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:
- 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
- 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.