I have been trying to use our new RFR and every time I go to unplug the mini-USB from the charging port the unit dies. Could this be caused by a bad battery? When plugged in the unit functions normally and seems to always have a low battery warning but is still usable. When charging the unit is kept in the off position with the switch on top of the unit.
well, as I said above... because if you bang this...: http://www.supertech-inc.com/products/etc/etc%20radio%20rfu.jpg
...encased in sturdy metal casing, against iron bridge fences, portal ladders or safety guard bars or, god forbid, drop it from higher than 2m of height, is something completely different than if you doo do that with this:
and because in 97% of time we don't need much more of RFU's capabilities than turning channels on and of as fast and reliable as possible. when your production is aprox. 470 to 500 performances and 16 premieres (with 2/3 of their reherehearsals stage) per season (in 10 months) and theatre's light crew counts only four guys, you need a "tool", not a "toy" ;) don't get me wrong, I don't want to sound disrdisrespectfulbut simple, sturdy and reliable remote is something really usefusefulen if you can't "re-focus your mowingheads" or "label your cue" with it, like you can do on wi-fi "touchscreen devices"... the one from Expression line of consoles was like that! and Eos line one would be too, if its battery charge would last at least one day...
it seems I wrote something "undesirable", cause my previous post is still being "moderated" :)... but, as I said , we don't, because when your 10 month season production consists of 16 premieres and aprox. 470-500 performances and theatre's whole light crew is "made" out of just 4 guys that "service" 3 stages (ok. "two and a half" cause Studio's production is not that "numerous" :)... ), then you need a proper tool, not a "toy"! a sturdy and reliable tool, that can be banged and pressed against fences, ladders, portal tower guards, even dropped from various heights (by accident or when ones own safety becomes more important than the tool one uses)... and unlike the sensitive touchscreen devices, this WAS such tool: ... its replacement, though far more capable in its functions - isn't!! because of l*usy battery life... :( don't get me wrong, I mean no disrespect, I believe wi-fi touchscreen devices can be and are nice solution... but in our daily "rehearsal&performance turn-over", available focusing time and house rigging, they simply are not as usefull as good old sturdy metal rfu... on the other hand, if you look at rfu's price and the way its functionnality is crippled by battery depletion, not really "happy thoughts" cross ones mind and one would expect at least some manufacturers effort about it...
well, yeah... I guess we'll have to go for wi-fi touchscreen devices eventually... :( unless we nail our ancient ARRi Finesse console to the wall and use it for focusing, because its IR and radio rfu still work like brand new :))... later one even trough concreete wals ;) but you do get "p*ssed of ", when you have paid several tousand eur for a device that doesn't work propperly and manufacturer kind of doesn't give a damn about it... :(