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I got a Sanza Fuze+ mp3player, new, but completely empty battery. The device can not charge like this, but needs to be set into a recovery mode, get a 688 byte loader, and can just then charge. Who builds things like this? Rockbox wiki to the rescue.
Anyway, should now make a nice capable mp3 player :)

@globalc
That's an discontinued player, right? So it lay long on some shelf? But yeah, empty battery charging seems to be hard.

@zhenech Yep, discontinued, and seemed to be locked away somewhere for long. Well, better than the device being returned by someone.. but it seems unused.

@globalc
I've seen similar behavior with smartphones, but there it would actually charge, very slowly, but not boot up the cpu/lcd to display the fact. And then after half an hour or an hour, when the battery had enough power to run for a few minutes, the phone would boot up* and fast charge the rest. Scared the shit out of me more than once.

* Usually only a minimal boot, like recovery or so, just displaying a huge battery on the screen.

@globalc
On an semirelated note. you can swap those small sansa batteries with ones with bigger charge. I changed my sansa clips to one's with 3x the mAh-mperage and it did make a noticeable change.

@epilys Good to know, thanks. Looked at instructions about exchanging already, not yet sure how good the battery is.

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