Charging stops!

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tomiso
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Charging stops!

Post by tomiso » Wed Oct 14, 2015 6:34 pm

Hi,
My first post!

I got my Ultra Smart Charger yesterday and I have some problems.
When i start a new charging cycle, the LED turns red and after 5 sec it starts blinking blue, it turns red again and then starts blinking blue.. You get the picture.

I have tried with different batteries and different usb ports. Even hooked the charger up with my cellphone charger. It does not make any difference.

Any ideas.
I can provide screenshots if needed.

Thanks!

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Re: Charging stops!

Post by Mark » Wed Oct 14, 2015 10:07 pm

Hi Tomiso,

That's actually quite normal when charging in "Normal" mode. In that mode, the charger will charge one slot for 5 seconds and then switch to charging the other slot for 5 seconds and so on. If only one slot is in use, it will charge that slot half the time and flash blue during the pauses.

If you're wanting it to charge a single cell without pausing, you can use the configuration manager software to change it to charge in "Fast" mode. When you have got it in this mode, if you insert 2 cells, it will first charge one cell completely and then start charging the other.

If you have any further problems, just let me know!

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Re: Charging stops!

Post by tomiso » Thu Oct 15, 2015 4:45 pm

Thanks for your reply!

Ok.
I changed to fast charging in USCManager.
It still changes between charging and waiting to charge, but the rate is much faster now.

Is there a reason why I dont get any charing information?
Please see the screenshot.

Image
http://imgur.com/eJzr3wI

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Re: Charging stops!

Post by Mark » Thu Oct 15, 2015 10:37 pm

Even in fast charging mode, it will pause for a fraction of a second every 5 seconds - just to measure the cell voltage whilst no current is flowing - it improves the accuracy of the measurement. You should just see the LED go from red during charging to briefly off without any time showing as blue - let me know if you're still seeing any blue.

I'm not sure why the data isn't being shown - what can you see under the "Data" tab?

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Re: Charging stops!

Post by tomiso » Fri Oct 16, 2015 5:39 pm

Hi!

I completed a full charge of a eneloop pro cell yesterday.

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2015-10-15 21:06:18 Charge Complete 2385.6 mAh 3504.5 mWh 143.2 minutes
But unfortunately there was no graphs or other charging info. Only rows of data under the data tab.

I need to find another PC to see if I get the same results there.

This is a screenshot of a new session with another battery.

Image
http://imgur.com/Uxwm504

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Re: Charging stops!

Post by Mark » Fri Oct 16, 2015 8:17 pm

That's all rather odd...

I've got an idea on what the problem might be - I'll try to take a look at it tonight and let you know what I find.

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Re: Charging stops!

Post by Mark » Tue Oct 20, 2015 4:29 am

Sorry about the delay in responding.

It looks like it's something to do with the localisation settings in Windows - I'll need to dig a bit deeper to find out where exactly the problem lies.

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Re: Charging stops!

Post by BigBoxDriver » Tue Oct 20, 2015 11:20 pm

Hi Mark,

you're probably on the right track. Based on my SW-development experience: different treatment of CSV files.

Europe: ; for separating as a standard (set in Windows), . as the separation in 1000er values (1.000)
US/AUStralia c for separating, , as the separation of 1000er values (1,000)

Should be easy to verify also by the original poster, just has to change his settings in the Windows Defaults Section on how windows should tread figures ....

thanks for all the work (+ software)


peter

eagerly waiting for the charger to get his HP200LX propperly powered :-)

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Re: Charging stops!

Post by RLBrooks » Wed Oct 21, 2015 2:02 am

Peter,
I saw you're an HP200LX user and I want to make you aware of a mailing list for that device. It's a great source for all things related to that DOS palmtop with members from all across the globe.

hplx mailing list
hplx@mail.eberl.com
http://eberl.com/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/hplx

Everyone else, I apologize for being off-topic!

Cheers... Russ

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Re: Charging stops!

Post by Mark » Thu Nov 05, 2015 12:04 am

OK, I've just updated the software to fix the issue where no data was showing - sorry it took so long for me to get back to this!

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