OK, OK, OK, this title might be a misleading.   I don’t know how to “fix” this problem. Well, I do, but I’m not gonna open the thing up.   I did, however, discover a way to get min to start charging again.  It might work for you too.

Back in December, my Kindle Fire, 1st generation, stopped charging.  I’d plug it in but the charging light wouldn’t come on.  To get it to charge, I had to stand there jiggling the cord for what sometimes seemed like forever.

Once it started charging, I was scared to death to touch it, for fear it”d stop charging & I’d be left playing the jiggle game for another 5 or 10 minutes.

From what I’ve read, this problem happens because the USB receptacle on the Fire’s circuit board is faulty.  By some accounts it isn’t even properly soldered into place.  The the fixes involve opening the thing up & re-soldering that receptacle on manually.  Definitely above my pay grade.

OK, now for the “fix” (and I use that term lightly) I found:

  • Use the original charging cord that came with the Kindle Fire.  Or, maybe possibly, another cord.

Wait–don’t go away just yet. I know that’s lame, but I’m serious–it worked for me.

I spent MONTHS trying to get my Kindle Fire to charge.  There is nothing at all wrong with the cord I was using.  Once jiggled a few hundred times, it started working. I did notice, however, that the cord I was using was a little “loose” when connected.  Which shouldn’t happen, seeing as how mini-USB is a standard and all, but whatever.

I happened to come across (what I assume) is the original charger. It’s what, and it says “amazon” on it.  It’s possible that this cord belongs to my regular (i.e. non-Fire Kindle.)  Doesn’t matter though.  Point is, this USB plug attaches to the Kindle much more snugly.

Since I’ve started using this other other cord, my charging problems have been minimal.  I have to jiggle the cord once in a while, but when that happens, it’s only a once or twice jiggle affair.  The charging has become reliable enough that I’m comfortable disconnecting the thing before it’s become full charged, which is saying a lot.

Seriously.  I know this isn’t likely the “fix” you were looking for, but if you have the original cord, switch it it. If you don’t, try another cord.

I don’t think I’d spend money on a replacement cord if you don’t already have one.  This is, quite clearly, a manufacturing defect, and you have no way of knowing of the money you spend will do any good. But if you have a cord laying around, give it a shot.  You might be pleasantly surprised.

Good luck!