Dead Visor

Filed under:General — eric @ 12:09 pm

One day shy of exactly a year after it arrived, my Hanspring Visor has given up the ghost. I don’t know what the problem is exactly, but I suspect the built-in rechargable battery developed a short in its connection with the unit, and now it doesn’t work at all. The warrenty was only for 90 days, and the repair cost will be just a few dollars shy of buying a new one. So I guess I’ll need to hunt around on ebay for a cheap replacement. I’ve grown far too attached to the thing to just not use it anymore.


  1. Eric, I don’t know which Visor you had, but I just bought the Neo, my first handheld. It doesn’t have rechargeable batteries - runs on two AAAs - and seems to do everything I need, plus. I got a great deal online, through Office Max. After the mail-in rebate, my cost is $69, plus tax.

    Comment by La Di Da — 12/26/2002 @ 12:30 pm

  2. Here’s how i repaired a seemingly dead Visor battery.

    I ordered a second hand replacement battery from palm-medic in Canada http://www.palmmediccanada.com but also see them for sale at http://www.handspringbattery.com/ in the USA. (I’m in the UK).

    So after I received the replacement battery, and my visor was alive again, I examined the old, dead battery more closely. The voltage across the connector terminals was absolute zero. This stuck me as strange as I would expect at least a little, residual charge.

    I removed the white shrink-wrap from the battery, revealing a small circuit attached to the battery. This is no doubt related to charging the battery when docked. I then measured the voltage across the top and bottom of the “unwrapped” battery - it was just over 3 volts. So it appeared that the small circuit board was the problem.

    I took a regular 9v battery and attempted to charge the visor cell from it, aliging the +ve and -ve terminals to each other, + to +, and - to -. i.e. not connecting to the wire terminal connected to the small circuit, but directly to the battery. I thought it was at least worth a try as I had a replacement battery at this point and was not worried about blowing the old one up!. After only a minute, I disconnected the 9v cell and measured the voltage across battery. It had risen from 3v to 3.4v. I then measure the voltage across the wire terminals and it measured the same (previously was 0v).

    So I hooked it back up to my visor and it worked!

    Comment by Pete Shields — 2/7/2003 @ 8:34 am

  3. Pete did you get your visor to charge after putting the old battery back in. I just did the same thing but still cannot get it to charge in the cradle.

    Comment by Jack Wagner — 10/13/2003 @ 10:57 am

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