Please don't worry about getting back to me in a particular time - I'm here most of the day (Pacific time) and I'm here almost every day too.As for the AC adapte
r on the main base unit, you will want to actually DISCONNECT both ends of that adapter
, and leave it unplugged for about 15 minutes (not just "check the connection"). This will give the base unit chance to reset. And at the same time, you may want to check the "temperature" of the AC adapter. When working, these normally are "warm", but it should NOT be HOT. That would be an indication of a problem.
As for the Batteries in the handsets, they MAY be getting worn - IF they are more than 2 years old or the handsets are NOT placed back in the charging stands when you are not using them. But worn batteries usually will show a "warning" on the handset, or the handset will only last for a few minutes during a conversation. Worn batteries should NOT cause the message you reported (Base no power).
Also, you MUST make sure that any rechargeable batteries that you put in these handsets is the RIGHT TYPE & TECHNOLOGY. That is, they MUST be NiMH (Nickle Metal Hydride) technology, and have the same "power rating" (capacity) of the original batteries - or perhaps slightly more capacity. As an example, I have a link to a search on Amazon, to show what you would be looking for. CLICK HERE
. But you SHOULD be able to find similar batteries locally, at almost any store that carries cordless phones. You do NOT have to purchase "Panasonic brand" batteries - just some brand that meets the same conditions I mentioned above. To get the correct batteries, I would recommend taking one or two of the current batteries with you if you visit a store, and ask someone you feel is "knowledgeable" in the store to help you locate the correct type.
And even though I don't know you personally, please try not to "worry" too much about an upcoming test. I know my own father has been through MANY tests, and of course I and other family members are/were "concerned", but "worry" doesn't seem to help. Try to "think positive" as much as you can, and let your husband or perhaps other friends or family members know you are concerned, but you hope (and believe) that everything will turn out alright. There IS power in positive thinking. I will keep you and your husband in my thoughts - so that one more positive thing happening.
Please let me know if you have more questions.
Take Care, Greg A.