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Old 05-29-2008, 07:36 AM   #1
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How often do you recharge?

Hi all,

I was wondering how often you folks are recharging your reader? I understand that the usage changes from one person to the other but do you recharge every day to keep it always on 4-bars? Or do you wait the battery to go down to 1?
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Old 05-29-2008, 08:32 AM   #2
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Hi all,

I was wondering how often you folks are recharging your reader? I understand that the usage changes from one person to the other but do you recharge every day to keep it always on 4-bars? Or do you wait the battery to go down to 1?
On my Sony I usually wait until it is down to one bar.. then charge it.

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I usually wait for the last bar before charging. I start thinking about charging it when it's down to the next to last bar, but I'm usually not in a position to charge it then (i.e. in a restaurant or curled up in bed).

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Old 05-29-2008, 10:25 AM   #5
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I generally manage the books on the Reader two or three times a week -- more when I'm creating and testing books and want to see how they look beyond the PC viewer in calibre or the Sony software. The USB charging keeps the Reader topped off. I doubt that it has gone under two bars other than playing around with it and seeing how many pages it would really turn on a charge.

For trips I use the iGo Juice to recharge. I cannot remember when I last used the supplied charger.
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Now, maybe I shouldn't, but I get worried about the battery life if I recharge regularly and partially.

However, I read Web pages, blogs, news etc. that I download from Internet so as soon as I connect the reader to my computer, it starts to recharge. Should I be worried about the battery life? I mean, have there been known problems with the reader batteries due to usage patterns?
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Old 05-29-2008, 11:19 AM   #7
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I recharge about weekly (6-8 days).

I normally wait till I have one bar or even until the reader asks for juice. I use a PSP charger so I can read while I recharge.

If your usage pattern damages your battery life (I don't know for sure but I think new generation batts don't have these issues any more), you will notice them when you use your Reader in a different usage pattern. Shouldn't affect the way you currently use it.
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The current batteries don't have the memory problems of the old batteries. Frequent charges are not a problem. We no longer have to drain the batteries before recharging.
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I pretty much never deliberately charge. It gets charged while I am syncing content. Yesterday was the first time I needed to charge it because I had been editing the contents via my laptop at work rather than the desktop at home. I didn't realize that because it was plugged into a hub rather than directly into the computer, it wouldn't charge. So basically, it wound up getting drained completely. I hooked it up to the desktop when I got home and let it charge overnight and is now wonderful.
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Old 05-29-2008, 11:44 AM   #10
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The current batteries don't have the memory problems of the old batteries. Frequent charges are not a problem. We no longer have to drain the batteries before recharging.
Thanks for clarifying it!
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Old 05-29-2008, 11:50 AM   #11
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It pops up a little dialog box saying "Battery low - shutting down" and then shuts down. So I plug it in and keep reading. EB-1150 lets you use the device while it is charging. I get 12-13 hrs per charge. I also got an extra power cord so that I'm able to charge either at home or work, after running out of batteries a couple of times when I didn't have a cord at work.

I'm in love with my cute little reader!
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Old 05-29-2008, 12:47 PM   #12
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I charge it up whenever I am syncing content, and that's about it. This is about once a week though I am now working on some recipes to get more websites on the device. I rarely ever get lower than two bars when I happen to skip charging for a week.
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I usually charge when I get to one bar because I was worried about battery memory but, based on what RWood says, I may just get in the habit of once a week.
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I have been loading books ike crazy these past few days since I got it. What I find myself doing is leaving the device connected. If I'm not going to read right away I will leave it connected.
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Old 06-01-2008, 10:49 PM   #15
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I usually charge when I get to one bar because I was worried about battery memory but, based on what RWood says, I may just get in the habit of once a week.
For lithium batteries it's actually better to keep them topped off.
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