Amazon has been launching Kindles that have protection against water since 2017, but this isn’t a feature available on all models of its e-readers.
Kindle e-readers are available in several different models, and while there are numerous features that set them apart, one major distinguishing factor is waterproofing. Waterproofing, or more accurately, water resistance, is a feature that is increasingly common on modern devices. Smartphones, smartwatches, and earbuds often have a degree of water resistance that allows them to survive splashes or even immersion in water.
The current Kindle lineup is made up of five models. They are the base model Kindle, which is also known as the All-new Kindle, the Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition, Kindle Oasis, and Kindle Scribe. Of all five, only three are described as waterproof by Amazon; although they are actually not waterproof but water-resistant. However, their water resistance rating allows them to survive full — albeit accidental — immersion in water for a short period of time without damage.
Waterproof Kindles Should Still Be Cared For
The first Kindle with water resistance was the Kindle Oasis (9th Generation) released in 2017, ten years after the first Kindle e-reader was announced. The Kindle Oasis (10th Generation), which was released in 2019 and is the most recent iteration, is also water-resistant. It has an IPX8 rating, and according to Amazon, it will survive immersion in 2.0 meters of fresh water for 60 minutes and 0.25 meters of seawater for 3 minutes. Alongside the Kindle Oasis (9th and 10th Generation), the Kindle Paperwhite (10th Generation released in 2019 and 11th Generation released in 2021) is also rated IPX8.
The IPX8 water resistance rating also extends to the Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition and the Kindle Paperwhite Kids. Unfortunately, the entry-level Kindle and the top-of-the-line stylus-toting Kindle Scribe are not water-resistant. Owners of water-resistant Kindle e-readers can use their devices in places where they can be exposed to water such as by the poolside, in the bathroom, or at the beach. However, there are still circumstances in which they can be damaged by water.
For starters, intentional immersion in any type of water or liquid should be avoided. Owners are also advised not to expose their e-readers to high-velocity or pressurized water as well as liquids such as oils and lotions. Also, when a Kindle has been exposed to water, users should immediately unplug it if it is connected to a power source. If the source of liquid is not fresh water, the device should be rinsed under a tap. The next step is to dry the device with a soft cloth and keep it upright so that water can drain out through the USB port. Do not attempt to dry a Kindle with a heat source such as a hairdryer, as it can damage the device.