16 Replies Latest reply on Oct 21, 2014 9:23 AM by bradk2

    Nook color battery question

      Ok there's been much discussion about the battery life of the nook color, but I see nothing about the battery itself.

       

      With my current nook, I can buy a battery if I need extra time between charges.  Is this possible for the nook color and is the battery user changeable?  I don't see anything about this on the website.

       

      EDIT:  Stupid me, I just found out it isn't.  Well, I don't like that at all.  Might have to re-think things.

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          DogStreetBookGuy

          So, is the battery user replaceable? That is a feature of the Nook that I love, and that gives it a leg up on the Kindle. 

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            It will be interesting to see why it is not user replaceable.

             

            1. Same removable back, but battery is soldered or some such silliness.

             

            2. They simply refuse to sell batteries.

             

            3. Back is not removable, and microSD card is inserted in a much more user-friendly way (like most phones).

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                hopefully they have after market batteries that you can put in, and that have extended battery life.

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                  Technologirl wrote:

                  It will be interesting to see why it is not user replaceable.

                   

                  1. Same removable back, but battery is soldered or some such silliness.

                   

                  2. They simply refuse to sell batteries.

                   

                  3. Back is not removable, and microSD card is inserted in a much more user-friendly way (like most phones).


                  I do like that about the microSD, but among many reasons I chose a nook in the first place was the user-replaceable battery.  I don't like the idea of something so simple and basic being the reason I have to send in or even trade in a product I've bought.  Ugh.

                   

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                    I love my nook but it has a tendancy to freeze up and I have to take off the backk, remove the battery and then recharge the nook. I even took it back to B&N and they reformatted my Nook but it still has a tendancy to lock up. Has the problem been fixed in the nook color?

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                    gstone

                    deemure wrote:

                    Ok there's been much discussion about the battery life of the nook color, but I see nothing about the battery itself.

                     

                    With my current nook, I can buy a battery if I need extra time between charges.  Is this possible for the nook color and is the battery user changeable?  I don't see anything about this on the website.

                     

                    EDIT:  Stupid me, I just found out it isn't.  Well, I don't like that at all.  Might have to re-think things.


                     

                    You can probably get an external battery charger for the NOOK Color for extending the battery life. I have one from Newtrent that will recharge my NOOK about 4 times before it needs recharging itself. It can also be used to run the NOOK. It's a l little smaller than a pack of cigarettes. I use the USB cable that came with the NOOK to connect the two.

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                      NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                      I had all money for Christmas presents set aside last year to get a Kindle for my family and some friends and then they came out without a user changeable battery. I was heartbroken. I will NOT succomb to the IPOD model of life in which you don't actually own your own technology, but just buy it until the battery dies, send it back and then get the next one on line (yours..........not yours) with a battery.  I HATE this. I specifically bought a NOOK last Christmas as it was the only good eReader out there with a user changeable battery.

                       

                      Why didn't they at leat give us a choice? I would happily do without color or backlighting (which is worse for your eyes when reading then eINK) and stay with my current model with some updated organization.

                       

                      WHY DID YOU DO THIS???????  B&N, you've lost my business for new eReaders.

                       

                      Suze

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                        This question is probably somewhere in this thread, but I'll ask again anyway. Should I keep the USB charging unit connected to the NC when I'm not using it, even if the battery charge is high? It does seem to run down quickly and I'm not an hours at a time reader. I do turn off the wi-fi while reading. Thanks...:smileyhappy:

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                            I too am awaiting a resolution to this issue of battery replacement.  I agree that this is not a disposable item.  avoiding this issue is only going to lead to more lost sales. Probably mine.:smileysad:

                             

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                                Customer service responded to my email concerning lack of out of warranty battery replacement service and requested I call Digital Support at 800-THE-BOOK. I recounted concerns that an errant customer allowing the battery to completely drain and not immediately recharge is a likely event for many people and has been shown to damage a battery. (I've killed a few batteries this way as I use NiCd, NiMH, and LiION all the time). I've find batteries vary a lot in their overall lifetime. As a customer, I would gladly SHARE the risk with B&N by paying $59-$79 for out of warranty battery replacement. The Digital Support Technician told me that the battery is permanently mounted as part of the device, that protection plan action on the battery is replacement of the WHOLE DEVICE vice the battery He said there are as yet no plans to offer this service, but that they are getting feedback from customers like me who are indicating they are returning their devices and are "evaluating" these concerns.
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                              Buying a Nook Color is the most stupid thing I've ever done. Bought it in Dec 2010, after two weeks charger failed. Talked to 15 customer rep in a span of 1 month and didnt get the replacement until first week of March. After a month, it wont charge again although the cable is lit. Called Customer Service again and was promised for a replacement within 2-3 business days. I am not hoding on to that promise because that's how it all started when I first asked for help the first time.

                               

                              there goes my $$$ and buying the extended warranty is adding insult to injury.

                               

                              i will NEVER recommend this crap to anyone.

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                                bradk2

                                You can find replacement batteries on ebay.com, some include tools needed to replace the battery.

                                 

                                I did this. I do not recommend it for the faint of heart. The case is interesting to open, and requires removing a round dozen screws in two layers. I worked with a 10x eye loop to see the screws and tool, and get the tool in use.

                                 

                                The tool I needed for the screws was a hex/spline tool -- about 6 sizes smaller than the smallest such tool sold at Lowe's. The screws were tiny, hardly bigger than a speck of dirt. Seriously, about a size (just guessing) #0000, judging by the size of my #0 Phillips screwdriver. Teeny tiny, and the screws, need to be pulled from the internal, second 'stage' of the case (10 of them).

                                 

                                The three internal connectors (one is for the battery) are covered with glued-on foam padding, to prevent vibration or knocking about from disconnecting something --- and have to be lifted off. With something hooked, but smaller than a piece of baling wire (don't ask -- I had to hammer it a bit to make it thin enough to hook under). Getting the connectors hooked up again (again using the magnifier to see what is happening) is straight forward, but the wires are stiff enough and the access hole small enough to be -- irritating? challenging?  And the battery I got was dead on arrival, so I got to repeat the whole procedure to put the original battery back.

                                 

                                NewPower99.com has a video on YouTube that demonstrates changing the battery, and they sell a replacement battery, too.