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Intermec CN50 Battery 101

Your Intermec CN50 can use either a standard or extended battery as its main power source. The standard battery has a 7.2 Watt hour capacity and the extended battery has a 14.4 Watt hour capacity. There are several factors that determine the life of your battery such as display brightness, display timeout, input devices, extreme temperatures and your usage.

You should fully charge the battery before you use your Intermec CN50. When you change your battery, it will automatically go into a power off state and then cold boot.

Charging the Battery

CN50 Charging Accessory Standard Battery Extended Battery
Single Dock Charger  4 Hours 6 Hours
Quad Battery Charger  4 Hours 6 Hours
Charge Only Multidock  4 Hours 6 Hours
Ethernet Multidock  4 Hours 6 Hours
Vehicle Power Adapter  4 Hours 6 Hours
AC Adapter  4 Hours  6 Hours


The battery is fully charged when the battery status LED shows steady green.

To Charge the Battery

  • Insert the battery into a quad charger, a single/multi dock or attach external power to the Intermec CN50 with the battery installed.

Charging the Battery

Your Intermec CN50 will reset when you remove the battery.

To change the battery:

  • Save your files and close any open applications.
  • Shut down the Intermec CN50 by going to Start > Programs > Shut Down.
  • If necessary, disconnect the handstrap from the top of the device.


  • Push forward on the battery release tab until the battery releases, and then lift it away from the Intermec CN50.


  • Insert the bottom of a fully charged battery into the CN50 and press down until it clicks into place.
  • If necessary, replace the handstrap.

Maximizing Battery Life

Batteries are chemical devices. If the batteries are left sitting on a shelf for long periods of time outside the Intermec CN50, the batteries slowly discharge, eventually to zero if left uncharged. See the following table for tips to maximize the life of your battery.

When You Want To: Do This to Save Battery Power
Operate the CN50 and the Low Battery status icon appears  or the Battery light comes on. Save your data and then go to Start > Programs > Shut Down. After the CN50 shuts down, remove the battery and insert another fully charged battery. Or, you can connect the CN50 to an external power source.
Stop using the CN50 for five minutes or longer. Make sure the low battery icon is not on the screen and that the battery light is not turned on. Press the power button to suspend the Intermec CN50.
Store the CN50 for more than a day. If you are storing the CN50 for a few days, such as over the weekend, install the charged battery or attach the CN50 to an external power source.

If you are storing the CN50 for longer, remove and charge the battery, then store both the battery and the CN50 in a cool location.

If the battery in storage is not used in several months, you should recharge the battery to keep it at its performance peak.

 Store the battery outside the CN50 Store the batteries in a charger connected to power.


Understanding Battery Status

A quick way to check the status of your battery is to look at the battery icon on the Intermec CN50 Status bar.


Checking Battery Status

The easiest way to check the status of your battery is to look at the battery icon on the status bar of your CN50.


The Battery Status LED above your Intermec CN50 display indicates the charging status of your battery.

Understanding the Battery Status LED

LED State Description
Steady green when the CN50 is connected to external power The battery is fully charged.
Blinking Red The battery is low. The CN50 will go into Suspend mode and you will need to charge or replace the battery.
Steady red when the CN50 is connected to external power The battery is charging.
Steady Amber There is a battery error. The battery may also be outside the allowable charging temperature or you may need to replace the battery.
Off The Intermec CN50 is not on external power and the battery is operating normally.



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