Kobo Aura H20: Cool-Off this Summer with a Water-Friendly E-Reader

A new e-reader is always good news for those who love to read. But one of the most recent to hit the market is making a huge splash – but nobody’s electronics are getting drenched in the process. Just in time for beach and swimming pool season – or heading off to go kayaking in the mountains or canoeing on a lake somewhere in between – Kobo has upgraded its waterproof e-reader. Their timing for the release is perfect. Now is when everyone is downloading their beach-books and those novels that pair so well with poolside umbrella drinks. Or they are trying to figure out how to carry an e-reader with them on a waterfall hike in the wilderness, without putting it at risk.

The New Kobo Aura H20

Sensitive gadgets and water just do not play well together, but back in 2014 Kobo changed all that by introducing the Kobo Aura H20, the world’s first water-resistant e-reader. Now the Canadian company with a global market has announced that a more advanced version is available. In early May, 2017, Kobo issued a press release that described the new Aura H20 as available in sleek black with a suggested retail price of less than $200.

Cool Features for Hot Weather Recreation

Highlights of the new model include exceptional ease of reading, even in direct sunlight, thanks to anti-glare technology – plus a ComfortLight PRO feature endorsed by some sleep laboratory researchers. ComfortLight PRO reduces light in the blue spectrum, so that reading at night before bed will have a reduced adverse impact on your sleep. That’s not only easy on your eyes, but can boost your overall health and well-being and help you sleep better and wake up more refreshed.

Hitting Retail Shelves Near You Now

You can shop for the new Aura H20 at Kobo (www.kobo.com) and at select retailers starting May 22nd. Preorders will start processing even earlier, around May 15th. The e-reader will sell to customers around the world, including those in Canada, the U.S.A., the UK, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Spain, Belgium, Switzerland, Japan, and Turkey. By June it will show up on shelves in Sweden, and by July it will be available in Australia, New Zealand, and the Philippines. Later this year it should be in markets across Brazil and Mexico, as well.

How Waterproof is “Waterproof?”

The manufacturer says that the device is waterproofed for no-worry reading near water. In fact, a special coating technology applied to the device’s interior allows it to be fully submerged without the need for port covers. But readers always wonder what exactly marketers mean when they say “water resistant” or “waterproof.” That’s a good question to ask, and Kobo answers it loud and clear, by saying that this new e-reader meets the technical requirements of a IPX8 rating. What that means in user-friendly language is that the device has been tested and found to be waterproof for up to one whole hour, while submerged in as much as two metres of water – which is about six feet under.

Protection from Spills or Deep-Water Drops

Of course, most readers won’t dive underwater to read a novel for an hour, although you could certainly conduct that kind of experiment if you have the right training and SCUBA gear. But that stellar IPX8 rating does reassure anyone who is afraid they might drop their e-reader in the water or splash water on it by accident. If you have ever dropped expensive but delicate computer gadgets and mobile devices in water, you know what an excruciating experience that can be. With the new Aura H20 you basically have a technological solution that acts like an insurance policy to protect you from that kind of catastrophe.

It’s Not a One-Trick Pony

Sure, you can purchase water-resistant protective covers for virtually any e-reader device, without splashing out for a whole new gadget. But the Kobo Aura H20 is not a one-hit wonder with just one trick or selling point in its repertoire. Other notable features include 8GB of storage, which is enough to hold about 6,000 e-books…plus extended battery life and a fast computer processer for fast, easy page turns. Choose from 50 font sizes and 11 font types, and also customize the margins, highlight passages, scribble notes, or search for word definitions in a built-in dictionary. All of these cool features are touchscreen activated, too, for added convenience and an overall elegant reader experience.

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Tips for Saving eReader Battery Power

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eReaders are amazingly convenient, portable, and useful. But they are, of course, based on electrical circuitry like so many of today’s innovative digital technology gadgets. That means that you need to have a steady source of that juice, either by plugging the e-reader gadget into an electrical outlet or by charging it with some kind of other device. But it can also help if you know a few tips and tricks to reduce how much energy the device uses. That way you can help conserve its power and enable it to stay charged for longer periods of time in between recharging it.

To help with all of that, here are some useful tips about saving e-reader power, plus some insight into how to shop for portable battery chargers.


Features that Consume Lots of Juice

To help figure out how to save electrical power, it is handy to know which kinds of activities or features on an e-reader use up the most electricity the fastest. Some of the major energy-drainers are videos, apps, streaming Internet content, video game playing, and the use of Bluetooth…even if it is to connect a wireless keyboard. How bright you set you screen is another, because it is basically just a light that stays on the whole time you read. So if it does not sacrifice eye comfort and page visibility, consider lowering the brightness level setting on your device.


Turn Off All the Apps You Don’t Use

Oftentimes you may use an app and then switch to some other activity on the device – like checking email or reading. But unless you turn off each app you start after you are finished using it, the app continues to run in the background. That can eat up lots of your battery charge. One way to be sure they are turned off is to just turn off your device and then reboot it. That should clear off all the energy using apps and give you a fresh start.


Portable Power

Regardless of what kind of e-reader device you use, whether it’s a Kindle, a Kobo, a tablet, an iPad, a laptop, or some other gadget, portable power is convenient. That way, even if you are consuming lots of power, you’ll have a reliable source of back-up energy to recharge your e-reader. But it’s important to realize that to get a faster charge, and have more power stored and ready to use, you need a portable charger with larger storage capacity.


How to Measure Battery Pack Power

The way that this capability is measured in in units called “mAh” which stands for milliampere hour. Electricity measurement can be very technical, but you don’t have to worry about all that. The main thing to understand is that the more mAh a unit has, the longer it can hold a charge and the more charging power it will have before its battery needs recharging. Smaller power packs may have 2,000 mAh ratings, while bigger ones have ten times that much. But as usual, the more power you want, the more the units will usually cost.


Price Comparisons for Portable Battery Chargers

There are power packs for around $20 that can recharge a smartphone over several hours, or they can “top-off” a gadget that is not at 100% power. But the smaller units drain their own energy faster before they, too, need recharging. For those who can afford the investment to buy a more powerful charger, it can pay you back with added convenience when you need a faster or stronger recharge. The company named Anker is a good example. Anker is one of the leading brands when it comes to portable chargers, and they typically offer high-quality products in sizes and models to fit many budgets and preferences.


Two Solid Recommendations

Anker also makes at least two rather powerful portable chargers that are highly recommended and get consistently high customer satisfaction ratings. The Anker PowerCore+ 10050 Premium Aluminum Portable Charger with Qualcomm Quick Charge delivers 10,050 mAh, and it also comes with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology…for faster recharging. You can find it for around $35 at stores including Amazon.com that sell computer and smartphone electronics and accessories. To double that capacity, the Anker PowerCore+26800 Premium Portable Charger is a fine solution. For about $80 it offers 26,800 mAh, Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology, and has built-in multiple charging ports. That way you can charge more than one device at a time.


Other Helpful Tips

There may some less reputable manufacturers that do not list accurate mAh numbers – or those that inflate them unrealistically. Before you invest in a charger, it’s always a good idea to read online reviews written by actual customers or unbiased experts. To do that on Amazon, filter the reviews posted using the filtering option, so that the only ones displayed are ones posted by “Verified Purchase” only. Decide how much power you need and what your budget for a portable charger is, and then shop around to find something that will work for you.