[NTLK] I have a question about the way the eMate handles

Forrest newton_phoenix at mindspring.com
Thu Apr 1 02:59:24 PDT 2021

Hi Sonny,

Thanks for the response. Yes I tried freezing it, this time it did not work, but it has in the past.

The eMate is much the same as a MessagePad—but yet, different in certain ways. I did not realize that would be the case.


Sent from my T-Mobile iPhone 11

> On Mar 31, 2021, at 8:24 PM, Sonny Hung <sonnyhung at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Forrest,
>> On Wed, Mar 31, 2021 at 7:31 PM Forrest Buffenmyer <
>> newton_phoenix at mindspring.com> wrote:
>> I have a question about the way the eMate handles its battery charging
>> task, vs. the way the Newton does.
> I'm not sure nor am I technically inclined or knowledgeable enough on these
> detail and will refer them for Frank to be clarified.
> Briefly--I recently purchased a like-new eMate off eBay. Not a mark on it;
>> display intact with no marks or scratches. The seller had no way to power
>> it up, so it was sold as-is.
> I've had some Old  New Stock eMate 300 battery packs in my possession. In
> discussion with Frank, we discussed the possibilities of resuscitating them
> for use. Many if not most of them were in the state of Deep Toast as you
> mentioned below.
> Without the Y2K patch on my eMate 300, I began inserting them one at a time
> (first test batch of 8) to try charging them and see if they would first
> charge at all, and if they did how long of a run time they would last using
> Frank's battery log program.
> All I can say is that I had one maybe two of them come back to life. This
> is no guarantee that your success percentage will be high, but it says your
> results are not impossible.
> When I came back to it 3 days ago, it was fully discharged, so I connected
>> the eMate to power to recharge it. But again, it would not accept or hold a
>> charge. The eMate said it was "deepToast" and that I should replace it, for
>> those reasons.
> Deep Toast, base on my discussion with Frank at times might be possible to
> recover the battery if your try to condition the pack. I have somewhere in
> my stash of Newton Third-Party Accessories a multi-pack charging station
> for MP2000/2100 packs. However, I did at one time did think to modify it to
> condition eMate300 packs. However, I never begin the process and I'm at
> this time still trying to locate it in my storage stash.
> One other discussion with Frank about the eMate300 packs was that we could
> freeze the packs and then try charging them to see if they hold a charge.
> If I'm wrong Frank please correct me as these memories maybe a bit fuzzy as
> I age. This if I recall also applies to the MP2000/2100 packs too. YMMV but
> you might be able to resuscitate a pack, but the usage/hours might not be
> stable or consistent. I believe we used Frank's Battery Log app to test
> howling packs that were resuscitated lasted. I saved a few logs back then
> on oneeMate300. No idea where it is at this time.
> So now what happens? Do I tear down and rebuild what could be a
>> still-functioning battery pack...or do I wait until the issue shows up
>> again?
> You could try to bring it back to life or rebuild it. I can't give you the
> best choice on this. The cells are old and may not be stable. Re-celling a
> pack if done correctly is a better option if you can do it or pay for it.
>> Mahalo,
>> Forrest
>> Sent from my eMate 300
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