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Note!This FAQ applies to the models with Li-Ion batteries, such as the Archos FM recorder or Archos V2 Recorder. If you have a device with NiMH batteries, such as the Archos Studio and Archos recorder V1, see LiIon batteries, such as the Archos FM recorder or Archos V2 Recorder. If you have a device with NiMH batteries, such as the Archos Studio and Archos recorder V1, see BatteryFAQ.
A2: Yes, if you can find replacements. Archos does not sell them. One site that does is http://newmp3technology.com/, another is http://www.pdainternalbattery.com/archospdabattery.html. Alternately, there are companies who make replacement battery assemblies that might be able to help.
A3: Remove the two small screws on the top of your V2/FMR, and pry the lid off. Now turn it upside down and shake it a little. It should just slide out. Take note of the position it's in, and put the replacement in the same way. Replace the cover.
A4: It depends on how you use it. If you're doing hard drive intensive activities like formatting or transfering large amounts of data, probably only a few hours. If you're only using it as an mp3 player it will depend on the bitrate of the mp3s. Playing 128kbit mp3s, it should last around 8 hours. Playing lower quality recordings (32-64kbit) like audio books it could be more like 12 or 14. Playing very high quality files (256kbit+) it could be more like 4 or 6 hours. Also, doing the 8MB RAM mod will significantly increase battery life.
A5: About 50% charge is applied in the first hour. The rest takes up to 3 more hours.
A6: A charger/adapter that outputs 6VDC at 700mAh and has a power plug with a 3.4mm O.D. x 1.3mm I.D., with positive center will have the same specs as the original.
A7: These options are for the recorder (V1) only. Charging for the recorders is done by software, but charging of the V2/FMR is controlled completely by hardware.
A8: Yes, though slowly since USB is limited to 500 mA. Charging is reduced or eliminated when the FMR/V2 is connected through a passive hub. If a PCMCIA USB adapter is being used in a laptop or similar device, it is very important to connect the external power supply if one is provided.
The PCMCIA port cannot supply sufficient power by itself. The Belkin USB 2.0 adapter, for example, comes with a "wall wart" power supply that can be plugged into the PCMCIA card.
A9: Yes, as long as you aren't draining the battery faster than you're charging it (like reading/writing a lot in USB mode).
Q10. Is it ok if I recharge the battery when I've only drained it part of the way? Will that reduce the life of the battery?
A10: You can recharge at any time. Li-Ion batteries have virtually no memory effect.
CategoryFAQ: Frequently asked questions about Li-Ion batteries and charging for the Archos
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