Kindle Keyboard Battery Replacement Tutorial

The Kindle Keyboard is one of the oldest Kindles made my Amazon. Because of this, the main problem you will run into is a poor battery life. Replacing the battery on a Kindle Keyboard is fairly easy.

You will need the following:

Here are the basic steps.

  • Remove the back cover using a pry tool
  • Unscrew the two screws that hold the battery using a Philips #00 screwdriver or equivalent tip
  • Lift out the battery and replacing it with the new one
  • Reassemble the Kindle

Read further for a more detailed guide with photos for each step.

How to Replace a Kindle Keyboard Battery

Using a plastic pry tool, insert it in between the edge of the back cover and the Kindle frame to remove the back cover.

Do not pry on the page turn keys, or you will damage them. Do not Insert the pry tool too far or you could damage the flex cables.

Once you have loosened enough of the back cover, use your fingers to pry cover loose. You might have to apply a bit of pressure, but the back is stronger than you would think.

Using a Phillips #00 screwdriver remove the 2 screws securing the battery.

Then lift up on the battery to remove it. There will be two washers beneath the battery by the screw holes. Make sure they are still there when you install the new battery.

Kindle Keyboard Battery Washer Placement 2

To install the new battery, insert the bottom of it first and then put the battery in place.

When reinstalling the back cover to reassemble the Kindle, insert the bottom first and then press it in along the sides and top.

That’s it. Your Kindle should be ready to go. If for some reason it doesn’t work, try doing a hard reset by pressing the power button for forty seconds. That often fixes any problems it might have.

Let us know if you tried this tutorial and how it went.

21 comments

  1. Mary Cassidy

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    replaced the battery and stll no power after charging it – now what? Please help!

  2. Tim S

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    Instructions and battery replacement worked like a charm. Thank you!

  3. Jim T

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    Instructions were great. Quick and easy battery replacement once I realized the back is not fragile. Thanks!

  4. KRP Team

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    You’re welcome! Glad to help you get your Kindle up and running again.

  5. J

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    Hi, new battery didn’t work for me. Could be a broken screen though.

    • KRP Team

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      I am sorry you are having problems with your Kindle. Does the image on your screen look distorted at all?

  6. Steve Malutich

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    Hello. Tutorial worked well, thank you! Took me a little while to get a tool in to the crack in the back cover to finally get it off, but once I got it started, it went well. Glad you warned to not pry near the page turn keys. I did break one of the pry tools provided – one of the ones with the handles – solid handle, not fluted. I could send a picture if that helps. Might I get a replacement for that tool. Thank you!

  7. Honsell

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    I don’t remember how long since I bought my Kindle Keyboard but it was one of the first ones. That would be 6+ ? years. Today I replaced the battery but it did nothing. I charged the battery 2 hours and the green light came on. I held the start button for a minute. Nothing. Called Kindle, they said they didn’t see that I had even a Kindle Keyboard reader. Checked battery voltage, 4+V. Can anyone help me>>>

    • KRP Team

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      Hi. Do you know if the Kindle was working before you put the new battery in? It might not be a battery issue.

  8. Honsell

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    Yes it worked perfectly. I was extremely careful with the replacement. I even put the old battery back in but nothing. I called Kindle but they don’t even show I ever had a Kindle Keyboard. Thank you for your comments. Any more?

    • KRP Team

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      Hi. Just to clarify, are you saying that when you put the old battery back in, it still didn’t work? If so, then something must have happened to your Kindle during the repair process, and a new battery wouldn’t fix it anymore. I wouldn’t be able to say what is wrong with it, without looking at it myself.

  9. Adele Brown

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    It did not work with new battery. Held again for 40 Sec. Still not working. Now what?

  10. Alan Kemp

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    Easy to follow and worked like a charm. Charged up in no time. Thanks for the fast despatch too! USA to New Zealand standard post, less than 3 weeks. Cheers, Alan

  11. John

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    The 20 second reset didn’t work for me so I searched and found a fix. With the Kindle’s back still open and the USB plugged in, there are two jumpers you have to short out and then press the page forward button and the Kindle screen came back. Proceed at your own risk..

    To find the jumpers, use a magnifying glass and look at the circuit board just above the on/off switch. You will see “RESET” printed on the board. Their are two square pins (boxes) right next to the RESET letters. Take a small screwdriver that’s end can span between the two pins, and touch the two pins simultaneously. Then press one of the next page buttons.

    • Ed

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      Thanks for the reset idea John, but our Kindle keyboard had a black button. My new battery is now recognized and the ? on the battery now gone. Eveything looks good

  12. PAULA VENTURA

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    I am a (young) 73 years old woman, found my old kindle tried to charge it up again but was unable to. Went looking on the internet came across this site and decided to give it a try. Well it worked perfectly, followed the directions and as mentioned was very hesitant to pull the back off but eventually did, there are little pieces that actually pop together. Don’t be afraid. !
    So anyway replaced it per video, plugged it in and voila, I have my old kindle back. The only fault I had was getting that first pry going, the utensils were not that great but the screwdrivers were perfect.

    Thank you

  13. Honsell

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    Hey Paula,

    I am a 79 year old retired veteran and student of life. (Kindergarten it seems…..) Well, I put my kindle keyboard reader back together with new battery carefully but I must have done something wrong. It never worked again. I couldn’t sync it to Kindle. They had no record of it.Then a line appeared on the screen. (I guess the screen isn’t flexible). Sadly, I let it go and now do all my reading on a Kindle Paper White. Same quality and readability. But the keyboard one served my needs for many years. Now it’s the Kindle Paper White.

    I don’t doubt that your Kindle Keyboard Reader will out last both of us. Congratulations on your successful repair!

    Thank you for your comments and lease forgive my late reply.

    Honsell Thompson

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