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Livescribe smartpen (Echo) not able to charge

When I plug the usb cable into the the pen it does not charge the pen the way it used to. One day it just stopped being able to be charged. The pen turns on fine, and then displays the battery low icon. When I plug in the micro usb cable, nothing happens. Up until it stopped working, once you plugged in the usb cable it used to begin changing the pen and display the battery chaging icon. Now, nothing happens after plugging in the usb

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    rippir Jan 06, 2012

    Thank you, NinaE.

    The usb cable is not the issue. In fact, I tried multiple cables that I verified as "fully working". It's an internal issue. I appreciate your response.

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My smartpen does not charge when I dock it to the charging cable.
If your smartpen OLED display does not light up and display the shapes of a battery and a lightning bolt when docked to the charging cable, please try the following:

  1. Make sure your charging cable is plugged into a USB port directly on your computer, not a USB hub, docking station, keyboard, or monitor port.
  2. Make sure your computer is turned on or the smartpen will not charge.
  3. If your smartpen display does not turn on when docked, the USB port may not be providing power. Try plugging the charging cable into each of your USB ports on your computer. If the display lights up, leave the smartpen connected to the USB charging cable for 2.5 hours for a full charge. Afterwards your smartpen should function as normal. If the smartpen is not fully charged after 2.5 hours please reference 26011 - My smartpen is not showing a full charge even after leaving it docked to the charging cable for several hours / overnight .
  4. If your smartpen display still does not turn on when docked, undock the smartpen and try a hard reset of the smartpen by pressing and holding the power button for 10+ seconds. Press the power button once more. Your smartpen should start with the message "livescribe... Starting..." (wifi )"livescribe... Starting...Checking filesystem" (Pulse).
  5. f the smartpen that won't power on is a Pulse smartpen, which uses a USB charging cradle, try cleaning the contacts on the cradle and smartpen.

To do so:
  1. Take an eraser and rub the end on a blank area of paper to make sure it is completely clean.
  2. Without applying downward pressure that might bend the contacts, gently rub backwards (towards the Nav Plus) and forwards (towards the cable end) on the surface of the four metal contacts the cradle uses to connect with the smartpen.
  3. Rub the eraser end on a blank area of paper to clean it again.
  4. To clean the smartpen contacts, in a circular pattern gently rub the four metal contacts the smartpen uses to connect with the cradle.
If you have never been able to charge the smartpen using the charging cable or are having an issue with a smartpen that was charging before but has stopped charging, please let us know.

Posted on Oct 30, 2019


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FIXED/SOLVED Similar Issue: Realise I'm very late to the party here but; I own a LiveScribe Echo 2Gb Smartpen which had a similar issue, sometimes wouldn't charge and was detected by my PC but not recognised, I solved this by carefully dismantling it and cleaning out quite a lot of dust with a can of Air Duster.

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It is the display that is not working. I have 3 pens with similar conditions. I originally though it wasn't charging, it turns out you just cant tell, because the LCD is bad. All three pens experienced this around the same time. I believe it is a bad software or firmware "upgrade" that broke the LCD component, rendering (in my case) $500+ of unusable equipment in 3 pens (2 Pulse, 1 Echo). I use the product constantly, but no longer. The wifi version is completely unacceptable as it no longer has script to text conversion. Is there an attorney interested in a class action suit?

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I experienced the continuous appearing of low battery icon even I recharged my pen. I tried the major resetting of pen but did not work. The solution I did was completely drained the battery until it automatically shut down right after the power on. Then recharged the pen. Everything goes back to normal and the low battery icon disappeared. > russcalub

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I have a similar problem. I believe that the component to fit the USB receptacle in the pen itself has been pushed down with frequent use.But how do you repair that ? Maybe this helps a little.

Posted on May 10, 2012

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    alessandro sgro Nov 04, 2013

    I have the same problem. hoping to carefully pull receptacle back up w tweezers


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Sounds like the micro USB cable is defective and needs to be replaced. But, first try the cable on another USB port to be certain that the USB port is OK.

Hoope this helps.

Posted on Jan 05, 2012

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