Two Questions!(Batteries and Printers)
Two questions. Both of these I have done a little research on, and come back with quite a bit of (sometimes conflicting) information, so I thought I'd ask the people who should know (those that use the Playbook all the time).
I accidentally left my PB switched on last night, and as the battery was already low it obviously ran right down and switched itself off. I tried turning it back on, and the battery meter said 0% and after about 20s it just powered down again. I plugged it in using the USB charger that comes in the box so charging from a mains socket, not a USB device. It must have taken 45-60 minutes for the battery meter to even get off 0% which caused me no small amount of panic, but it eventually started going up. However, it has now been on charge for 5.5 hours, and it is still not fully charged (though at 94% now). So question 1 is how long does it take for most people's playbook to charge from empty? Don't worry mentioning Battery Guru by the way, I've already been convinced that seems like an invaluable app, and will be downloading that soon.
EDIT: Finally reached full charge (Plug Icon over battery) after 5.75 hours. Is this normal for a charge from 0%?
Question2 - Is there an (easy?) way of printing directly from the PB, or do I have to transfer the file to a PC and print from there? At first I thought Print-To-Go was what I'm looking for, but that just seems to be a way of printing TO the PB (as a PDF).
EDIT - Actually, unless you have an amazing way of printing from the Playbook, don't bother answering thsi. I just found a thread that says pretty much it can't be done, except for the occasional special printer, or complicated techniques involving installing 'server' apps on PC which sound like more hassle than just transferring the file and printing from the computer...!
Suggestions and comments welcomed.
Last edited by ChrisMay; 01-17-13 at 10:01 AM. Reason: Additional Info.
- CrackBerry Genius
01-17-13, 09:57 AM #2
- 3,524 Posts
Is there a lightning bolt or plug icon over the battery? After you get the Battery guru app check the voltage. I belive 4.2 volts is fully charged.
If you have WiFi sharing set up:
On the PC highlight your file-right click and print. Don't need to transfer the file. You won't get all the printing options but it works fine for printing text.
- CrackBerry Abuser
01-17-13, 10:00 AM #3
- 415 Posts
Most new, cheap printers now have email addresses. You can email your docs from anywhere in the known universe and get it printed. There is also an App called "Print". You have to have your laptop turned on but when you print your docs, it goes directly to the printer. You don't have to do anything on your laptop.
- 01-17-13, 11:19 AM #5
Even the rapid chargers can take about 3.5 hours to recharge a pb.
Also don't try running anything when recharging if you want it to charge faster and fully. And while it may not be a great impact, each time you bring it out of standby to see what it's doing, you turn on the screen which is one of the biggest power drains and so probably slow the process.
- 01-17-13, 12:54 PM #6
Question2 - Is there an (easy?) way of printing directly from the PB, or do I have to transfer the file to a PC and print from there? At first I thought Print-To-Go was what I'm looking for, but that just seems to be a way of printing TO the PB (as a PDF.
- CrackBerry User
01-17-13, 09:15 PM #9
- 68 Posts
I use 'Print' by Daniel Bingham, as mentioned above, works perfectly well as long as your computer is on, and your printer. If your computer or printer are off, the document will print when you turn them on again. I've had no problems with this app, and find it quite valuable, at least until BB10 has it as a native function. Hope this helps!
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