Last week, Ian showed how to fix a missing clip on a SanDisk Sansa Clip Plus. I removed the clip from mine on purpose, and used it like that for years, but then I suddenly had a bigger problem: a missing battery.
During one of my usual DIY projects, my trusty old Clip Plus became the unfortunate victim of a stabbing. I manged to jam a blade into the battery of all things, causing it to make some unapproving noises and some unexpected fireworks. I thought it would be a goner after that, but once the battery was removed, the Clip Plus booted back up aided by USB power.
I have a 5000mAh external battery that I carry around to charge my gadgets when needed, and I figured I might as well pair the two and see what happened. As expected, the Clip Zip runs just fine off the battery, and if it’s slightly less portable. I’ve actually used it like that a couple of times – not for prolonged music listening sessions, but for situations when I needed a quick audio source or microSD formater.
I’m not sure how this system does in terms of energy loss, since it’s technically running in charging mode without a battery to charge and all that. However, the original battery is 330mAh, and gives a (rated) battery life of 15 hours. With no loss of energy, that should give about 230 hours on a single charge. Obviously you could just use such a battery with a working Clip, but there’s something about the thinness of the battery-less Clip Plus that almost makes me want to embed the thing into the 5000mAh battery itself.