X42 - Rechargeable Batteries Tips

Here are some tips for rechargeable batteries:

 - 1.2V is normal for rechargeable batteries.

 - NiMH (nickel-metal hydride) batteries work better than NiCad (nickel-cadmium) batteries. Check to make sure you are not using NiCad.

 - Rechargeables need to be fully charged up, even if it says they come "pre-charged" on the package.

 - Rechargeable batteries don't last forever. Old batteries can't hold a charge as well as new batteries. Eventually, the batteries will hold only a weak charge, at which point you'll need to replace your rechargeable batteries. We recommend the "Sanyo Eneloop" brand.

 - Low-quality or old rechargeable batteries can cause a screeching noise in your headset. 

 Click here for an official Turtle Beach video on how to get the most out of your rechargeable batteries.

A good pair of "Alkaline" batteries should last at least 20 hours in your Ear Force X-series wireless headset. "Heavy Duty" or "Standard" batteries will not last as long as Alkaline batteries. "Lithium" batteries may also be used. While these are quite a bit more expensive, they are supposed to last up to seven times longer than typical alkaline batteries.

Sometimes when a battery fails, it may leave residue on the battery terminals inside your headset. If this happens, battery life will be decreased. You may use a Q-tip with some isopropyl alcohol to clean off the affected terminal(s). A good cleaning should restore the battery life to about 20 hours per pair (alkaline).

Alkaline or NiMH Rechargeable batteries are a good option. Even though they don't last as long, you can keep a second pair of batteries charging up while you use your first pair. When the first pair loses charge, swap them out for the second (charged) pair, and so on. It's a bit more work but will save you money in the long run - especially if you play Xbox a lot.

Please note that the headset may have a shorter battery life in a dense RF environment due to data retransmission. If the headset's receivers "drop the line" repeatedly and have to constantly attempt to re-connect to the transmitter, then the headset may use up batteries too quickly.  As a test, temporarily turn off all the other Wireless RF devices except for our headset and see if this improves the battery life expectancy.

Devices that may interfere: (this is only a list of what may cause the problem)
- A wireless home PC network ("WiFi") 
- Cordless phones
- Wireless Xbox controller 
- Wireless Xbox network interface/connection 
- Wireless network adapters in several computers 
- A neighbor with a wireless home network 


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