OK, I think I am beginning to get the picture ... and it's messy ...
- "Low power mode" (LPM) supports charging
- LPM uses more power than "Suspend to RAM" (suspend)
- Flicking the power switch does two different things, depending on whether the power supply is connected or not:
- Activate suspend, if the power supply is _not_ connected
- Activate LPM, if the power supply _is_ connected
- The "Lid-Close Settings" only allow LPM, bot _not_ suspend
- LPM is called "Standby" in "Xfce Power Manager"
- The "Xfce Power Manager" only allows suspend as an action for the power and sleep buttons (what exactly are the power button and sleep button?!)
- The "Xfce Power Manager" can send the Pandora to sleep after some time of inactivity, which will activate suspend mode (sleep = suspend?!)
To me this looks like the "Xfce Power Manager" was messing up charging for me(?). When it was set to put the Pandora to "sleep" after some time of inactivity, it activated suspend mode and thereby disrupted the charging process. Since charging does not work in suspend, the Pandora switched to "Power on mode", which also switched on the display.
The whole thing raises _several_ questions: Why?!
The terminology should be cleaned up to not confuse anyone. Can the text in the "Xfce Power Manager" be changed, or does the terminology (also the Wiki) have to be adjusted to what is being used in the "Xfce Power Manager"?
What do the options in "Xfce Power Manager -> "On AC" -> "Monitor"" mean? What is the difference between "Put display to sleep" and "Switch display off"?
What do the options in "Xfce Power Manager -> "Extended" -> "Set monitor sleep mode"" mean? It looks like "Standby" and "Suspend" refer to the Pandora, not the display, because it doesn't fit to "Sleep" and "Off".
The Pandora should enter/remain in LPM when the power supply is connected and suspend mode was requested (by the "Xfce Power Manager"), and enter the suspend mode as soon as the power supply gets disconnected without the user opening the lid or pressing the power button. When the Pandora was in suspend mode while the power supply is being connected, it should enter LPM directly, and not power on or switch on the display (and switch back to suspend on disconnecting the power supply).
When the lid is closed and the display is off, the display should _never_ be switched on, without the user opening the lid or pressing the power button.
Would it be possible to not activate charging when the power supply is connected but the battery is charged above a user set threshold (e.g. 90 %)? My IBM laptop has that option, and it greatly prolongs the lifetime of the battery since it will never pester the battery with a useless charge cycle (e.g. charge from 99 % to 100 %).
Would it be possible to even leave the Pandora in suspend mode when the battery is above the charging threshold and the power supply was connected, or does it have to go at least into LPM to recognize the charging state of the battery?
Could the LED be used to visualize which power mode the Pandora is in? So far we have "Bright" for "Powered on" and "Dimmed" for everything else. How about "Dimmed" for LPM and "Dimmed + pulsating/blinking" for suspend mode?
Sorry for all these requests from someone who can't even help out programming, but I see this as a serious problem that needs to be solved!
And yes, I am aware that I could change my behavior and memorize what the Pandora is going to do under different circumstances, but that is an extremely difficult task. There are so many other things everyone has to remember and I wouldn't want to have to add even more, especially not from a device that is supposed to be fun!