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did I melt my dilithium crystal

 
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putwig
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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2004 6:49 pm    Post subject: did I melt my dilithium crystal Reply with quote

I have an E-100 that I bought in 2000. Great piece of kit.

It had been retired, and in a desk drawer for the past 18 months. Prior to that it was working fine.

I dug it out the other day and charged it up. It will not turn on. I replaced the back up battery and charged it 12 hours .... still no luck.

I took out the Lithium (main) battery and tested it with my multimeter, I think it is dead.

How can a rechargeable Lithium battery die in my desk drawer?

Any of you have a fix?

Does it sound like a battery problem? I think it must be.

Anyhow, I won't be spending $40 to fix a 4 year PDA (probably couldn't sell it for $50).

Any thoughts?
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Gerard
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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2004 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, as it happens I just cadged a few links on Li-Ion battery stuff from a thread on Aximsite the other day, so you're in luck:
Prolonging battery life:
http://www.powerstream.com/Storage.htm

Storage:
http://www.batteryuniversity.com/parttwo-34.htm

Charging basics:
http://www.powerstream.com/li.htm

From what these pages say, your battery is toast. Lithium Ion batteries definitely die in storage, no matter the conditions. In fact, they begin to die the moment they are made, so the researchers recommend buying only as many batteries as you need, and buying them very new if possible.

Sorry to hear about your situation, but really, the E-100 is unsupported almost universally, so it's kind of a museum piece unless you find a deal on a new battery. Cool little device though, very lovely screen.

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