(This article applies to the charging docks supplied with Olives Pre July-2018)
We would once again like to offer a sincere apology regarding the issues with the Olive cradle. As previously mentioned, we have identified the issue and have placed safe-guards in the next-gen cradle. Please find below work-around #2. We are still looking for other easier solutions to remedy the situation.
Please follow the steps below:
Olive cradle battery bypass work-around #2:
You will need:
1) Flush cutter or diagonal cutter
2) X-acto knife (cutter)
1. Unplug the cradle from the USB cable and remove the Olive.
2. Carefully pry the four (4) edges of the cradle bottom cover to remove it.
3. Remove the battery and varistor by pulling the plug out.
4. Identify resistor R10 (the red box marks the spot). The objective is to cut R10 to bypass the battery charging circuit, allowing the Olive to charge from USB supply only. Zoomed high resolution pictures attached at the end of this article.
5. Using the x-acto knife or cutting tweezers, gently cut resistor R10 as show. If using an x-acto knife, be sure to cut away from the other components as shown (4b).
4a: Using cutting tweezers
4b: Using an x-acto knife or equivalent
4c: After removing R10
6. Test it out. Plug in the cradle USB cable and insert the Olive. It should start the glowing LED charging sequence. The Olive will indicate a full charge by turning the LED off.
Update 10/20: High Resolution Microscope Pictures
We've taken high resolution pictures of resistor R10. Please find them attached to this guide.
Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns regarding work-around #2 by leaving a comment below.
Olive Union Support & Engineers