Can anyone explain why in the heck the external battery is not designed to plug into a charger and charge independent of the Phone?

My plan was to keep two externals with one on charger all the time and simply swap them out on the fly whenever the other one gets low. That's been my technique for the last three years with my Nextel phone.

How ridiculous to require that an auxiliary battery like this be required to be on the phone in order to charge it!!!

Obviously not the brightest of Palm's engineers on this project!!

Now I have two external batteries that I'll rarely use!!!