Kitesurfers Travel Gadgets: The Kindle

Most kitesurfers know how important it is to travel light and like us, have felt the sting at the airlines baggage check-in. Since we travel quite a bit more than your average kitesurf holiday seeker, we have accumulated a few very useful gadgets that we never leave without and are often asked by friends on where to get them. So in the light of this we will occasionally start posting a few kitesurf travel gadgets that we recommend to you because we think they will come in very handy.


The Kindle Paperwhite, 6″ High Resolution Display with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi

The Kindle eBook reader is not hot news for most people nowadays but it is nevertheless an awesome gadget to have for more than simply reading loads of books and magazines.

The latest version is the Kindle Paperwhite and unlike previous models features an integrated reading light that is so energy efficient, it will easily be lasting you for 8 weeks of continuous usage. This also means you always have a flashlight on you that pretty much never runs out of battery.

Another feature that is not well known is the integrated web browser. On more than one occasion I have needed to access a website, email or book or check a flight ticket and my phone and laptop were long dead after a long haul flight. However, the Kindle with its massive battery life will happily connect to a wifi (or if you have the Kindle Paperwhite 3G with Free 3G + Wi-Fi it will connect to any 3G network for free!) and works surprisingly well, albeit in black and white, as a tablet replacement.

The Kindle online store of course has loads of books and magazines on offer but what I also end up using very often is the option to be able to email any document to my Kindle. When you purchase your Kindle, you will get your own Kindle email address. You can then email from anywhere eBooks, emails, text, images, etc. to your Kindle email address and in seconds it is available on your Kindle. Got a flight booking confirmation via email? Just forward it to your Kindle email and you have it ready at hand at check-in.

I also love the option of being able to read a book on my Kindle and at anytime, switch to the Kindle app on my phone where I can continue reading exactly where I left off on my Kindle. The app as well as the Kindle synchronise so you can read seamlessly on one device and then skip to another. Many times I would be standing in line, waiting for the passport control and reading on my phone since it is smaller and close by hand. Then when entering the plane, I take out the Kindle and immediately continue reading from where I left off.

Last but not least, I am an impatient guy and really find it annoying to have to wait before the seatbelt lights turn off to be able to read. However, if you have the Kindle in its leather book cover, more often than not the stewardess do not even realise that you are reading off an electronic device and will ignore you since (if your Kindle reading light is off) it just looks like a printed page in a leather bound book. Also, the leather cover has a magnetic closure which wakes the Kindle up when you open it and sends it to sleep when you close it – very handy since now you don’t even have to bother switching it off.

Did I mention you can also play games on it? What can I say, the Kindle is a fantastic little kitesurfers travel gadget!




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