Although this may really be a Helproom matter, it is more just a chat among friends!
My fourteen month old Kindle is becoming a bit temperamental (battery charging problems,).
The cost of a repair is not really a sensible spend, so do I go for a new Kindle, on spend my Christmas money on a tablet of similar size which may not be quite as functional as an e-book reader, but would offer additional facilities?
Try a hard reset as that is known to 'cure' some charging problems. Hold slide switch across for 30 seconds and then release. It should go through a 'rebuilding' cycle which takes some time and then put it back on charge.
I wouldn't bother with a tablet, as they're not as easy on the eye when reading for long periods.
Also their fancy colour screens and background processes really use a huge amount of power, so you're unlikely to get more than 8 hours away from the charger.
How do you charge your kindle? I only got a USB lead with mine as it was a refurb unit (with full warranty), I've noticed that a charge from my home laptop takes longer, and doesn't last as long, as a charge from my partner's kindle mains plug.
It may be worth getting a mains Micro-USB phone charger from one of the profusion of phone accessory vendors on your local market...
Simple micro USB cable, same way as I charge my wife's. I would have expected problems with this to show up before now, and also to affect other devices charged the same way, like tablets and phones.
"It might be worth trying someone else's, "
I've tried my wife's which makes no difference.
"Try a hard reset as that is known to 'cure' some charging problems. "
That's how I know there is a problem. Even with a battery showing a full charge (both the icon and the charging light) a "hard reset" is the only way it will switch on. When it does all settings are lost, and have to redo them all, to say nothing of having to find your place in half a dozen books, is most frustrating.