first and foremost, that you for your support!
seeing as how we’re buried in snow here in the northeast, and the repair parts for my washing machine aren’t coming today, i had a chance to play with this.
good news - movi is alive!
your request to use a “FRESH” battery was the catalyst that led me to a discovery.
when i first hooked it up i thought i had a fairly fresh battery. this time, before i connected it i put the multimeter on the same battery. sure enough, only read 6.73V. found another battery that read 8.79V. connected it and eureka. red light flashed, stayed solid, and movi spoke. here’s the discovery. after a little while (sorry to be vague) i checked it again - 8.32V. i left it attached for about an hour (55 mins to be exact). put the meter on again and it read 7.34V. seems like a big drain for that amount of time, but it does explain why it worked out of the box and then all of a sudden didn’t. i played with it for many hours out of the box.
i then connect to a 120V-9V adapter (worked). i then connected to a 120V-12V adapter (worked) knowing that i will eventually drive this with a 12V DROK amp with 2 3" speakers (didn’t test yet - coming with the washer parts).
here they are, let me know if you think there will be a problem.
DROK Micro TDA7377 DC12V Digital Audio Power Amplifier 35W+35W 2.0 Dual-channel Stereo Amp Board Amplify Module for 20-120W 3"-10" Bookshelf Speakers Floor Speakers
BOSS Audio BRS35 50 Watt, 3.5 Inch, Full Range, Replacement Car Speaker (Sold individually)
one anomaly. it will, every so often, complain about room noise. also, using the same originally authored, LightSwitch sketch, movi will say “and there was light” and light the led without provocation whether or not it’s already lit. i guess i’d feel more comfortable if i knew what “erratic” really meant. i’d then be more prepared to look for symptoms. but so far everything looks relatively good.
once again, thank you for the support.
you don’t know how happy i am to not have to return this even for an exchange.