First of all, a reminder that what I have with me are the old Blinks with the rubber cap on top of them, not the fancy new ones (well, I now have 3 of the fancy new ones but as they are incompatible with the other 12, they do not count).
I noticed that it looks like IR alignment is very important specially when battery is low. I am constantly seeing cases where 2 connected Blinks will, at the same time say that they are connected and not connected (i.e. one is receiving face values, the other is not). I am assuming this is caused by a bad alignment of the IR transceivers on each end. Does this make sense?
If so, I guess that the problem I am seeing mostly affects the old Blinks design and the new ones, with a differently positioned IR transceiver and stronger magnets, are not as susceptible to that. Is that I fair assumption?
As it is now, I have to exchange the batteries of the Blinks I have a considerable time before they actually start complaining about low voltage as, otherwise playing almost anything gets a bit difficult.
OTOH, there is a silver-lining here: Its is an excellent way to show guaranteed delivery of datagrams working as, because of this problem, sometimes a datagram broadcast stops propagating but, then, I just wiggle some Blinks a bit and it continues propagating again (this is why I think the issue is mostly with IR transceiver alignment).
Also, while we are at it, as the new Blinks do not have the IR transceiver completely exposed, I guess they are less susceptible to interference by an external IR source (like, say, direct sunlight), correct?
Thanks in advance.