I used to think my Amazon Kindle was a SuperStar! Then the Kindle DX crashed my party, and I swore I’d never buy another Kindle — and I have not. I read Kindle books on my iPhone and on my delightful iPad. I like a bright, backlit, screen because I spend a lot of time in dark places like theatres and dank basements and editing rooms and recording bays — so the Kindle’s need for direct light in order to be read is a real problem for me — especially eyes age and the need for greater illumination grows. I still use my Kindle to occasionally browse the sale rack on Amazon, and that means I have to infrequently recharge my Kindle. The other day, when I plugged my Kindle in to the Amazon power source shown in the image below, I got a mild tingling in my fingers: My Kindle electroshocked me! My eyes rolled back into my head as I shook off the bite.
As I recovered from the annoying sensation of sticking my finger into a live outlet, I looked down to discover my Kindle 2 charging wire was disintegrating before my eyes!
The rubber coating over the wires had become brittle. Just picking up the wire resulted in a multiplicity of new cracks and bits of rubber flaking off to the floor.
I wondered how long the Amazon Kindle cable had been rotting? I checked the power cables for my iPhone and iPad — they were in fine shape.
Then I checked all the power cords in our home to make sure they weren’t suffering the same fate as my Amazon Kindle power cord. All other cords in the house checked out in good condition.
I urge you to check your Amazon Kindle charging cord for breaks and cracking. If you don’t see any signs cracks or flaking, pick up the cord and gently bend it a bit — any good power cord can tolerate lots of bends without breaking — and if you see a new break, or if you feel any uncommon resistance to your effort to bend the cord: Beware! You, too, could be in for the unexpected Amazon Kindle “electroshock therapy” of a lifetime!