Manual doesn't really cover this, actually it really doesn't cover much of anything.
I would have assumed, that you could turn off the MiFi so that when charging it, it is all going towards charging. I had it connected to my Toshiba Netbook with the netbook off, but it plugged into the USB port. The Toshiba will do charging on USB ports when it is off.
The MiFi had the Green On button on, but there doesn't seem to be a way to turn it off, so it charges.
3 hours after I left it like that, I checked it and basically the battery was dead... so it is not charging.
Now I have it connected to the AC charger, but even then it still has the service light on. I want it offline so that I get fully charged before I leave in the morning.
How do you do that?
Manual examples... Pg 5 shows the device and the three items (power, USB, Service Status)... but then there is nothing that goes into any detail about any of those. PG 11 says plug in the AC adapter and charge it at least 2.5 hours to ensure a full charge. How do I know there is a full charge??
Then there are 30+ pages that have nothing to do with the device at all. How got get assistance... Wouldn't need assistance if they provided some real documentation.
I just purchased an external battery system to deal with this. 4hrs assuming you get that much time is not enough as the netbook lasts up to 9 hours. If I am out in the field, I don't want to have to plug into an outlet for power because many time there is no power available.
The external battery system I've been told it will run the MiFi for at least 12 hours and can be used to provide power for just about anything like that (Cell phones for example).
It is called a Tekkeon TekCharge Rechargeable Li-Poly Battery.
I should have it tomorrow and will be playing with it over the weekend.
I saw it on EVDO Forum but didn't get from there.
Started the test this afternoon at Noon.
Setup my Toshiba Netbook (nb205) which is plugged into the wall and configured to not turn off.
It is connected to the MiFi via WiFi and is on one of my weather pages which I reconfigured to refresh every 2 minutes. Each page causes about 22 HTML requests and generates about 90k worth of data.
The MiFi is plugged into the the extended battery on it which I charged to full last night.
I will let this run until the MiFi runs out of power.
This would pretty much simulate my type of usage during the day while in the field. I'm on a long time, but not really doing a lot of connectivity. Normally, when I'm in the field, I don't plug the Netbook in at all, so being on for a long period or stretch of time would be unusual, but having the MiFi accessible regardless would be necessary.
I plan on trying another test tomorrow where I would use the most network usage I typically do, which would be using SlingMedia to watch a TV broadcast. I don't do it very often, and never do it for a long time, but it will be a good test of a heavily used connection.
At that point, the extended battery was still not showin signs of quitting and the MiFi itself was 100% charged. So if the extended battery had quit right then, the MiFi would have kept going another 3-4 hours getting it close to 18 hours.
At 10 hours, I increased the number of web pages being accessed by 4 for a total of 5. This kept access via the MiFi constant.
At 12 hours, I added a Slingbox Media stream which played a TV channel until I turned it off.
I don't really see much point in doing any more testing as this is much longer than I would ever use the device at one time and the Netbook if I were in the field would have needed to be plugged into the all by then. If I could do that, they the entire setup would have kept on going indefinately.
The MiFi never dropped signal during the entire test.