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Subject: Re: battery problems?
From: Jon Drukman (jsd_at_cluttered.com)
Date: 2003-12-08


At 09:10 PM 12/2/2003, Neon John wrote:
>On Sat, 29 Nov 2003 15:14:50 -0800, Jon Drukman <jsd_at_cluttered.com> wrote:
>
> >my jbr20 is around 8 months old and the batteries have been
> >charged/depleted less than 100 times. maybe even less than 50. the only
> >thing i wonder about is for the first 6 months or so i left the JBR
> >connected to the charger almost 100% of the time. does that hurt the
> >batteries?
>
>I've bought several JBRs in the last 6 months. The OEM batteries in all of
>them were trash. They would not charge in the JBR and overheated in my quick
>charger. They're residing in a landfill somewhere now and the JBRs contain
>2100 mah batteries that work fine.
>
>Trash the OEM batts and get some good ones. Most any brand will work.

i changed my archos batteries for some 2100mah batteries and i observed the
same sudden drop in battery level, which led to me to investigate
further. then i read FAQ question 71 and felt like a big dummy!

of course the answer was i was transferring huge amounts of data to and
from the jbr20 (i was using it to move files between my home computer and
my office computer) and the big disk transfers were draining the batteries
prematurely. i'm a little surprised to learn that adapter + usb isn't
enough to keep the batteries from draining, but now that i know that that
is indeed the case, i won't worry about having accidentally "ruined" my
batteries through overcharging!

oh well, i'm a dummy for not having read the FAQ more carefully (i did look
at it but somehow that particular bit of info did not "stick"). on the
plus side, i learned how to change the batteries in my JBR20, and now i
have some really nice 2100mah cells in there.

-jsd-



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