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 Mercury Removal - But No replacement 
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 Post subject: Re: Mercury Removal - But No replacement
PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:49 am 
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Paul C wrote:
Battery failure


That's not good news - it states that if the battery runs dry there's a risk of ruining it.
This is now getting silly.

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 Post subject: Re: Mercury Removal - But No replacement
PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:27 pm 
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Paul - my understanding is that you only connect to the back-up battery when you are removing the primary one to charge, so the back-up will never kick in when the primary fails.
I was not told to have both connected at the same time and to turn the dial to top centre - so a battery failure on the primary means lost data.

there has to be a better way

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 Post subject: Re: Mercury Removal - But No replacement
PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 7:50 pm 
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Well was told to have both installed and have +1 and plus 2 dialed in. So if the main battery dies, it automatically switches to the smaller backup battery.

Clearly this didnt happen.

I left the smaller one connected and tried the switch in all settings, non worked. I removed the battery and brought it back to the house, put on charge it showed full !

I have contacted Matt and hopefully a spare smaller one being sent out soonest. What we need to do is to report any loss of battery/power to him, the more queries he gets the more Met Office HQ will have to do something about it - the cost of all this change must be huge !!
Matt is keen to get some kind of warning light added to the system to show low battery - hope this is the case.

I am in a fortunate position as I dont work and can change the battery. But I fear for other stations that reply on the goodwill of family and friends that an observer may go on on holidays and returns to find flat batteries, no data and a worried relative apologizing that they didnt know what to do.

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