some questions about the BB playbook bluetooth keyboard
whoo hooo just got mine!
- how long do they go before they need a recharge?
- should you turn it off when you're not using it to save the charge,
- or is it bad to keep turning it on and off;
- or maybe it powers down on its own like the playbook?
thanks for any help
- 12-16-12, 04:21 AM #2
Had mine almost a month now haven't found out how long it will go without a charge yet, but I've gone two weeks before the second charge. That's with me turning it off when not in use. L-ion batteries take a few charges to get up to their full capcity, so frequent top offs won't hurt. I've been told by other posters that it will go a month between charges when left on all the time.
Turning it on and off won't hurt it, that being my practice at least once a day. That being said, I wouldn't leave it paired to the PB constantly as that would shorten your battery life of the PB. If that's not an issue, leave them paired. To my knowledge and experience with mine, it doesn't power down when left on and not used. I leave mine on most all day and it's always been ready when I started typing or used the trackpad.
I love mine and now couldn't imagine being without it. Good luck with it and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do mine.
- CrackBerry Abuser
12-16-12, 12:57 PM #4
- 104 Posts
It lasts a loooonnnnggg time between charges but that's about as precise as I can get . I rarely turn mine off (strap from the case partially covers the switch so it's a pain to do anyway). While it doesn't turn OFF on its own, it does go into sleep mode if you're not using it, so I find you need to hit a key and wait a second or two for it to re-connect to the PB BT if you haven't used it for a while. I leave the BT on my PB on and I don't think it hurts the battery life that much, but I haven't really tested it.
- 12-16-12, 05:27 PM #7
Right, if you leave the keyboard on but turn off the PB BT they will no longer be paired. Some say that leaving BT on does make a noticable battery drain but I work all day with my PB and phone bridged most of that time (which is using BT) and haven't noticed that much difference in drain. I usually turn my keyboard on first of the day and usually don't turn it off until evening. I see no problem with leaving it on as some suggest. Like I said, I still have no idea how long it will last without charging as I top mine off every few days out of convenience.
No, BT has no effect on data or internet. You can use the keyboard with wifi on or off. As for topping off, I would do a full charge and then recharge in a few days acouple of times and then let it go. The problem with the keyboard is you have no idea the status of its charge until its too late, hence my top offs when convenient.
- 12-16-12, 06:07 PM #8
right so I'll turn off BT only, and it sounds like that should do it and maybe give it a good charge in a week or so. The trouble is the keyboard doesn't have any way to tell you how low is and I'm not sure how long it takes to charge it.
- 12-16-12, 06:46 PM #10
- 12-16-12, 07:32 PM #12
I've had mine since May and have charged it twice. I guess it will depend on what you use it for and for how long. It seems to have very good stand by time.
I just wish it had arrow keys for moving around the text field.
- 12-16-12, 08:41 PM #13
Also I've had mine since June and try to remember to charge it once a month, but sometimes forget. Recharging takes very little time - maybe an hour tops. I leave my keyboard on all the time - always paired.
- CrackBerry Abuser
12-17-12, 02:27 PM #16
- 197 Posts
Nice unit but.....
It appears that the PB has to either be removed from the keyboard case or laid flat and the standard wall charger used to charge the PB. . Bit of a bummer because I have a fast charging stand and use it exclusively.
Not that easy to get PB out of the case either.
Considering the fire sales on both the charging stand and the keyboard/case, perhaps RIM is redesigning them. Hopefully not abandoning us....
- 12-17-12, 02:43 PM #17
Oh my my my, Fed X came a day early. I got in on the $45 deal & I'm loving the heck out of this thing. Gonna take me a little time to get used to it being a mini keyboard. Was using my HP Touchpad keyboard typing in evernote, got ready to leave for lunch when a co-worker said "hey, this package came for you".
- 12-17-12, 05:44 PM #19
- 12-17-12, 11:02 PM #20
What really sets this apart for me is the keyboard combined with the touchpad - and mobility to boot. *I use a rapid charger, & it really doesn't hinder it's use - just lay it flat open. *I can see myself using the PB more productively now (personally & professionally) & not just as a media consumption device. *I think I paid $18 for the HP touchpad keyboard, & I'm sure I would have had to spend more than that for a Bluetooth mouse, and then I would have had to buy an attache case to carry everything around in, and in that case I might as well carry a laptop- so, in one sense I can say I have probably the smallest, most powerful, little laptop in town. *Dang, prices may go back up when BB10 hits this thing.
- 12-18-12, 01:55 AM #21
Re: some questions about the BB playbook bluetooth keyboard
- CrackBerry Abuser
12-18-12, 09:48 AM #22
- 197 Posts
Too bad the base lies flat. If the book end and the bottom (that the KB sits on) formed a 90deg angle, and the flip out support were longer, then the charging and HDMI ports would be more usable when the PB is in the case.
So I suppose I need to find someone who has too many travel chargers and would like to swap for an almost unused charger stand!! Or wait for the next fire sale.
To be honest, I wish I hadn't bought the keyboard. The touch pad is just as sensitive as the touch screen, so still get unwanted links opening up when moving cursor across screen. No ability to scroll web pages making arrow keys the most useful thing. But the case is nice!
Last edited by kwelamnp; 12-18-12 at 09:59 AM.
- 12-18-12, 11:37 AM #23
I understand your preferences and to each his own, but it doesn't defeat the purpose to literally take two seconds for me to pop the PB out of the case and put it in my charger dock. I've yet to see any keyboard case that would fit in a dock, so this one is no different than any other in that regard. I'm just glad that the PB comes out as easily as it does, which allows it to be more versatile for ME. There are always compromises and you choose which ones you want. I like using the dock, and this keyboard case in no way prevents me from using it. Actually it works nicely when in the dock on my desk and using the keyboard as a remote. I do understand you prefer not to take it out of the case to use the dock, but no keyboard case will allow that, so any dock is out for you with any keyboard/case combo. That being said, I agree you shouldn't have purchased it.
As to the rapid charger use while in the keyboard case, mine works fine by putting a book under the prop stand. I saw on another forum where the poster velcroed an extension on his stand, which allowed the use of the rapid charger also. I understand these are work-arounds, but to me and others the keyboard is worth the workarounds. On the scrolling, I find the two fingered scrolling works better than the arrows on web and documents and is much faster, but thats me.
I know its frustrating to purchase an accessory that doesn't fit your needs or preferences. I'll be glad to buy yours for the right price
Last edited by rotorwrench; 12-18-12 at 11:56 AM.
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