Is the Ben power LED software controlled?

cenobyte at dragoncrypt.com cenobyte at dragoncrypt.com
Fri Nov 4 15:27:10 EDT 2011


 Thanks you guys, it looks like I just had one battery that was "super 
 hungry". All my other spares have charged up in under 5 hours. My Solar 
 setup can charge both my laptops, so I know it has enough power. It's a 
 "wall socket" that is it takes normal 3 prong adapters and puts out 115 
 V which of course gets converted by whatever adapter you have. Since the 
 Ben sucks the same as or less than some cell phones, it is very easy to 
 charge, in fact, I even have a small pocket sized solar unit that is 
 designed for charging cell phones that will completely charge one Ben 
 battery. The only disadvantage is that it takes 2 full days to charge 
 the unit in the sun, so it couldn't be my only unit, but it is nice to 
 have...


 On Fri, 4 Nov 2011 10:19:35 -0700, Delbert Franz wrote:
> I have something similar on charging.  I sometimes charge the Ben
> with it running.  The LED stays lit way past a full charge but then
> goes out as soon as I press a key.  Charging while on takes much
> longer, which has been covered in a thread a few months ago.
> Now what makes it complex, it doesn't always do this:)  Not sure
> of what pattern results in an led staying on past a full charge.
>
> I have also noticed that the "wall-wart" usb charger and the usb
> port on my Acer One netbook must put out slightly different
> voltages.  I can unplug from the wall-wart and into the
> netbook port and the light will come on and if the Ben
> is running will stay on until I press a key, but again,
> not always!  Who says computers are deterministic:)
>
> Not sure this is that related, but it shows that the red led
> must be understood in the "context" of the state of the Ben,
> and the nature of the source.
>
>                    Delbert
>
>
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> state:0;">On Friday 04 November 2011, Suco wrote:</p>
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> state:0;">&gt; As you can see in the wiki, the led is controlled by a
> dedicated charger</p>
> <p style=" margin-top:0px; margin-bottom:0px; margin-left:0px;
> margin-right:0px; -qt-block-indent:0; text-indent:0px; -qt-user-
> state:0;">&gt; IC, and the only thing there related with software is
> a pin for the system</p>
> <p style=" margin-top:0px; margin-bottom:0px; margin-left:0px;
> margin-right:0px; -qt-block-indent:0; text-indent:0px; -qt-user-
> state:0;">&gt; to be able to see when the charge is complete. It's
> possible that your</p>
> <p style=" margin-top:0px; margin-bottom:0px; margin-left:0px;
> margin-right:0px; -qt-block-indent:0; text-indent:0px; -qt-user-
> state:0;">&gt; solar setup is not able to give enough current to the
> ben for charging and</p>
> <p style=" margin-top:0px; margin-bottom:0px; margin-left:0px;
> margin-right:0px; -qt-block-indent:0; text-indent:0px; -qt-user-
> state:0;">&gt; running, maybe it's only supplying it 50mA or 
> less...</p>
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> state:0;">&gt; </p>
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> state:0;">&gt; </p>
> <p style=" margin-top:0px; margin-bottom:0px; margin-left:0px;
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> <p style=" margin-top:0px; margin-bottom:0px; margin-left:0px;
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> <p style=" margin-top:0px; margin-bottom:0px; margin-left:0px;
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> state:0;">&gt; On Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 11:15 PM,
> &lt;cenobyte at dragoncrypt.com&gt; wrote:</p>
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> state:0;">&gt; </p>
> <p style=" margin-top:0px; margin-bottom:0px; margin-left:0px;
> margin-right:0px; -qt-block-indent:0; text-indent:0px; -qt-user-
> state:0;">&gt; &gt; I have been charging my Ben with my solar setup
> (12v battery with AC</p>
> <p style=" margin-top:0px; margin-bottom:0px; margin-left:0px;
> margin-right:0px; -qt-block-indent:0; text-indent:0px; -qt-user-
> state:0;">&gt; &gt; inverter) for over 8 hours and the light has not
> turned off yet. Is it</p>
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> on it anymore, the</p>
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> state:0;">&gt; &gt; intelligence of turning off the red LED when
> charged is gone? Or is that a</p>
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> state:0;">&gt; &gt; hardware feature? Should it take this long to 
> charge?</p>
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