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Battery time

PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 12:49 am
by xenic
This morning my X1000 wouldn't start when I pressed the on/off button. After I unplugged the X1000 and pugged it back in several minutes later it started when I pressed the button. Then I noticed the time was no longer correct. I tried to turn the system off but it would not shut down. I searched these forums and found a 3 year old post about the same problem that was solved with a new battery. I replaced my clock battery and the problem was solved; didn't lose my CFE settings either. I checked the voltage of the old battery and it was 1.48 volts. It's a wonder my system worked for as long as it did.

My system is 3 years 3 months old, so it looks like the battery life for an X1000 is approximately 3 years. If you've had your X1000 for 3 years or more, it might be wise to replace your battery before mysterious problems occur.

Re: Battery time

PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2016 3:36 am
by kilaueabart
Thanks for that. I had started wondering about the battery. It seems I was first allowed to post in Welcome First Contact Customers in July 2013, so maybe I have a few months to go, but I'll test it, and either way, be sure to have a spare on hand.

Test it I did, the next day. Scary getting it out; finally used a tiny screwdriver and a dental pick in tandem. My 50-year-old Radio Shack multimeter pegs it at 2.7 volts, so I probably can't blame my Ubuntu MATE problems on it.

Re: Battery time

PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2016 4:53 am
by LyleHaze
You make a good point.
There have been many jokes made about Amigas and Batteries, but it is in part becauswe we do things differently.
The average desktop PC has a very short lifespan compared to the average Amiga.

I'm not sure how predictable it is though. I think a lot of it depends on how often you are powered up.
My X is on 24/7. I cycle power only when installing accessories or moving.

I'm sure there are valid points for and against this strategy, but if your power is fairly clean then you gain
thermal stability. My components are at a fairly constant temperature all the time. Expansion and contraction
are not issues here.

I also expect I'll get a bit more bettery time. Probably.

Re: Battery time

PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2016 5:16 am
by 328gts
xenic wrote:This morning my X1000 wouldn't start when I pressed the on/off button. After I unplugged the X1000 and pugged it back in several minutes later it started when I pressed the button. Then I noticed the time was no longer correct. I tried to turn the system off but it would not shut down. I searched these forums and found a 3 year old post about the same problem that was solved with a new battery. I replaced my clock battery and the problem was solved; didn't lose my CFE settings either. I checked the voltage of the old battery and it was 1.48 volts. It's a wonder my system worked for as long as it did.

My system is 3 years 3 months old, so it looks like the battery life for an X1000 is approximately 3 years. If you've had your X1000 for 3 years or more, it might be wise to replace your battery before mysterious problems occur.


that's great advice but knowing that I'm a lazy arse and how tight things are in the mancave I'll be waiting until I absolutely need to change the battery ;)

Re: Battery time

PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 6:17 pm
by xeno74
Just for info. My X1000 had boot problems yesterday. Sometimes it didn't start when I pressed the on/off button and sometimes the shut down didn't work. I replaced the battery today and this has been solved the problem.

-- Christian

Re: Battery time

PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 6:44 pm
by 328gts
@ xeno74

great news! I guess I should be changing my battery soon as my X1000 is going on 6 years now with original battery and time still perfect on here every day

Re: Battery time

PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:20 pm
by 328gts
328gts wrote:@ xeno74

great news! I guess I should be changing my battery soon as my X1000 is going on 6 years now with original battery and time still perfect on here every day


aha today is the day when my original battery seems to start showing it's age in that it's the 1st time my date and time were off so looks like I better take some time now and change the battery ;)