When Amazon unveiled the new 7-inch Kindle Oasis this past week, one of the key new details highlighted a lot is the fact that it’s waterproof.
While Waterfi Kindle Paperwhites have been available for the past several years, the new Oasis is technically the first waterproof Kindle that Amazon has released.
Like Kobo’s waterproof ereaders, the new Kindle Oasis is IPX8 rated, meaning it can survive being submerged in up to 2 meters of water for up to 60 minutes.
That’s kind of a vague definition but that’s the general standard for an IPX8 rated device.
Amazon has a page on their website with more details about how waterproof the new Kindle Oasis is, and what to do to reduce the chances of water damage.
Technically they say it can withstand being submerged in 2 meters of fresh water, and they recommend taking some extra precautions if it ever gets dropped in a hot tub, bath tub, a swimming pool, in ocean water, etc.
Here’s an interesting quote:
If your Kindle is immersed in salt water, chlorinated water, soapy water, or liquids other than fresh water, make sure you rinse that liquid out of the device with fresh water such as cold tap water. Then dry your Kindle.
Here’s more about how to properly dry the Kindle:
To dry your Kindle, let the water drain out through the micro-USB port, gently tapping the side of the device as necessary. We recommend you also let your Kindle dry fully in a well-ventilated location, with it standing upright so that any excess water can continue to drain from the micro-USB port.
They go on to say not to use any kind of heat source such as a hair dryer to dry it, and not to jab anything into the USB port to try and soak up the liquid.
Another thing it says on the page is to avoid steam rooms and other extremely humid environments, so keep it away from saunas.
The user manual (PDF) for the Kindle Oasis offers some additional advice, saying not to intentionally immerse the Kindle in water or expose it to seawater, salt water, chlorinated water, or other liquids. It says the Kindle is not intended for underwater use and it might experience temporary effects from exposure to water.
The user guide also notes that the waterproofing of the Kindle Oasis may be compromised if you drop or otherwise damage the device.
Another thing you might not have noticed is the fact that Amazon is offering water-safe covers for the new Kindle Oasis. They’re textured fabric and come in three colors. Amazon defines “water-safe” as being able to withstand brief accidental exposure to water without resulting in cosmetic damage to the cover. They’re also selling premium leather covers that are not water-safe and should not be exposed to liquids at all.