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Augusta F4 SPR
12-06-2004, 04:00 PM
I have had my TH55 since last March and i have loved everything about it. However, lately I have been noticing that the battery drains rather quickly. I remember that I sat through a weekend long retreat at church taking notes with my Sony keyboard and after a weeked of use the battery was just under 50% drained. Now I almost can't finish a day of note taking with the keyboard when the battery reaches levels in the 70-80% drained.
Is this common? Is there a way to replace the battery after the original can no longer hold a significan charge? Where could I get one?
12-06-2004, 04:17 PM
I was searching for one two Found one but was unable to order for one for lack of a credit card
Try it though
12-06-2004, 04:56 PM
Put your Clie in the cradle, do a soft reset, and turn it off, all while still charging. Then let it charge till the light goes off. This may take a while. It resets the charging circuitry, and helps the battery life.
12-06-2004, 09:04 PM
How is it physically possible to soft reset a TH55 when it's sitting in a cradle? The reset button is on the bottom of the Clie. Unless I'm misunderstanding something you have to remove the Clie from the cradle to press the reset button.
12-06-2004, 09:51 PM
maybe he just misstated it. you can do it using the TH55 charger anyway as the cradle isnt prepackaged.
Hey has anyone tried this? whats the theory behind this one?
12-06-2004, 11:21 PM
thanks for that little trick jeebusfreak. :D ;)
i've noticed even though my TH55 is relatively new (summer), recently the battery was beginning to discharge more rapidly than normal. i'm gonna give your advice a shot and see how it goes.
and to Augusta F4 SPR...have you tried www.cliebattery.com yet?
12-06-2004, 11:25 PM
Ditto to the advice, thanks! I'll definitely try it! And as far as soft resetting while in the cradle, you can make a button on top/bottom bar in ZLauncher specifically for a soft reset so you don't have to use the hard button. Or, even more convenient in my opinion, you can make soft reset a function on Hi-Launcher!
Anyway, I tried it, my TH55 is charging now. Hopefully it cures the abnormally quick discharge I've noticed as of late!!
12-06-2004, 11:26 PM
You can also do a soft reset with either ZLauncher (drop down menu) or the app "Crash" under "Debug" in its drop down menu. ;) Not sure about the claim of resetting the charging circuitry. Hey, jjesusfreak01, any reference?
12-07-2004, 06:56 AM
Dont have a reference, but ive heard it works with most palm handhelds. Ive tried it, and it always seems to work. It will take longer to charge, and you will not be able to see a battery percentage until its finished.
Augusta F4 SPR
12-07-2004, 08:53 AM
Thank you all for your inputs. I will try the soft reset tip offered and I will also keep the link to the battery. I certainly want to keep my TH longer than the life of the battery. I will post an update after the batter is done charging and I have used it to see if the battery performace increased.\
wellsjs, great avatar.
12-08-2004, 09:02 AM
Thanks, JesusFreak! I tried the soft reset while charging thing and it seems to make a difference. Has anyone else seen a noticeable improvement yet? I wish I would have been more willing to wait and run % tests before and after so that I could have numbers to back up what "seems" to be true. I'll do that if my battery seems to "slip" again.
Thanks again -
12-09-2004, 04:46 PM
I tried the trick yesterday and today my battery is extremely better. Before after about 5 hours of reading Mobipocket my battery life was at 75%, but today it never dipped below 90%. Thanks for the tip!
12-13-2004, 02:13 AM
I've been having a slightly different issue of reasonable battery time with active use, but horrible shelf life when left off. I got so frustrated I got a battery from Laptops for Less
Cost $37 + $10 for S&H, which seems a bit steep, but comes with the infamous three slot screwdriver needed. Very easy to replace. Bless Sony for getting one thing right.
It seemed to help, but this morning the whole thing was reading 10% after very little use, and I fear I'm back in for it. Resetting the power manager seems reasonable. Used to have to do that with Mac Power books with NiMH batts. Hope it works. However, I'm curious if anyone knows of any programs or internal processes which could possibly be eating up power even when the Clie appears to be off?
12-14-2004, 05:41 AM
However, I'm curious if anyone knows of any programs or internal processes which could possibly be eating up power even when the Clie appears to be off?
I started a thread on this a few months back. I see about 4-5% discharge per night. I'm beginning to suspect that this is just the way the Clie is, it may just be that it's not too efficient in its use of power when just maintaining RAM contents and keeping the clock running while the device is off.
I tried unplugging my Memory Stick each night in case that was draining power and that made no difference. I don't think I have any rogue programs on my device either, and I've never seen it wake up unexpectedly.
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