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twynne
2009-10-11, 07:57
I don't see the battery available for purchase anywhere as yet - is there an ETA for this for the UK?

Thanks,

Tom

testmatch
2009-10-11, 09:08
I've asked the same thing a few times and not had an answer. However I finally found one in the comments to http://blog.logitech.com/2009/09/03/logitech-unveils-squeezebox-radio-and-squeezebox-touch/

It appears we will get it "starting in December" according to the Director of Business Development.

Regards,

John

twynne
2009-10-11, 09:58
Thanks John.

I found this (mentioning November) as well: http://www.logitechsqueezebox.com/products/squeezebox-radio.html#tab3

... though that could be November for the US.

gdpeck
2009-10-11, 16:23
I've seen the links for the battery and it looks to be bundled with a remote control only. My plea to Logitech is, please sell the battery separately. I have other squeezeboxes and don't need or want another squeezebox remote. I'm likely to skip the battery all together if it is only available bundled with the remote. Thanks!

dean
2009-10-11, 16:28
It's really unlikely that the products will be unbundled, except as
replacement parts:

https://secure.slimdevices.com/categories.php?category=Accessories

That said, the cost of the battery is so much more than the remote
that selling them separately probably wouldn't save you much money (if
any) at all.


On Oct 11, 2009, at 4:23 PM, gdpeck wrote:

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> I've seen the links for the battery and it looks to be bundled with a
> remote control only. My plea to Logitech is, please sell the battery
> separately. I have other squeezeboxes and don't need or want another
> squeezebox remote. I'm likely to skip the battery all together if it
> is
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MelonMonkey
2009-10-11, 19:28
Dean, care to provide any info on the battery pack? I mean technical info, not marketing info. What are all the wires for? Pin assignments? Is there a thermistor wired onto the pack?

It would have been so much more convenient for non-idiots to have had the ability to just insert 10 NiMH AA cells. Of course you'd get the brainiacs burning out the units by inserting alkalines or other non-compatible chemistries. :)

US$50 is still way too steep (IMO) for a 10 cell pack. Logitech is taking a play from DeWalt here it seems. ;) At $200 I'd really expect the Radio to come with the pack and remote bundled. Especially if Logitech's manufacturing margins have been streamlined and proportioned in a similar fashion to their Harmony unit (inside info from some employee on that front).

That said, I still think the Radio is a good value at $200 and I'm in for at least one to add to my existing setup. Though likely two, as I think one would go very well in our daughter's nursery.

And yeah, if Logitech is paying more than $2 for that remote, they're overpaying.

peterw
2009-10-11, 20:56
Dean, care to provide any info on the battery pack? I mean technical info, not marketing info. What are all the wires for? Pin assignments? Is there a thermistor wired onto the pack

Caleb answered most of those questions; see this thread: http://forums.slimdevices.com/showthread.php?p=460161&highlight=thermistor#post460161

Some of the wires in the Radio's battery connector apparently are for a serial port that's mainly intended for Logitech's use in servicing the devices. I've asked a couple times for the pinouts, as I think it could be fun to make a DB9 serial port for Radio, but nobody's provided that info.

twynne
2009-10-12, 01:15
I've seen the links for the battery and it looks to be bundled with a remote control only. My plea to Logitech is, please sell the battery separately. I have other squeezeboxes and don't need or want another squeezebox remote. I'm likely to skip the battery all together if it is only available bundled with the remote. Thanks!

I'd have to agree on this (as I've said before), I really don't need another remote. Also anything which brings down the cost of the (already pricy) battery is welcome.

It's ridiculous to end up with another remote every time you purchase a battery. Imagine Nokia selling you another charger every time you buy a battery. I just can't see the logic in this at all.

twynne
2009-10-12, 13:39
Another battery-related question:

When running on battery power does the Radio display the battery level? Is there a warning when battery level is getting low?

Thanks,

Tom

twynne
2009-10-12, 13:43
Another battery-related question:

When running on battery power does the Radio display the battery level? Is there a warning when battery level is getting low?

Thanks,

Tom

Apologies - found it in the 'Feature Guide', pg. 8.:

"Battery The battery icon shows battery strength or that battery is charging"