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X10 Issues Secure Battery Door Command with Door Closed
Recently we have found that some of the X10's will develop a problem of issuing the battery door ajar when it is actually closed.
January 3, 2013
11:21 pm
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Glad to help.

If I remember correctly somebody had the problem with the cover on.

We suspected a switch on the latch so a bunch of us on the old forum spent a few days trying different things to find the control for the "cover switch" when someone noticed the magnet.

I also tested the current draw while shut down with a magnet in and out.

That was before we knew what caused the current draw while shut down.

There was no difference on my 710, my 710 draws .47 mA while shut down, that translates to 239 days to kill my 2700 mAhour rechargeables.

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January 3, 2013
11:52 am
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phild31 said
The battery cover has a small magnet on one of the tabs that hook into the case.

I have found that when I place a small magnet in the case where the tab goes the 'battery door is ajar' message will not appear when powering off with the cover off.

Remove the magnet and the message will appear.

several members of the forum were experimenting several months ago to find why the message appeared, we speculated a switch in the lock mechanism or something else and then discovered the magnet.

There apparently is a magnetically operated switch/device under where the tab goes.

The red arrow points to the magnet;

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Thanks Phil,  Never would have figured that one out.

JG

January 3, 2013
3:19 am
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The battery cover has a small magnet on one of the tabs that hook into the case.

I have found that when I place a small magnet in the case where the tab goes the 'battery door is ajar' message will not appear when powering off with the cover off.

Remove the magnet and the message will appear.

several members of the forum were experimenting several months ago to find why the message appeared, we speculated a switch in the lock mechanism or something else and then discovered the magnet.

There apparently is a magnetically operated switch/device under where the tab goes.

The red arrow points to the magnet;

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When in trouble or in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout

January 2, 2013
11:18 am
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We have been running across an issue with some of the X10's developing a symptom of issuing a command that the battery door is ajar when you try to power the unit down.

Normally this is the correct command when the battery door is not attached but should not happen when the door is correctly attached.

But this can happen.  Our studies show that this problem is being caused by the battery cover itself.  Disassembling the battery door has not revealed to us the cause of the problem and we find that we have to substitute a new or used door.

Please be aware of this potential problem.

Mike

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