Gear / Technical Help => Recording Gear => Topic started by: GLouie on March 14, 2022, 12:56:55 AM

Title: DR680mk1 RTC
Post by: GLouie on March 14, 2022, 12:56:55 AM
Does anyone know how long the Tascam DR680 time-date clock will retain its setting, with no AA batts or AC adapter? Or if it needs to be on or off with the AC adapter to charge the RTC battery? Or if AA batts will help?

Since getting my MixPre, I put the DR680 in the closet and removed the Eneloops; the clock reset after about a year, I think - I didn't check it at all. If I knew that plugging it into the AC every 6 months or somesuch could preserve the clock, I might do that.

I also have a mkII at work, any info on that would also be good. I'm still ticked that they used different DC plugs, tho.
Title: Re: DR680mk1 RTC
Post by: datbrad on March 14, 2022, 09:19:12 PM
I've learned recently that around the 10 year mark the lithium battery soldered to the main board in flash recorders can die. It happened to my 13 year old PMD-661. To me it's not worth the time or cost to fix it. The clock resets every time the deck is shut off, regardless of power supply. Now I just include a time/date setting step in my routine whenever I run that deck (rarely last couple years).