in.
Unplug and replug until the orange light stays ON. Then, let your device charge for a few hours.
Damaged Charging Cables
If your Kindle does not charge, test the power cable on another device to ensure it is not the problem.
If the charging cables are damaged, repair or replace them with a new one. If they are broken, buy another one or take them to a repair shop.
Obstruction in Charging Port
If there is an obstruction in the charging port, your Kindle won’t charge as well.
You need to suck out moisture, dust, and other debris in this case. Make sure the port enclosure is clear. If cleaning the port does not work, replace it.
Your Kindle should not take more than 5 hours to charge. But, if there is something wrong with the battery itself, your device may not charge at the preferred rate.
You may see the Critical Battery error message or the drained battery icon. Connect it to a power outlet, then let it charge for at least 30 minutes. Finally, test your device again.
In most cases, your Kindle will begin working and charging again if you let it charge for some time. If that doesn’t work, you may try the solutions below.
If you see Kindle orange light but not charging, you can try the list of solutions below and check which one works.
You must understand the cause of the issue to take appropriate action.
Solution #1: Pull the Charger Out of the Socket and Plug it Back In
If the orange light shows up, but your Kindle is not charging, pull the charger out of the power outlet and plug it again.
You may need to do this several times, especially if your Kindle is old or if the USB jack is loose.
- If the jack is loose, give it a little pressure.
- If this doesn’t work, repair the cable or replace it with another.
- If it is broken, buy a new one or take it to the repair shop.
Note: If the issue persists, make sure your cable matches your device. You may also try using it with other devices to see if they work and warm the USB jack.
Solution #2: Check for Damaged Charging Cables
Damaged charging cables can also cause your Kindle not to charge. After testing the adapter, try the USB cable that connects to your charger.
Note: All charging cables are the same. You can interchange them with other devices and see if this gets your Kindle to charge.
You’ll know that the problem is with the cable if it does.
Solution #3: Leave Your Kindle Alone When Charging
Since the battery is the most likely culprit your Kindle device is not charging, it is best to leave it when charging.
This is only one of the many things you can do to extend your device’s battery life.
- Recharge your Kindle when half of the battery is depleted.
- Take off the charger before the battery hits 100 percent.
Note: Keep the battery sensor calibrated by allowing the device to run down to the point you see the plug-it-in warning once in a while.
Solution #4: Clean the USB Charging Port
Lint, dust, and debris can clog the charging port and cause it to stop working. Clean the charging port with a can of compressed air or bulb syringe.
Here’s what you should do to clean it.
- Turn OFF your device.
- Wrap small cotton at the end of the toothpick.
- Blast a few bursts and see if any dust falls out.
- Scrape the head of the cotton-covered toothpick around the port’s inner edges.
- Use a small amount of isopropyl alcohol as needed.
Note: Make sure you hold the bulb syringe or compressed air can in an upright position to avoid water getting inside the port.
Solution #5: Charge Your Kindle Overnight
If the cause of the issue is synchronization, you may need to charge your Kindle overnight.
The battery is not in sync when you use the Kindle, and the battery life decreases slowly. However, the rest of the battery reduces quickly when the device is idle.
- Plugin your Kindle into a power supply and close it off.
- Leave the Kindle to charge overnight.
- Don’t touch any button.
- In the morning, unplug the device and open it.
- Use your Kindle until 15%, close it, and then charge it again.
Note: If this works, you will see your Kindle battery is now steady and shows no abnormality.
Solution #6: Reboot Your Kindle
If none of those earlier resolutions fix the issue, your last resort is to reboot your Kindle. A reboot will usually take 2 minutes.
- Press and hold the power button up until the screen goes blank.
- Keep holding it for 40 seconds, then release it.
After a few seconds, the orange indicator light will appear, and the device will reboot.
If your Kindle device shows orange light but is not charging, there may be charging cables and port problems. Check the wires for damages and make sure the port is clean. If you find broken wires, replace them with a new one. If you see debris on the charging port, clear them.
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If you encounter a Kindle not charging orange light issue, this post will help you understand the root cause of the charging problem and offer you solutions to fix it.
If the problem involves a broken or damaged part of the charging equipment, you need to exchange them with new ones or take them to the repair shop.
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Kevin has over five years of experience working in various Tech startups and providing Technical solutions. He has contributed to many Tech publications and websites.