Basic Battery Information for Symbol CE and Palm Terminals

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Question

Basic Battery Information for Symbol CE and Palm Terminals

Facts

Batteries for PDTxx, PPTxx, SPTxx

Answer

This article details some fairly common topics regarding rechargeable batteries for Symbol Pocket PC and Symbol Palm OS terminals.
  1. Date Code – is a 4 digit code on the battery. The first 2 digits represent the year. The next 2 digits represent the week number of the year.
  2. Shelf life on a battery prior to being sold is 2 years. Batteries are kept charged.
  3. Depending on usage, radio, backlight, and power configurations, batteries average a lifetime of 300 – 500 charging cycles (about 18 months).
  4. NiCad batteries need to be drained to fully charge. It is best to fully discharge the battery before charging.
  5. Lithium batteries should not be fully discharged, as this can damage the battery.