[NTLK] AA batteries

Dennis Swaney romad at nvwisp.com
Sat Jun 20 14:02:11 EDT 2020

I have the SoftCharge package; just haven't installed it!

Dennis B. Swaney

"Cogito Ergo Mac"

On Fri, Jun 19, 2020 at 10:43 AM Dan <dan at dbdigitalweb.com> wrote:

> They are fine for the long term, no damage will occur.  If you get "Nick's
> soft charge" and install it (should be on UNNA if not let me know and I can
> pass it), you can set the battery meter to show NiMH batteries (or lithium
> or Nicad).  Otherwise it will show the calibration for alkalines which
> won't be correct of course (but still work otherwise).
> You can use the power adapter at the same time without issue.  Using the
> battery cage/tray the Newton knows not to try to charge them and just draw
> power to power it.  Disconnect it, and it will instantly switch back to the
> batteries in the tray.
> I haven't had working Newton battery pack for years, I just use the tray
> with Nimah batteries.  I get at least a month of use on a charge with the
> Nimh I am using (energizer, the precharged type which have very slow self
> discharge rate almost on par with a normal alkalines), sometimes two months.
> -Dan
> On 6/19/2020 10:43 AM, Dennis Swaney wrote:
> > Thanks, Forrest. That is what I'm temporarily using, but wasn't sure the
> > 1.2vdc they supply was sufficient for the long term. I think my
> > rechargeable Newton pack has died as it no longer seems to charge, so I'm
> > down to AAs. Can I use the Newton Power Adapter while AAs are in? Not for
> > charging, but just for the 7vdc; I don't think the Newton Power Adapter
> > would charge the Eneloops anyway. For non-rechargeable batteries, I'm
> > wondering if Lithium AAs would be the way to go, or maybe Rayovac
> Fusions.
> >
> > Sincerely,
> > Dennis B. Swaney
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