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Subject: Re: [PATCH] Battery voltage stats for the recorder
From: Justin (jaf60_at_it.canterbury.ac.nz)
Date: 2002-07-24


What you describe is not normal behaviour for the recorder. I could
leave mine (AJBR6K) for as long as I like - once it stops charging the
batteries, it sits there for a while, then tops them up, then sits, then
tops up, etc etc.

These days, however, I do have the problem you describe, but it is the
result of a loose connection in the power socket. I mention this because
you might have the same problem and not realise it:
Plugging the power in tells the unit that it has external power, and it
goes into that mode, but bumping the cord (or setting the unit down
after plugging it in) can result in the connection being lost, yet
(perhaps becayse the "is there a plug in the socket?"-switch will still
be open) the unit reamins in external power mode, and over time, drains
the batteries into the ground. Or, charges the batteries, untilthe cord
is bumped, and then leaves them to drain, which sounds like what you
describe.
Check it's not the socket getting loose.

Mike Soultanian wrote:
>
> I don't know if you guys have noticed this or not, but one of the many
> annoying things about the stock Archos Recorder is how it handles
> charging. If the charger is plugged into the recorder for too long, it
> actually kills the batteries after it's charged them. It seems like
> what is happening is that the charger charges up the batteries like
> normal, but because the cable is plugged in, it keeps the unit on (w/
> the light on). Then, when it finishes charging, it doesn't turn the
> unit off, but instead leaves it on, but stops charging. This eventually
> drains the batteries and leaves the unit flickering.
>
> dunno if this is hardware/firmware/software, but it's pretty annoying as
> is... Just thought I'd letcha know of that behaviour if it affects any
> battery charging coding you guys might be doing...
>
> Mike



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