• Feature Focus – Panasonic Toughpad Hot Swap Battery

    By Josh , February 12, 2017 - Leave a comment

    Panasonic Toughpad FZN1 FZF1 UK Clove Technology The Panasonic Toughpad range of smartphones are incredibly tough and robust. They’re certainly not phones for the average consumer!

    There is a huge list of specifications that make the Panasonic Toughpad series suitable for various businesses and industries. We’ve already covered the built-in barcode scanner. One of those that is almost unique among smartphones is a hot-swappable battery.

    Not sure what that means? Well for a short period of time the phone will run, even if you take the main battery out.

    There is a small internal backup battery. Depending on your use at the time, this can run the Panasonic Toughpad from between 30-120 seconds. This gives you enough time to install a brand new fully charged cell.


    Panasonic Toughpad FZN1 FZF1 Extended BatteryInitially you might not see the benefit of this. Is having to reboot really that big of an ordeal? Well for some applications it might actually be critical.

    Remember, the Panasonic Toughpad phones are not meant for the average Joe. If a business is deploying them, then they likely have a specific set of requirements only these phones can meet.

    Workers may be collecting important on-site data. Perhaps this is being fed back to control for real-time analysis. Even a 30 second interruption could prove disastrous for data integrity.

    If an experiment or mission requires detailed management and synchronisation, setting everything up again due to a battery failure could be very costly.

    Panasonic Toughpad Devices | Clove Technology

    Panasonic make several items in this range. There are 10 inch tablets and laptops as well as these smartphones (which Panasonic refer to as small tablets). Here at Clove we currently focus on the FZ-N1 Android and FZ-F1 Windows 10 units.


    Josh joined Clove part time a few years ago whilst studying Computing at Bournemouth University. Since finishing his studies he has remained at Clove in a full time position, involved in sales, returns and social media. Involved with both consumer electronics and software since the mid 2000s, keeping up to date with industry developments is as much a hobby as it is a job. Easy going but never afraid to share an opinion, Josh can often be found in his spare time listening to some heavy rock or at a local gig as well as playing with the latest gadgets and video games.


  • And it was about time too. I bought my Psion 3 pda FROM Clove donkeys years ago, and that had hot swappable AA batteries. I have never understood why smartphones don’t have that.

    • Yes it’s a great feature Jim. Sadly not one I’ll think we’ll see on mainstream phones due to the move to sealed internal batteries.

      These Panasonics are pretty expensive corporate devices – still incredible bits of kit for those that need them though

      • A sad move, that to non-replaceable batteries – especially as they are focusing on thin and fast-rechargeable rather than all-day. The LG-V20 with replaceable battery was exciting until it wasn’t released for the UK. I have recently bought the Huawei Mate 9, which has a proper sized battery of 4000mAh, lasts well over a day, and is still a svelte machine.

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