Topic: Please clarify 9 Volt issue
Since there is voltage (11.5 Volts) being sent to the 9 Volt battery clip is is apparent that a rechargeable cell is required.
Installing an alkaline cell on a recharging circuit dangerous.
IMHO The Chembytes should clarify this issue.
In another thread there is a moderator suggesting to people to install 9 volt batteries into their Chumby. Is this the official stance?
Will a rechargeable cell work? What exactly will it do? will it hold the control panel in memory as well as the time? in case of power loss?
IMHO it is not unreasonable to let the masses know about what that 9 volt clip is for. It is supposed to be an open system. why not tell us?
Maybe Chumby wants to SELL us a special 9 volt battery. The voltage on the clip is the same as that on the charger pads on my lithium 9 volt charger.
I know there are several types of rechargeable 9 volt chemistry's. I know this can make for some confusion and potential danger if the wrong battery is used in the wrong type of charger. What type of charger is built into the Chumby? Is there some type of software access to the battery circuit which will show charging status? Is this meant for a later update?
Anyway guys cut us a little slack. If this is in fact a dangerous issue Chumby users deserve to know. Many are natural experimenters and will find an unused 9V clip too much to resist. somebody sticks the wrong battery on there and the next thing you know their chumby ends up in flames. God forbid somebody's house burns down.
If the clip is not meant to be used maybe The chumby company should cut the clip off in order to prevent just such an accident. Maybe full disclosure would be cool so us end users can act safely while still experimenting in the name of chumby fun.
Oh and have a happy New Year.