Making sure you get the best life from your smartpen

Many times a week I’m contacted by customers who’ve purchased a Livescribe smartpen and (for reasons I can’t fathom), they put it in a drawer for years and years. The fact is, with modern digital devices – anything that has small LithIon batteries and OLED or LCD screens – they need regular use so as to ensure the various components function properly.

Here are the two key tips for ensuring you extend the life of your Livescribe smartpen:

  1. Don’t put it in a drawer or not use it for any longer than 6 months at time. If you don’t need to use it, make a calendar entry and get it out, start it up, etc for at least 30mins every few months
  2. Don’t overcharge it. The battery only needs 3+ hours of charge to go from close to flat to 100% – don’t charge it like you might your iPhone (i.e. overnight).

Finally, the effective life of your smartpen is between 3-4 years of good regular use. if you get 3+ years of regular+ use – its time to upgrade. You’ve worked the components pretty hard, just accept its due for retirement.

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About Mark Parker

Mark Parker is the founder of Smart Selling International Pty Ltd. Smart Selling International is a niche technology market launch expert - helping technology companies launch and grow their brands in Australia, New Zealand, and parts of Asia. Mark is focused on Augmented and Virtual Reality, IoT, and digital data capture devices. You can find him online at - Twitter (@smartselling or @smartpen), LinkedIn - http://au.linkedin.com/in/smartselling
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