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neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Topic Author's Original Post - Nov 24, 2012 - 05:08pm PT
hey there say, all...

i been doing searches and trying to learn more about batteries, keeping them charged, why they don't last, work, etc, or: all of that...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battery_charger

i must have done good (thankfully) on my chargeable camera batteries,
as--they have now finally come to the near end (after almost five years)...

but--this cordless phone thing is NOT going well...
(forgot what brand i had, but a gal had given it to me, when she got her
new one--THAT was my first cordless expericence)...
(would have kept it, but it had an antenea and the CAT chewed it off)
:O

well, that battery continually workedon THAT ONE
for a few years (starting from the new on i put in it, after she gave it to me--no matter HOW long i left it off the hook, for the night...
and--no matter how long i talked...

(sad to say, i WISH i had paid attention as to what brand it was--she can't remember, either)...

so NEXT, having only one shortcord wall phone--i got this uniden
(cheapest, but later, after it kept dying-out, before battery was a year old, i READ lot of 'stuff' about it, that was not that good)...
(but, i did read/learn, to reset it, it seemed to help, at first)...

so now:

what do YOU ALL know about how to do this
'keep the ol' phone charged so it WORKs' bit?
any GOOD experience??

after four hours of talking, it dies, :(
or--will NOT be charged enough, hours later, to work for the next
phone call... :(
(BACK when i GOT IT, i think it worked for the first 4? months???)



any recommendations...
i AM getting a new one, but i want one that is
worth buying...
and, also, i need to know, please--

battery-wise, better or not:
1--keep it on the charger?
2--or keep it off? (after the bars full-up)
(i am reading so many do-or-don'ts, that i am not sure)...
3--if it is NOT being used, is the battery 'uncharging'
by just 'sitting around'?


last notes:
i DO know to fully charge battery, after you get it...
and--
I DO know about battery-memory, and to use 'as long as can'
before charging,
but--with this phone, i have had to more-and-more,
leave it on the charger--perhaps making it worse?????




whewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww--
so uneducated i was as to all this tech-stuff, i
JUST NOW learned to 'clean the head' on the phone and charger,
:O
ohhhhhhhhhh my...


well, thanks for any thing that i can laern
something by, so i do BETTER this time...
:O
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
i WASNT ON THE INTERNET during bush years...
Nov 24, 2012 - 05:17pm PT
Clean the contact points on the battery and charger with q tips and alcohol- or scrape them lightly with a pointed finger nail file to make sure there is good metal contact.


Your phone shouldnt dicharge quickly if just setting there- however it will over time without being in the charger. the battery may very well be toast- and wont accept a charge anymore.
they dont last forever.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 24, 2012 - 05:28pm PT
hey there, say, ron...

thanks...

so now, if i get a new battery, instead, would that be more
prudent instead of the new phone... or, is that perhaps a waste of
money if this phone really is not that good?


(however, new phone, i can opt for having two phone, for the set, AND, keep the heads cleaned, which i had failed to do)...
and, with new phone, i can take better care of battery, in the first
place, i reckon...


or--should i try to let the recharge with the clean heads and experiement--
it could be it will CHARGE better now, :)

(last question)
after it charges, should i TAKE if off teh charger once IT HAS
the three bars??? or--will it uncharge during the night, or in between calls? (i'd leave it off perhaps 8? hours at the longest)

thanks for helping out here,
thanks so much!



OOOOP, a major opps, here, ron and all:
MINE is not vtech, but i just this--
SPEAK PHONE eats battery, it seems??
If your handset is also a speakerphone, please note that using this feature can significantly reduce your total talk time between charges.


from:


My battery pack does not last very long between charges. I am charging the handset more frequently.
What should I do?


Over time, your rechargeable battery may lose some of its ability to hold a charge. This is more likely to occur if it is a Ni-Cd(Nickel-Cadmium) battery. If you are unsure of the composition of your battery, check the specifications printed on the battery pack.

To restore your battery's ability to hold a full charge:
First, use the cordless handset without recharging it, until the phone alerts you that battery is low. Depending on your model, this alert will be in the form of one or more of the following: an on-screen message, a blinking light or icon, or an audible beep or tone. See your User's Manual for details.
Next, upon receiving the low battery alert, allow the handset to fully charge, following the recommended charging time as prescribed in the User's Manual. Following this procedure will refresh your rechargeable battery. You can repeat this procedure in the future if the battery's ability to hold a charge decreases.

If your handset is also a speakerphone, please note that using this feature can significantly reduce your total talk time between charges.

If the battery has been in service for more than one year, you should replace it. To purchase a replacement, please contact our Services Centre by write to vtechphones_hk@vtech.com, or call Tel 2666 5558
http://www1.vtech.com/hk/tel/supp_faq.php#3
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Nov 24, 2012 - 05:36pm PT
-Don't use the car charger unless absolutely necessary. Car chargers are abusive to batteries.

-Leave the phone plugged into the wall charger as much as possible for battery maintenance.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 24, 2012 - 05:41pm PT
hey there say, sierra ledge rat... thanks so much for teh info...
right now, i don't have a cell phone type, but i will keep that in mind,
anyways--good to know, i will pass that on to the grandkids...

right now, it is cordless phone troubles...
seemed it was only four months when it started to
'go bad' the other one, i had did great for a few years...

(can't remember what it was that my friend had given me, and neither,
can she) ... this uniden, seems it may not be too good, from
what i read, so i was thinking to get a new one...

but--i don't want to make the SAME mistakes...
phone buying-wise or BATTERY-lasting wise, either..

i know you 'tech' etc, guys,
could steer my trail better than i could...

:)
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Nov 24, 2012 - 05:44pm PT
Batteries and chargers have come a long way.

If you buy a quality item then the charger will do all of the work for you - just leave it plugged in and let the charger manage the battery.

As far as other rechargeable batteries are concerned - like rechargeable AAs and AAAs - get a smart charger:

http://www.thomasdistributing.com/Maha-Powerex-MH-C9000-AA--AAA-Battery-Chargerbr_p_134.html
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 24, 2012 - 05:49pm PT
hey there say, sierra ledge rat...

thanks... i am really behind the times, as you can see...

thanks again...

i just cleaned the heads and i am letting it recharge, to test it...
will see how it goes this week, and then,
will either get new battery or the new phone...

wow, this is harder than just being
a simple mom or gramma, :))

thanks, again, god bless!
and happy supertopo eve, to you...

(will be going to go get chores done around here--i keep missing
all the fun stuff, as i been babysiting,lately)...
QITNL

climber
Nov 24, 2012 - 05:52pm PT
What is the phone make/model?
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 24, 2012 - 05:59pm PT
hey there say, QITNL

it is a uniden...
i read, recently that many folks say they did not
hold charges...

seems there was some kind of 'reset' that may have helped...
i DID try doing that... it seemed for a bit that helped...

but now, after reading the note on the vtech phone
(different, i know) well--

i wonderered if my trouble is that i use the speaker phone...
(my other phone did not have one, perhaps that why i had better luck,
unless the make, was just better) *forgot what that was, as it was a bit
ago and i never thought i'd need to know it...
QITNL

climber
Nov 24, 2012 - 06:04pm PT
OK so Uniden is the make - what is the model? D1483 for example.

Edit - try here: http://www.xcessbuy.com/Uniden-Cordless-Phone-Batteries.html
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 24, 2012 - 06:17pm PT
hey there say, QITNL...

i can see it too good, as to 6 and 8's looking similar, but
here what i saw on the bottom of the charger set for it:

M/N D1680 lC: 513C-UN244
REN:0.0 308B0711 Bro1001681

not sure if they are in the proper line-row...
was only two rows though...


what can be told from all this, please?
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 24, 2012 - 06:22pm PT
hey there say, QITNL... is that to find batteries that
are better compatible...

could that just the trouble...
i had gotten the battery at a local multi-grocer type store
(ex: walmarts, etc)...

QITNL

climber
Nov 24, 2012 - 06:25pm PT
Does it look like this?

If so, you have a Uniden D1680

Here is your product manual:
http://www.uniden.com/content/ebiz/uniden/resources/ownersmanuals/D1680om.pdf

You want this battery:
http://www.xcessbuy.com/Uniden-D1680-800mAh-2-4V-Cordless-Phone-Battery.html

Remove the battery cover and see if it looks similar.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 24, 2012 - 06:29pm PT
hey there say, QITNL...

okay, i see...
i just saw the batteries, etc...

now,please, have YOU used this company?
did you do it on line, etc...
and, please, how long have you been doing this?

this may be an answer, then...
i will wait to get offline, and do chorse, 'til after
i see your reply...
(hahahah, not many chores are getting done tonight, but
THIS is important, too, chore-wise) :))
QITNL

climber
Nov 24, 2012 - 06:33pm PT
I haven't used this particular company but their reviews look reasonably favorable. These batteries are pretty standard. I'm also done for the evening.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 24, 2012 - 06:37pm PT
hey there say, QITNL (thanks so much) ...

here it is, almost.. but mine seems a bit diff...
mine says DECT 6 and i think the one you showed is 5??
BUT--then i can't see it that well, yours could be 6, as well...

(JUST read that the dect stuff, didn't really mean
much)...

Credit: neebee


thanks for taking the time to try, i know how
time consuming this is, too, :O

god blesss...
happy good eve, for the night now, :)
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