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Topic # 8506 5-Jul-2006 16:08
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Hi again guys - more noobish questions coming... :)

1) Is it recommended to keep your ppc connected to the mains power even when it's fully charged? I read somewhere you should have it connected except when using it. (it's an ipaq 4350)

2) Can you still use it when connected to mains power?

3) If I were to buy a battery now, is it factory sealed, so that if it's (say) not inserted into the device for a year or three, it will still be OK. I'm asking this because the 4350 itself is no longer available and I'm worried that HP will maybe stop producing the battery and therefore I'll miss out if I wait until I actually need it. OTOH I don't want to buy it now, if it's likely to deteriorate before I actually use it.

Thanks as always guys. :)


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  Reply # 40518 5-Jul-2006 16:37
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3. If Li-ion it will have a shelf life. Best try to buy as late as poss or your spare won't last much longer than original.

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  Reply # 40520 5-Jul-2006 16:54
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Lithium Ion batteries dont have a memory effect as Nickel cadmium batteries or for that matter the metal Hydryde ones.
The lithium ions prefer to be kept charged in a way, if you let iy discharge itself its not so good for it.
Dont see why you cant use your PPC with it plugged in.
All batteries hae a self discharge rate so you would need to give it some use.

Have a look in the latest My Mobilre magazine- July 2006 theuy have a feature on battery useage on page 20




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  Reply # 40539 5-Jul-2006 21:53
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Thanks guys - I did some research and yes, the battery life starts at its manufacture date, so no point in buying one before it's needed.

I also found out that if storing a battery, it should be charged to 40%, not fully charged.

Anyway, next question:

If when my current battery dies, it's no longer possible to get the HP branded one (1560 mAh), what other battery would I be able to use?

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