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> AC adapter doesn't give an SL-C760 a full charge in the USA
post Sep 18 2004, 03:45 PM
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QUOTE(PDAgal @ Sep 18 2004, 02:28 PM)
The EA-72 Sharp charger than came with my C860 always charges to 100% and the Zaurus light goes from amber to green when charging is done.

Weird, I have a EA-70S, but I never remember seeing the battery light switching to green.
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post Oct 26 2004, 08:57 AM
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I just bought a brand new SL-C860 a few days ago. Using the stock EA-72 charger takes a really long time to charge. I've never seen the led turn green. It shows amber while charging, then turns off.

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post Dec 5 2004, 01:37 AM
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If our machines' battery charge lights had different colors, wouldn't the D+M menu demonstrate that if you do a hardware test?

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post Dec 6 2004, 02:03 PM
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Ditto on both my C860s. Amber while charging, off when complete, blinking if no battery (bad battery??).
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post Feb 10 2005, 08:37 AM
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One other thing to consider. The power input to ALL the Zaurus's is finicky, both low voltage AND HIGH Voltage. I tried a few other regulated power supplies that I had, around 4 to 6 volts.

The 5 volts works best. the "4.5 volt" high output (2 amps) supply worked well. The nominal 6volt supply I had wouldn't work. A charger output of greater-than 5.5 volts will prevent charging just like less than 4.5 volts.

The zaurus, especially the SL-CXXX versions take a lot of power to run, and to charge a near dead battery. A simple Walmart 500 millamp charger won't cut it. It may charge the battery only (with unit off), but probably won't allow the zaurus to run and charge the battery.

I noticed that the charger that came with my SL-C700 (tiny) will run and apparently charge my older smaller battery, but the charge light never goes out (indicating the charge completion) unless I turn the unit off for awhile. My old Casio Cassiopiea charger (also 4.5 to 5 volts) but 2.0 amps (2000milliamps). Runs and charges my battery, but the charge eventually finishes (light goes out), even while running. These newer little tiny chargers aren't the el-cheapo transformer / regulator type supplies, they are what is know as a "switching" supply. The end result is the physical size is much smaller than the older type of the same power rating.

Be careful. I have heard horror stories of ruining Zauruses with sub-standard generic chargers and/or using the universal types and getting the polarity wrong. Also, don't use the cheaper "unregulated" 12v car adapters to charge in your car, especially while starting the car.

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