In the first few days of using my Reform, I accidentally let the battery discharge completely. Ever since, I have encountered various issues with the batteries & battery indicator.
The batteries were so deeply discharged that for a long time, I could not start or use the computer whatsoever unless it was plugged in and charging, and the Circle+B menu showed 0.0V on at least 3 cells. I was able to get 7 replacement cells, which work well, and I also managed to revive a few of the original cells using an external charger. With the replacement cells & revived cell, the laptop now works even when it is not plugged in.
I thought that would be the end of my battery struggles, but the 8th cell, one of those which I revived, shows spotty performance. It seems to deplete much faster than the other 7 cells, and consistently displays a lower voltage on the Circle+B menu (around 3.5V for the healthy cells, vs. anywhere from 0.0V → 3.3V for the “undead” cell). Additionally, the battery percentage is almost never accurate - it usually displays 100% for an extended time, and then rapidly declines to 0% within the span of minutes.
This morning, I started the laptop and noticed that the battery was empty, and refused to accept charge. I assume that it had not properly entered the power-save mode the last time I had shut it down the night before. I always shut down via the command line first, and then use Circle+0 afterwards to be safe. Nevertheless, I swapped out the 8th cell with another one of the revived original batteries, and then began recharging.
The battery status was unknown (
???) for some amount of time, and after reaching what I assume is full charge, it has decided that it is actually 0%. It is assuredly not at 0% battery, since I can disconnect the charger and use the computer normally. It has not changed from 0% in several hours. I am not sure whether this is strictly a problem with the 8th, half-functional battery cell, or if there is also an issue with the battery status indicator.
Here’s the battery indicator now (0%, On, between 3.2V → 3.5V):
I would like to know if anyone has any thoughts about this, or if there’s a potential fix that I have not tried yet. I am already using the recommended updated keyboard and LPC firmware. I try to take great care of the batteries in all of my electronics, so as not to over-charge or over-discharge. As such, not being able to view the battery status accurately is worrying to me.
P.S. I have tried turning it off and on again - numerous times