Would love to see pictures if you can take any!
Needed a reliable remote for my bed-ridden wife in a nursing home. She can only move one arm and that hand with difficulty. IPAD + dijit + Beacon was the solution that I chose. Unfortunately, this thing eats batteries in weeks not months.
No AC Adaptor for the Beacon? Made my own. (Warning: Don't try this if you are faint of heart or can't afford a new Beacon.)
Looked around the house and found two "left-over" AC Adaptors: one 6 volt 150 ma and the other 6 volt 200 ma. Didn't want to cut off the plug till sure they worked, so I bought a "DC Power Pigtal Female adaptor from my local electronic hobby shop for $1.25. (But you could cut off the plug if you can find the adaptor.)
Cut two 1/2" wood dowels to 1 7/8" long. Striped the wire on the Female Adaptor back about 1/2" and wrapped it around a small sheet metal screw (rounded top, phillips head) and screwed them into the wood dowel (making them 1/2" x 2" overall).
Cut a small notch 3/8"in the bottom of the Beacon Battery Cover, so the pigtail could come out.
Inserted the battery replacements dowels and wires into the case. Note, the batteries are connected in series. So look for the + and - terminal with just a single contact (vice the bar that connects to the adjacent battery slot). Both of my AC adaptors had the outside barrel as + terminal and the inside as - terminal. Might want to check yours with a volt ohm meter.
Viola - an A/C adaptor for $1.25 (plus Spare Parts.) Either A/C adaptor works great with a 100% indication on Battery State of Charge. As soon as I plugged it in, the blue light flashed a few times and responded to dijit commands. Now I don't have to worry about batteries. But if needed to can always go back to batteries.
I took care of the picture for you.
This is awesome. I'm going to tweak your post and publish it as a how-to article on the site. I'll give you all the credit, of course!
Im really surprised this isnt something that they would have offered to begin with, I say the next model should have AC and or be a rechargeable lithium battery.
I have done this mod and it works fine.
There are only a couple of differences I have done.
Due to 6 Volt power supply's being able to deliver anything up to 10 volt,
I change it to a 5 volt with a slightly higher current delivery. Mines from an old Dell pda, but a usb hub psu will do just fine.
What this will do is reduce the heat generated inside the Beacon, which is what I found when using a 6 volt psu. Dont worry about the 1 volt reduction in power it will have no effect.
Instead of using dowels I soldered direct to the power terminals.
Now the next move is to mount the unit to a small ball type speaker bracket around ceiling height and then angle its beam to my components this should help with things that could get in the way.
This sounds great. Thanks for the info. With the benefit of AC power, there's no need to have the Beacon sleep every 60 minutes. Does anyone know of a way to keep the Beacon always on so you don't have to tap it to wake it up?