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Old 05-05-2012, 01:22 AM   #1
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Question Battery trouble (I think) ?

A friend got a PRS-300, and after trying it a few times shut it off & left it on the shelf in it's cover...for a year !!!
Picked it up again and found it was dead - and gave it to me.
I looked up charging it & found some info saying it'll charge via the mini-USB so I did that overnight.
It wakes up - sort of - a USB screen comes up, then later it gets a goofy looking screen like a distorted start-up screen - then goes dead saying NO BATTERY then repeats all the above.

I'm thinking it must need a battery - and have found some online for ~$12.
The installation looks easy enough so I'd like to ask the folks here, please:
  1. Is it best to try a different way of charging it ?
  2. Are there any 'tricks' to try to help it out ?
  3. Is there a best/cheapest source for the battery ?

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Old 05-05-2012, 08:51 AM   #2
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Did you charge from a computer? Did it go to sleep while charging overnight? If it did, in sleep mode, the computer will drain the reader.

Try a wall charger.

But it is likely that the battery is dead.
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Old 05-05-2012, 09:59 AM   #3
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The Sony 300 does NOT charge through the mini USB port other than through your computer. For that model you have to get the Sony barrel plug charger or a generic one that works with the Sony PSP. It's the barrel plug with the yellow tip.

Using the barrel plug will allow it to charge through a wall plug and let you read at the same time.
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Old 05-05-2012, 11:01 AM   #4
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No - no - and so, not:
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Did you charge from a computer? Did it go to sleep while charging overnight? If it did, in sleep mode, the computer will drain the reader.
Try a wall charger.
But it is likely that the battery is dead.
It was a generic mini-USB wall charger.

Hmmm...any best battery source then ?
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Old 05-05-2012, 11:08 AM   #5
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The Sony 300 does NOT charge through the mini USB port other than through your computer. For that model you have to get the Sony barrel plug charger or a generic one that works with the Sony PSP. It's the barrel plug with the yellow tip.
Using the barrel plug will allow it to charge through a wall plug and let you read at the same time.
Re-trying again today via a PC which is AWAKE & will stay so.

Didn't know about the specific wall-wart needed otherwise...
I just want to know if it'll hold a charge & wake up before considering spending any $ on a battery.
(It was new & literally only ever got charged before ONE time !)

It'd be great (like the EZ Readers) if it could take a generic phone-type battery that I could get for just a few $...are there any substitutions for this battery that anyone knows of ?
(There's no point in spending any more than a few $ if this reader is scrap.)

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Old 05-05-2012, 01:06 PM   #6
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Update:
A few hours after connecting it to the PC I went back & the reader had it's USB screen showing=> disconnected it=> watched as it woke up, and PRESTO!... a full battery indicator.
That was very fast=> almost so fast as to be spooky; makes me wonder if it is not accurately calibrated or something...I guess time will tell.
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Old 05-06-2012, 06:45 AM   #7
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If it does need a new battery here's a site that sells it

http://www.batterybay.net/Battery-fo...s-prd300sl.htm

Here's another site that sells it and has a video on how to change it.

http://www.newpower99.com/ProductDet...0&Show=ExtInfo
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Old 05-06-2012, 10:15 AM   #8
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Now that it charged up OK I've already passed it along to a friend as a very nice 1st reader ever - so I'm sure I'll hear if it stops working...

Thanks Folks.
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Old 05-18-2012, 09:45 AM   #9
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When needed, battery replacement is easy to do. There are some diagrams and video's available for this. I had to do it some months ago when my battery died.
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