Question about Logitech Harmony 880 LCD Remote Control
My Harmony 880 won't charge on the docking station even when the blue light is on. I have already bought a new battery on line from Logitech and that doesn't seem to help. Could the docking station be bad? It's only a couple years old.
I took the rubber feet off(4) from the underside of the cradle - removed the four screws and separated the top half of the cradle from the bottom. This exposes the two long thin charging arms and points All one piece). I then took some doubled sided tape, similar to what you use to put up temporary 3m picture hooks and cut four small pieces about 1/8th in square. Join two of the pieces back to back to make one piece (double original thickness), then raise one of the long charging arms gently and place the piece of double sided tape under the head of the arm (ie under the very end where the rounded point is, that sticks though the cradle when reassembled (there are two of these). Do this to the other arm.
Why - by inserting the doublesided tape you permanently raise the arms without bending them - ie they will now stay in that position and not bend out of shape, losing contact again . With the cradle reassembled, put the remote back in the cradle you will have more direct contact with the two charging pins. FIXED!!!!!!!! Good luck1
Posted on Jun 20, 2009
I learned this trick when I was a kid playing with my HO road race set. I would get dead spots on the track where the little car would just stop. I learned that if I rubbed a pencil eracer on the spot it would do a great job at cleaning the tarnish off the track. I had the same problem with my harmony 880 not charging on the base. I cleaned the contacts with an eracer and it now charges perfectly. I hope this trick works for you as well. My remote had gone completely dead and I first thought that the remote went bad or the battery died but I remembered what I did with the road race track and it cured the problem.
Posted on Feb 23, 2009
For Battery and charging related problems with the Harmony 880 checkout the following very useful post and thread:
Hope this helps folks with a variety of different issues.
Posted on Jan 06, 2008
I had the same problem, All you have to do is clean the contacts on both the remote, and charger stand with a little alcohol and a q-tip. Should be fine until all the dust and grime build up again. Worked great for me. ps i've had my remote for about 3 yrs now.
Posted on Jul 26, 2009
All these solutions are great, but I have had several 880's, and they all broke for various reasons, currently have 2 890's and neither one charges without a fix, yes they work, but this is simply unacceptable for a product that retailed for over $300.00. I won't buy anything from Logitech anymore period and I use to buy a lot of their computer accessories for my offices.
Posted on Mar 13, 2010
Son of a gun these solutions in total work. Took top of charger off, (removed 4 srews under pads.)
Cut small strips of plastic from supermarket dongel placed under contacts to raise them as much as possible inside charger.
Filed down under top cover the stand offs next to holes, roughed up contacts, with sand paper, cleaned them down with with a solvent.
Similiarly cleaned off contact on remote. Cut tiny strip off dogel and placed it behind battery in remote to tighten up battery to remote. reassemble charger, and voila sun of gun it actually worked, still need some presure some time to get going,
my result is due to all the fine suggestions that preceeded me.
Posted on Feb 01, 2010
This is a defect in the remote. The contact points on remote are not touching the ones in cradle. Try pressing a little harder when lying in cradel till screensave comes up. Then it is charging. Since Logitect has redesigned the the contacts and cradle a little to make a connection. As far as a permanent solution, I would find a way to keep the contacts touching somehow.
Posted on Jun 30, 2009
I had the same problem - turned out that the contacts on the cradle were not lining up with the remote base or making sufficient content. I took the base cradle apart, bent the contacts up more and placed the remote directly on the contacts. Not a permanent solution, but it showed that the remote itself and the battery were fine.
Posted on Jan 02, 2008
I just put my dishnetwork remote on top of my harmony when its in the cradle and I have no problems. I'm sure any small weight that can sit on the screen without touching the keys or damaging the screen is worth a try. The extra weight ensures the remote is properly docked and it gets a full charge. I've had my harmony for 5 years. Had this problem after the first year and ordered a new battery then had the problem again in 6 months. Have to give credit to the wife for solving it this way. She's very practical and hated buying another battery.
Posted on Jun 29, 2009
I've been haunted by this problem for a while and I think I just figured it out. I took an old steak knife and scraped the tip across the charging contacts on both the remote and the charger and suddenly after months it is charging consistently. PS - I actually have a Harmony 890 and assume they have the same charger.
Posted on Sep 02, 2010
This worked for me, I previously posted my problems with the harmony: I am not saying this will work for everyone. I shaved the bottom of my harmony remote to expose the terminals on the bottom, very carefully so that they would make better contact with the base unit. My unit works all the time now, not pretty and it would be best done with a dremel rotory tool. Again this may not be a fix for your harmony but it worked for me, I did it out of desperation, and was ready to throw the harmony out. Now it works, and again Logitec is of no help, too many customers have the same problem.
Posted on Feb 01, 2010
I've been looking at mine, and my friends vehicles seem to have the same issue.
when the contacts get too black. they stop working (friends 2006 f150 window switches). as the connection keeps electricity flowing at all times, there is a minor spark every-time it gets cradled.
This is what I believe has left the contacts on my remote and charger somewhat tarnished.
This could potentially be fixed simply by cleaning the contacts with an electrical contact cleaner until they are all solid brass again.
Posted on Jun 25, 2012
Maybe this will Help. The battery used is a Li-Po...if it goes all the way to "0" voltage, you cannot recharge the battery. This is characteristic of Li-Po batteries. Hope this helps.
Posted on Dec 12, 2010
Open up the Cradle. On the top side of the cradle break away the plastic that surrounds the contacts (oval shaped). Bend the contacts up a little bit and presto problem fixed!
Posted on Aug 15, 2008
I love this remote , but the charger is really flawed and we got a battery charger and extra battery on ebay so there is always a battery charged and ready to swap out. We gave up on the cradle.
Posted on Jun 27, 2008
I put a dvd on top of the remote and that fixed it. Not the cleanest fix but it works for me.
Posted on Jun 25, 2008
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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Posted on Apr 14, 2010
As an 880 owner myself, I think this is a common problem and documented out there on the internet.
This has happened to me a lot. (Okay, it's actually stopped now as the charged remote keeps shutting down and going into test mode.) But, back to your battery issue - I believe that the charging pins in the dock don't properly contact the equivalent pins on the back of the remote.
Try cleaning them with a Q-tip and rubbing alcohol, then press down. You should hear one beep only - if you hear a beep followed by another beep, the unit has made contact then lost it.
Good luck! I think this really is a design flaw.
Posted on Sep 14, 2010
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