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Subject: Re: BATTERY-FAQ and the FM

Re: BATTERY-FAQ and the FM

From: Neon John <>
Date: Thu, 12 Jun 2003 23:43:14 -0400

On Fri, 13 Jun 2003 00:57:36 +0200, Jean Boullier <>

>Hi John!
>The battery system of the FMR looks so different from the other
>Jukeboxes that the addition of your excellent new topics to the FAQ is
>mandatory for the project. As a Recorder user I only have 2
>questions/comments and one typo report to make:
>>20. "What sort of battery life can I expect"
>>This is highly dependent on the use and encoding bitrate of the MP3. It can
>>range from as little as 4 hours while playing high bitrate (>300kbps) MP3s to
>>as long as 14 hours playing 32kbps audio books or similar talk-oriented
>>materials. The higher the bit rate the more often the hard drive has to spin
>>and thus the shorter the battery life.
>Now that I have learnt (sometimes the hard way) that rechargeable
>batteries are not eternal I tend to not read "battery life" the way you
>use it. Is it not possible to use another expression for what is
>actually "usage duration between charging"? I do not know or I do not
>remember what other expression would be better and maybe, even, "battery
>life" is the normal term for that purpose in English but, if not, you
>might consider using an other one.

"battery life" is the normal American term but I see your point. How about
"How long should I expect the unit to run between charges?"

>>22. "Does the USB port supply enough power to run the FMR?"
>>During playback it is fairly close. While doing disc-intensive activities
>>such as copying files onto the FMR, defragmenting the FMR drive, etc, the USB
>>port does NOT supply sufficient power. The internal batteries are gradually
>>discharged. The use of the external power supply addresses this problem.
>Since I am not an FMR user I may be wrong, but is it appropriate to
>mention playback while the USB connection is active? For a Recorder or a
>Studio/Player that would be irrelevant.

Doh! I was thinking about being connected to the USB bus but without anything
going on. What I get for writing this while sitting in my restaurant and also
trying to talk to customers. Let's just delete that first sentence.

>>24. "how to I access the battery?"
>This is the typo I was mentioning ("to" for "do").


Thanks for the proofing.


John De Armond
Cleveland, Occupied TN
Received on 2003-06-13

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