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Author Topic: Indicator light of power source  (Read 19232 times)

ken

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Indicator light of power source
« on: October 05, 2004, 01:21:00 PM »

I wish for an indicator light that is on when
powered externally, either by house mains or
by USB connection.  Off when powered by
battery.

Also, I don't see anywhere in the
instructions where one can "safely" change
the batteries without losing programmer.
When connected to *any* USB port, is it safe
to remove the batteries and replace them?  
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Re: Indicator light of power source
« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2004, 02:50:02 PM »

You can change the batteries at any time --
the data you have stored in the interface
remains even if the CM15A completely loses
power. The batteries only run the clock when
the CM15A is without AC power.

It would be nice to have an LED or some other
indicator on the interface. As a hardware
change, it's not likley to be something we
add in the near future, but it's on our list
of desirable changes.
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ken

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Re: Indicator light of power source
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2004, 10:48:27 AM »

Second thoughts about an indicator light on
the CM15A.  My laptop and cellphone produce
tones: a "Duh Beep" when they are connected
to the mains, and a "Bee Doop" when
disconnected or at loss of power.

If anything is going to be added to the CM15A
in the way of an indicator, I think a single
audio report would be better than a
continuous light when connected or on battery
power, if it can be done within the confines
of the package size.  A lighted "wall wart"
is annoying in certain locations, and if
lighted when on battery power it simply
reduces it's life.
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Re: Indicator light of power source
« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2004, 02:03:21 PM »

More good ideas. As I said before, it
probably will be a bit before we look at
changing the hardware, but it's good to have
some input.
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