kindle fire won't charge past 1 percent

Kindle Fire won’t charge past 1 percent, and you don’t know what to do?

Kindle Fire unites the great features of Kindle and the Fire system, delivering the ultimate digital reader.

But, sometimes, it won’t charge due to hardware or software issues, forcing you to try all types of methods!

To make your Kindle go back to charging past 1 percent, you will need to check if all the charging components are okay: the cable, the charging port, and even the outlet or PC being used.

Try all the solutions below to get your Kindle Fire back to work!

Kindle Fire Won’t Charge Past 1 Percent – 9 Solutions!

Charging issues with Kindle Fire is common but easy to fix!

Solution #1: Try Charging In The Vertical Position

kindle fire won't charge past 1 percent

Perhaps you were not expecting this type of solution, but it turns out that many users have tested and approved of it.

It works because something is not quite right with your device’s battery, charging port, or any other hardware component. 

The method is very simple:

  1. Put your Kindle Fire in the vertical position in a way the charging port is on top.
  2. Connect the charging cable to it.
  3. Check if the battery charges more than 1 percent

Although this might be annoying every time, remember that your Kindle doesn’t need to charge very often. 

Note: Is your Kindle still under warranty? If it can only charge this way, you should contact Amazon and request a replacement or technical assistance.

Solution #2: Verify The Charging Cable

verifying the charging cable

If the first solution just discussed haven’t worked, the issue might lie in the charging cable.

Although the Kindle charges via USB, and you would want to use any available USB cable, that might lead to disappointments sometimes. 

That’s because:

  • There are many USB standards manufactured over the years, and not all standards are optimal for charging.
  • A fine USB-charging cable should recognize the exact charge your device needs. However, not all brands manufacture cables to do that.
  • Thus, it would be best if you had an appropriate USB cable.

What To Do?

First, you should always try to charge using the cable that came in the Kindle package.

If the Kindle is not charging when you use that cable, perhaps the cable is damaged. 


  • Grab your phone’s cable (as long as it is a trustable brand) and try to charge your Kindle.
  • Alternatively, reach the Amazon site and buy a replacement for the official Kindle USB cable.

You should note that the official Kindle cable is required whenever you want to transfer data between your computer and the Kindle.

Thus, replacing the original cable is necessary!

Alert: Don’t try using untrustworthy USB cables. They might damage internal hardware because the voltage is incorrect.

Solution #3: Check For Dust On The Charging Port

checking for dust on the charging port

Fire tablet won’t charge past 1? If you’ve already had the Kindle Fire or Fire Tablet for a while, you should be aware that the charging port can accumulate dust.

That certainly depends on how well you take care of your device.

You should do the following if you live in a place where dust accumulates easily:

  1. Turn the device off.
  2. Use an anti-static brush to clean away all dust from the charging port.
  3. Use some isopropyl alcohol to clean the device, including the charging port.
  4. Let it dry, and try to charge it again.

Anti-static brush and isopropyl alcohol are the official items you need whenever you want to get a device back on its feet by cleaning.

You will make your devices last longer if you use the method outlined above once in a while!

Alert: When cleaning with isopropyl alcohol, ensure it doesn’t touch your skin. That component is corrosive when touching organic surfaces.

Solution #4: Replace The Battery

replace the battery

Perhaps your Kindle Fire can’t charge past 1 percent because your battery is no longer good.

That can happen because you haven’t taken good care of the device or had bad luck. 

If your warranty is expired, but you wish to keep your Kindle Fire, here is what you need to do:

  1. Go to the Amazon site and buy a replacement battery (you can find it there).
  2. Disassemble your Kindle Fire or Fire Tablet very carefully with the tool that comes with the battery.
  3. If there is any dust inside the device, take this chance to clean it
  4. Disconnect the old battery.
  5. Connect the new battery.
  6. Reassemble the device.

After that, try charging your Fire device again. It should charge past 1 percent.

Note: We’ve already mentioned the anti-static brush. You should use that same brush when cleaning dust inside the device!

Solution #5: Change The Charging Mode/Restart

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If your device hasn’t shut down completely yet, you can try restarting its system.

There is a small chance that the issue you are facing is software-related, so restarting should eliminate it.

  1. Turn the Kindle’s screen on.
  2. Swipe down to locate the power options.
  3. Tap the power button.
  4. Select “Restart.”

Some users complain that their Kindle doesn’t switch the charging mode automatically or doesn’t go into “USB Mode.”

That might be the reason your Kindle can’t charge. The charging mode will be reset by restarting the device.

Solution #6: Try Charging Through Your Computer

trying charging through your computer

Is your Kindle Fire new? Perhaps its model or charger is only designed to charge from your computer’s USB port.

That might sound weird, but it is worth trying. After all, the voltage that comes out of your PC’s USB port and out of outlets varies greatly.

Depending on the configurations, you would fry your Kindle with an outlet’s energy.

  1. Find a USB cable proper for PC connectivity and can regulate the charge that enters your Kindle.
  2. Use it to connect the Kindle and computer.
  3. Check if anything changes.
Alert: Moreover, Kindles generally should not be charged using a regular outlet. That’s because the battery has more chances of lasting less each time. 

Solution #7: Check For Updates

checking for updates

Sometimes, there is an incompatibility between the data your device receives through Wi-Fi and its current software version.

That might cause some glitches, like being unable to charge correctly. 

So let’s do the following:

  1. Swipe down from the top of the device.
  2. Select “More.”
  3. Choose “Device.”
  4. Locate the “System” options.
  5. Verify the current software version.
  6. Click on “Check For Updates.”

If a new update is available, tap it to install it and wait a while. However, you might want to go to Solution #8 if no update is available.

Solution #8: Factory Reset The Device

factory resetting the device

Do you want to try a factory reset to eliminate the issue? Remember that all your data will be wiped out.

If you have files not synced to the Amazon account, you might want to back up them on your computer. 

  1. Swipe down from the top of the device.
  2. Select “More.”
  3. Choose “Device.”
  4. Click on “Reset to Factory Defaults.”

After resetting, you should be able to log back in with your Amazon account and get all your content back.

Solution #9: Fix The Charging Port

fixing the charging port

Instead of the battery, the issue could lie in the charging port. Perhaps you’ve already tried cleaning it, but the issue is not only dust.

Rather, you will need to replace or fix the charging port. That requires a bit of patience and also manual skills. 

If you want to face the task, you need the following:

  • #00 Philips Head Screwdriver
  • Plastic Pry Tool
  • 60/40 Rosin Core Solder
  • 30 Watt Soldering Iron with Fine Point Tip
  • Magnifying Glass Station
  • Solder Vacuum
  • New USB Port (you can buy it on Amazon)

How To Replace The Port

replacing the port

Do you have all the necessary tools? Then do the following:

  1. Use the plastic pry tool to open the Kindle (do it very gently).
  2. Locate the motherboard and disconnect it entirely.
  3. Release the USB port using the soldering iron (if necessary).
  4. Place some solder on the connection points for the new USB port.
  5. Solder the new USB port into place.
  6. Reassemble the motherboard.

You must be careful with the soldering iron when performing the above steps. You don’t want to burn yourself or damage important components.

Quick Recap

When your Kindle Fire won’t charge past 1 percent, that could indicate different issues.

The most drastic action you could take is to replace the battery, which is not expensive or hard.

But before doing that, you should verify all the alternatives we’ve laid down above.