I had a Clip fail recently with a sudden leap in volume followed by ‘deadness’ but the worrying aspect was the Clip kept getting hotter. So hot that although I was parked, I didn’t drive on until I was sure the Clip wouldn’t overheat to the point of flammability. The USB connector metal shroud was definitely too hot to touch and I was using my hands to try and conduct heat from the casing.
When I got home and the Clip had cooled I tried the short ‘restart’ method but thought the thing was dead as I assumed the battery (or its charging circuit) had internally shorted, so being only week, or less, old I took it back the retailer for a replacemen. The retailer had no stock and offered a refund, although I noticed a different colour same capacity Clip on a stand as I was leaving. When I challenged the retailer (a chain) the reason given was my unit was previous stock/reduced price, where as this was new stock/higher price.
Anyhow with this particular failure I was doubtful if I wanted to chance another Clip if overheating and early failure is likely. OTOH I haven’t found anything similar at the pricepoint which doesn’t have other foibles, so I’m considering the Clip again.
At the time I was using the Clip in the car, usually alone but sometimes with an attached USB/accessory socket to recharge as I go. Usually I would connect all before switching on the Clip, but that day I switched the Clip on noticed the charge was low and plugged the USB in. The clip didn’t fail immediately but around the time it takes for the clip to sense it has a USB attachment. The Clip failure also ‘blew’ the USB/accessory socket unit, but I later found it had an internal fuse, and seems to be working now with that fuse (250v 1A) replaced.
There was something strange about my Clip, or my particular PC (running XP SP2) in that it wouldn’t boot with the Clip attached, only if the Clip was attached after booting, otherwise OK.
Is pluggin in a USB power cord while the Clip is ‘on’, a known cause of failure and/or overheating or was I just unlucky?
Message Edited by icarusi on 07-28-2009 10:02 AM