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Old 04-29-2011, 11:06 AM   #1
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Battery problem Gen3

I've had my Gen3 for two years. I love it. But about 6 months ago it started to have battery problems. I've mentioned this on the forum before now. The battery would drop to 70% after a couple of days and then the device just wouldn't respond.

My husband thought it might be a battery problem, so he bought a new battery from Bookeen. It worked great. The power would last up to two weeks, but usually around 8 or 9 days with heavy use.

About a month ago my Gen3 once again started having problems. Now, again, the battery only lasts around 2 days.

Could it be something in the device itself that is sucking the power out of the battery even when switched off?

Is it worth buying another and newer Gen3? I really like mobi and I don't want a Kindle -- really hate all those keys on the front of their device.

Has anyone come across this problem? Does anyone have any advice for me?

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Old 04-29-2011, 01:44 PM   #2
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I wouldn't assume that this has any influence on the battery but nevertheless I would check if you have a corrupted file system or not.
By the way, which firmware are you running?
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Old 04-29-2011, 01:57 PM   #3
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I wouldn't assume that this has any influence on the battery but nevertheless I would check if you have a corrupted file system or not.
By the way, which firmware are you running?
1.6 mobi

Corrupted file system? Sorry, not very tech-savvy. I know that before I upgraded the firmware I made sure I had a copy of the source code for the Gen3 (whatever that is!), someone on here told me I should have that.

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Old 04-30-2011, 10:01 AM   #4
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My battery is 3 years old and still going strong - not that that is of any use to you - and I too am using the 1.6 mobi.

Strange that a new battery is powering down quickly....
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Old 05-03-2011, 08:41 AM   #5
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Do you have a 200Mhz model or a 400Mhz one ?

If you use and "abuse" of the sleep mode (on 400 one) the battery last will be less than using full power off
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Old 05-06-2011, 10:00 AM   #6
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Do you have a 200Mhz model or a 400Mhz one ?

If you use and "abuse" of the sleep mode (on 400 one) the battery last will be less than using full power off
I have a 400Mhz and I never ever use the sleep mode, I always power down. I'm wondering if the power switch icon that the firmware upgrade installed is the culprit. Could it be draining the power?

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Old 05-06-2011, 11:20 AM   #7
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LOL!

You seems to not know that eInk display do not need power to keep it displayed.
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LOL!

You seems to not know that eInk display do not need power to keep it displayed.
I guess sarcasm doesn't come across in print! I know that it's not SUPPOSED to draw power, but I've only had this battery problem since the firmware upgrade. Before that icon appeared the battery would last a week to ten days. I originally thought the problem might be the battery, so I bought a new one, but the same thing happens with the new battery.

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Old 05-07-2011, 03:36 AM   #9
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I guess sarcasm doesn't come across in print! I know that it's not SUPPOSED to draw power, but I've only had this battery problem since the firmware upgrade.
Well, it doesn't seem to draw power for me. So either there's something wrong in your unit, or you are doing something else that causes the battery drain. Are you using a card? The card shouldn't draw much power either, but maybe if it's faulty...
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Old 05-07-2011, 09:16 AM   #10
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Nope, no SD card. {sigh} I don't understand why the unit suddenly decided to act like this. I've not changed my reading habits, nor the way I use the Gen3.

I've ordered an Opus as a back-up in case my beloved Gen3 decides to bite the dust.

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What about going back to firmware 1.5?
I did try 2.1 and now I am back on 2.0, because I do not like the way how the device acts with the new standby mode and how I have to initiate the shutdown.
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Old 05-09-2011, 02:43 PM   #12
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What about going back to firmware 1.5?
I did try 2.1 and now I am back on 2.0, because I do not like the way how the device acts with the new standby mode and how I have to initiate the shutdown.
I gave that some serious thought, but it would mean I would have to give up folder support. I like being able to sort into folders. I didn't see 1.5 on their website, any idea where I can find it? (Just in case I decide to try it.)

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Version 1.5 have majors bugs and is no longuer available (and is not compatible with all devices), there is only version 1.6 available for Gen3/Opus
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I didn't see 1.5 on their website, any idea where I can find it?
I don't know what "majors bugs" it may have (the parallel published ePub version 2.0 works without problems). If you want it, I could send it to you, because it is still in my download folder.
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Thanks for the offer, Flinx, but I'd rather not go back to 1.5 with no folder suppport. I'll keep it in mind though in case I change my mind.

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