charging problems about new arrived SanDisk 2GB Sansa Clip MP3 Player

I bought a SanDisk 2GB Sansa Clip MP3 Player from Walmart and it just arrived yesterday.
I followed the instruction and connected it to the laptop to charge it.
But the charging indicator is not stably showed. I mean it sometimes blinks as the instruction says. But it just stays the same as running out battery indicator and no blinking sometimes.
And I find it never reach the full charge since I connect it to the laptop.
I am really mad with it because I planned to use it on Monday to record classes.
Could you please help me with it?
And how many hours should it be connected with laptop to get a good start for the battary at the 1st time?
Thank you very much!

Welcome tdingan,

I can think of two possibilities:

  • Perhaps there’s a power-saving option enabled that turns off the USB power after a while. Depending on the OS you’re running, you can disable this feature.
  • Maybe the laptop doesn’t supply enough power to the USB port. What other USB devices are you using? You could try plugging the Clip to a desktop PC and see if it works there.

A charging time of 3 to 5 hours should be normal. I remember it took roughly 4 hours the first time I charged it.

About the recording: keep in mind that the Clip records in uncompressed WAV format, so that’ll take about 165 MiB per hour. Of course, you can convert the recordings to MP3 afterwards to reduce their size.


Thank you!

I will try the desk PC. If it works, it’s not a good news for me.

Actually I only have a  laptop. So it means I have to spend 3-4hrs to charge the clip on other’s PC , right?

Yes.  Or you can choose a wall USB charger (which WalMart, and many other places, also sell–some cellphone and GPS chargers also work).

@tdingan wrote:

So it means I have to spend 3-4hrs to charge the clip on other’s PC , right?

 Yes, but only if the battery is completely drained. If you connect it often (to transfer a few songs every couple of days, for example) it will always stay almost full. :stuck_out_tongue:

Thank you all!

There are many things to learn about this clip!

I am sure I will love it.