Joined: May 02, 2005 Posts: 470 Location: Wakefield,West Riding of Yorkshire
Posted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 8:44 pm Post subject: Charging via Computer
If the Active 10 is plugged in to a USB socket on a computer is it supposed to charge the unit ?
Today,not for the first time,I have had it plugged into my laptop for a good while,showing the "lightening" symbol, then taken it out and it has displayed red in the battery indicator within 15 mins or less.
Charges fine from the mains.
I have looked in the Active 10 manual and the Satsync manual and can't find anything.
I charge mine all the time from either a PC or a USB socket on the front of my printer. There are no problems with the unit getting a full charge, but it does take longer than using a wall charger because the current is limited to 500mA. If your PC is powering down the USB sockets in standby, it should be possible to go into the BIOS (the settings that you can tweak at boot) and configure them to remain on. This isn't for the inexperienced PC user, though.
Just to be sure, you can only charge the LiPo battery pack and you're not going to be able to recharge AA batteries in the Active 10.
You might want to check the connector for the battery pack to make sure that it is still properly seated.
By the way, if people have mini USB cables or already have wall-wart USB and car chargers, you don't need the full accessory pack and can just buy the LiPol battery, saving £20 or so.
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