[icon-discuss] cables revisited
- From: Joe Giovanelli <joegio1@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- To: icon-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2008 09:59:38 -0400
Hi, Everyone, I have some additional thoughts about the interface cable. Quite a few manufacturers use charger cables fitted with those plastic parts which must be squeezed in order to disconnect the charger of the unit. They count on the restoring force of the plastic to act as a spring. The modular plugs we use on telephones depend upon a somewhat similar mechanism. Plastic has only a small amount of give before it breaks off the main part of the connector. The only way to keep these plastic pieces from breaking off is to squeeze them with just enough force so that the cable can be removed and no more. As plastic ages, I suspect that even this approach won't prevent the parts from breaking. The only cure, well, a partial cure, is to use the cable as little as possible. I wait till the battery charge falls below 30 per cent before recharging. I do not recharge after each use. There's more to the story of the interface cable. The connector itself can be troublesome. If your unit is charging while you work with it o your lap, it could slide around in such a way that the connector will rest on your thigh. Pressing the keys will force the connector upward, stressing the contacts on it as well as those in the PDA. This is undesirable. The cable will loosen and result in less positive contact pressure. This happened to me. I found that the connector on the cable could be squeezed and this resulted in a more snug fit. Even at that, I must be absolutely certain that the cable is pushed firmly into place in order for charging to but completed. I put the unit on a table, push the cable into place and not move it and don't even use it until the charge is finished. I ordered a replacement cable and hope that this fixes things. If not, I'll know that the unit itself is damaged, and then I would have to send it back to Aph. I hope I won't need to do that, considering what some of you have said. I ordered the cable a bit more than two weeks ago, and it was supposed to be sent Priority. I still do not have the cable! I hope this is of help to some of you. Joe G.
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