Sunday, January 28, 2018

Waterproof e-ink Readers Collection

With the improvement of technology and people's rising demand on eReaders, the water resistance feature of e-ink Readers becomes more and more sought-after. Where there is demand, there is a market. With the introduction of Kindle Oasis 2 in October 2017, all major players in ebook business now offer waterproof e-ink readers. In this article, I'll collect all the existing waterproof eReaders as well as the forthcoming new eReaders with water resistance feature.

Kindle Oasis 2 – The second gen Oasis is Amazon’s first waterproof Kindle, and it’s also the first Kindle to have a 7-inch screen. It has an IPX8 rating, meaning it can withstand being submerged in up to 2 meters of water for up to 60 minutes. See my All-New Kindle Oasis 2 (2017) Review for more info about the device.

Waterfi Kindle Paperwhite – Waterfi has been selling Kindle Paperwhites for the past 5 years that they waterproof themselves aftermarket. They aren’t officially endorsed by Amazon, and Waterfi isn’t even aloud to call it a Kindle on the product page, but they come with a one-year warranty and have an IPX8 rating. The problem is they’re pretty expensive; you can get a nicer Kindle Oasis 2 for only $20 more.

Kobo Aura One – The 7.8-inch Kobo Aura One has HZO Protection with an IPX8 rating, making it waterproof for up to 60 minutes in up to 2 meters of water. The Limited Edition 32GB model is also waterproof.

Kobo Aura H2O Edition 2 – The second generation Kobo Aura H2O is the latest waterproof reader from Kobo. It has an IPX8 rating like the Aura One and it has a smaller 6.8-inch screen.

Kobo Aura H2O – The first gen Kobo Aura H2O was one of the first waterproof ereaders available. It’s IP67 certified so it’s not quite as waterproof as the other models, but it can withstand being submerged in up to 1 meter of water for 30 minutes. 

Nook Glowlight Plus – B&N’s previous Nook model was waterproof, with a IP67 rating. It’s still available new on Amazon and B&N sells them refurbished for $79, making it the cheapest waterproof ereader available to purchase by far.

Pocketbook Aqua 2 – Pocketbook’s ereaders aren’t widely available but the Pocketbook Aqua 2 is another option for a waterproof ebook reader. It has an IP57 rating so it’s not quite as waterproof as some other models but it can handle being dropped into 1 meter of water.

Tolino Vision 4 HD – Tolino is a brand that’s not sold in North America but they’re readily available in parts of Europe. The Tolino Vision 4 HD is a 6-inch model with Water Protection by HZO, making it waterproof for 30 minutes at a depth of 1 meter.

Tolino Epos – The Tolino Epos is a 7.8-inch model. It has the same waterproofing as the Vision 4 HD, so it’s waterproof for up to 30 minutes in 1 meter of water.