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Which Kindle Paperwhite Is Waterproof?

Last Updated Nov 23, 2022
A woman reading on a Kindle Paperwhite near a lake

For book lovers, the Kindle Paperwhite e-reader is necessary for storing reading materials easily and conveniently. But which Kindle Paperwhite can be used safely near the pool, beach, or bath?

Kindle Paperwhite generations 4 and 5, produced beginning in 2019 and generation 10 and later, are waterproof, lightweight e-readers that are perfect for use around water.

Keep reading to learn more about which Kindle Paperwhites you can confidently use around water!

How Can I Tell Which Model Kindle Paperwhite I Have?

Knowing the year your Kindle version was released, you can tell if your Kindle Paperwhite is waterproof. Kindle Paperwhite models released beginning in 2019 are waterproof. 

However, even if you know when your Kindle Paperwhite was released, double-check the serial number to ensure it is waterproof. This is a safer option than checking it in the water!

Follow these instructions to quickly and easily check which model of Kindle Paperwhite you own: 

  1. Power on your Paperwhite using the button at the bottom. Ensure your device is charged or plugged in – if the battery icon is displayed on the screen, it needs a charge.
  2. Select the e-reader’s menu from the home screen and then touch the settings option.
  3. Touch “Device Info” to show you your device’s serial number. This will be displayed with other information, including the available storage on the e-reader.
  4. Your Paperwhite’s model is referenced in the first characters of the serial number. 
  5. Kindle Paperwhite 4 will begin with G000PP, G000T6, G000T1, G000T2, G00102, G000T3, and Kindle Paperwhite 5: G001LG, G001PX. These indicate that it’s waterproof.

If your e-reader’s serial number begins with any of the above. In that case, you can use your Paperwhite around water without being concerned that an accidental drop will ruin the device completely!

If you have a Kindle Oasis, we’ve also checked to see if that’s waterproof.

How Much Water can a Kindle Paperwhite Stand?

A Kindle Paperwhite is waterproof and water resistant. This means that even though it can withstand some aspects of water, it still can be damaged.

The Kindle Paperwhite has an IPX8 rating, meaning that it can be in up to two meters of water for an hour and saltwater for three minutes.

Ideally, this is great for a trip to the lake or beach, but don’t go and try to read while in the water. It could permanently damage your Kindle Paperwhite.

Precautions to Take Around Water With Your Kindle Paperwhite

The fourth and fifth models of the Kindle Paperwhite have been rated on a scale of resistance to water via submersion, and the results are used to determine if the device is indeed waterproof.

The Kindle Paperwhite’s water resistance test result is IPX8, which tells consumers exactly how long the device can handle being submerged in salt and freshwater.

The Kindle Paperwhite can be submerged in up to two meters of freshwater (such as a lake, river, or tap water) for up to one hour with minimal damage to the device.

However, the device’s saltwater tolerance is much lower than that of freshwater. It can only be submerged in .25 meters of salt water for up to three minutes.

Of course, you should never submerge your device in water with cleaning agents or other potentially corrosive additives. 

Kindle e-Reader Accessories and Water

Note that the Kindle Paperwhite’s waterproof rating only applies to the device itself and does not apply to any accessories, including an e-reader protection case and the device charger.

Take the following precautions to protect your accessories and associated Kindle while using them:

  • You should never submerge your device’s case in water unless you have confirmation from the manufacturer that the case will not be destroyed when submerged.
  • Be sure only to charge it in a secure location away from water. Your device will not charge if it is submerged in water.
  • Your Kindle and its electrical plug should never be used in or around water. Doing so increases the risk of a harmful electric shock to the user. 

Care of Kindle Paperwhite if it Gets Wet

Follow these steps to ensure that your Kindle Paperwhite remains in good working condition after coming into contact with water:

  • If your Kindle Paperwhite is splashed with water, simply wipe the device with a clean, dry cloth. Minimal splashes to its exterior will not cause damage to the device.
  • If your device has been submerged in water, you should remove it as quickly as possible, despite its waterproof rating, to keep it working as it should.
  • After removing your device from the water, you should take the time to wipe it down completely. The device’s exterior should be completely free of moisture.
  • Once the e-reader’s exterior is dry, set it upright with the plug on the bottom. This will allow any water to drain from the plug so it can be safely charged.
  • Make sure that no water remains in the plug area before attempting to charge next.

Following these steps will ensure you can enjoy hours of reading on your Kindle Paperwhite, even after it encounters water!

Conclusion

Kindle Paperwhites are great devices that can be safely used in various locations, including around water. 

By following these instructions and care tips, you will ensure that your device remains in good working order so you can continue to read on your Kindle Paperwhite! 

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