> In the owners manual for my new IIIx, it states that only alkaline
>batteries may be used. I'm curious, though, if anyone has used
>rechargeable batteries, the type, and how it affected the IIIx.
>Basically, is there a reason why I have to keep tossing batteries away?
> Furthermore, I notice that there is a program available called
>BatteryInfo V 1.2 which claims to be able to re-calibrate the IIIx for
>rechargeable NiCad batteries. Yet the program writer clearly states
>that 3Com thinks this is a really bad idea? Again, why?
> Does it mess with the battery sensing algorithm?
>Thanks for any answers.
The main reason, I believe, for discouraging the use of rechargables is
that when they drop dead they do so very suddenly. Hence, by the time you
notice that the batteries are dangerously low (one volt per cell), it may
be too late to change batteries without losing data. Now NiMH batteries
have twice the capacity of NiCd and don't drop dead quite as suddenly. I
have been using them for months with no problems. But, when the total
voltage is down to 2.0 volts, I change them promptly, whereas with
alkalines, I am quite willing to tickle the dragon's tail.
Herb and/or Lee Kanner
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