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Lopez.T.H.
Nov 3, 2005, 03:53 PM
I think my indicator might be messed up. I fully charged it this morning and on a 30min bus ride all I did was create a new on-the-go playlist. THat brought the battery "down" to red. Then it lasts 3 days on the red part of the battery......... Anyone else have the same issue?



tdogg20
Nov 3, 2005, 06:58 PM
Mine does to, but i dont think it affects the battery. I talked to an apple guy and he said that the battery meters have bugs. Does your battery last the full time?

Lopez.T.H.
Nov 3, 2005, 08:06 PM
Yea it lasts. It takes about another 2-3 days for it to completely dead.

tdogg20
Nov 3, 2005, 08:22 PM
Yea i hope they come out with some way to fix it. Its really annoying. Hopefully they come out with a download/patch or something. Anyone now of anything.

pyrotoaster
Nov 3, 2005, 08:36 PM
It's a well-known issue: the real problem is just how the battery meter decides how much power is "left."

It's really guessing kinda blindly based on how much power it's using right then. That's why it almost always drops down unnecessarily when you do anything that spins up the hard disk.

Konradx
Nov 3, 2005, 08:39 PM
the battery must be bugged. i played a 10 minute video and i lost 1/4 of my battery..but ive played from fully charged 3 hours and 25 minutes of movie before my battery died...so just ignore it..which sucks..because you dont know if you really are low on battery and need to rashin it or if you got still a 1/4 left

cdubb213
Nov 3, 2005, 08:43 PM
I posted this problem a while ago and nobody even paid atttention.

tdogg20
Nov 3, 2005, 08:49 PM
They better come out with something soon because when i pay 300 dollars for something it better be fully functional

mikemodena
Nov 3, 2005, 08:53 PM
I have the same problem... Hopefully it can be fixed with a firmware update. :o

cdubb213
Nov 3, 2005, 09:40 PM
I sent mine back today for a battery check. I hope I receive a new one to go with my invisible shield on the way.

Lopez.T.H.
Nov 3, 2005, 10:10 PM
I dont think the dudes at apple know how to even put on an invisible shield.... I have one too.

im_to_hyper
Nov 3, 2005, 10:42 PM
I posted this problem a while ago and nobody even paid atttention.

Don't be so down on yourself! You had two replies. :p

Anyway, I have yet to watch a video straight through but today showing people Will Ferrel iPod ads and listening to music I have had no problems whatsoever.

tdogg20
Nov 6, 2005, 08:17 PM
So have anyones problems with this affected there battery life? Also is there any way to fix this yet?

asherman13
Nov 6, 2005, 08:44 PM
So have anyones problems with this affected there battery life? Also is there any way to fix this yet?

with regards to affecting battery life, i don't recommend charging your ipod up and then letting it play 'till it dies just to see how long it lasts; that's a waste of a charge cycle. http://www.apple.com/batteries/ipods.html stipulates that you only get about 1000 charges and discharges (meaning 1000 charge cycles) before the battery dies. if you don't want to kill your battery sooner, don't do that test.

that site also has numerous tips on how to keep your batteries at their best.

Konradx
Nov 6, 2005, 08:57 PM
i fully charged and discharged my batter 2-3 times..i havent seen a difference..the meter is still not accurate

tdogg20
Nov 6, 2005, 09:02 PM
same here mine still did not fix after 4 cycles! This is frusterating! I think that my battery might be weaker to but im not sure. Can anyone give some advice on how to fix the meter or the battery life with this problem.

asherman13
Nov 6, 2005, 09:29 PM
same here mine still did not fix after 4 cycles! This is frusterating! I think that my battery might be weaker to but im not sure. Can anyone give some advice on how to fix the meter or the battery life with this problem.

from http://www.apple.com/batteries/ipods.html
Charge Cycles
A properly maintained iPod battery is designed to retain up to 80% of its original capacity after 400 full charge and discharge cycles. You may choose to replace your battery when it no longer holds sufficient charge to meet your needs.

my mistake with regards to how many full charge/discharge cycles...now, i'm not saying that charging and discharging will fix your guys' problems, but i am saying that charging/discharging them (as a test, not normal use) a # of times will only hammer at that 400 cycles, bringing the time at which your ipod's battery will only hold 80% of its original capacity much closer to the present.

tdogg20
Nov 6, 2005, 09:46 PM
Is there something wrong iwth my battery life if my iPod lasts for 45 min of video and 7 hrs of music?

asherman13
Nov 6, 2005, 09:51 PM
Is there something wrong iwth my battery life if my iPod lasts for 45 min of video and 7 hrs of music?

yes.

TheMonarch
Nov 6, 2005, 09:54 PM
Those of you saying you're getting 3+ hrs of video playback, is that with the backlight on of off? If its on, thats pretty effin' awesome :cool:

EricNau
Nov 6, 2005, 10:07 PM
speaking of iPod Video batteries:
I'm thinking of getting one, whenever the battery eventually dies (for good), is it possible to replace, can it be replaced by a user, or do they have to bring it in to Apple?

tdogg20
Nov 6, 2005, 10:08 PM
I meant like i watched 45 min of video and then listened to music for 7 hours and then the battery died

asherman13
Nov 6, 2005, 11:04 PM
I meant like i watched 45 min of video and then listened to music for 7 hours and then the battery died

oh...umm, i'm not sure then. i'd advise taking it to your local apple store; the techs there can check certain diagnostics that would tell you if you have any battery problems or not

speaking of iPod Video batteries:
I'm thinking of getting one, whenever the battery eventually dies (for good), is it possible to replace, can it be replaced by a user, or do they have to bring it in to Apple?

yes, the user can replace them, there are some online guides. the batteries will probably be available for sale within the next six months, as soon as somebody opens one up, finds out the battery type, and buys some en masse to sell to the rest of us. http://www.newertechnology.com is pretty good.

Konradx
Nov 6, 2005, 11:38 PM
Those of you saying you're getting 3+ hrs of video playback, is that with the backlight on of off? If its on, thats pretty effin' awesome :cool:

when i ran my test the backlight was on. I played a 30 minute episode followed by the ff7 movie, followed by an hour or something else..but i know when i added my time from how long they wur it was 3 hours and 20ish minutes

dsomekh
Nov 9, 2005, 02:47 PM
My battery indicator is also misleading. It fluctuates anywhere between empty and nearly full and bares no correlation with the actual battery status. I bought my iPod nearly a week ago and I'm thinking of taking it back for a replacement. Has anyone done the same?

JDOG_
Nov 9, 2005, 04:29 PM
Sounds like between this and the various threads on the Apple discussions site, there is some inconsistancy with the battery ratings and the actual playtimes.

I wouldn't be suprised if it was a firmware issue.

crazyjoeda
Nov 9, 2005, 07:37 PM
My indicator is messed up to. The battery lasts along time but it goes down to 50% with in an hour or so. If I watch 20min video it goes right to empty but still plays music for several hours.

The battery is good but I want to get a battery back for long plane trips.

dsomekh
Nov 10, 2005, 03:58 AM
Just wondering, could it be a problem not charging the iPod for three hours when first using the unit? I'm pretty sure I did so but the mac may have gone to sleep and cut the power feed to the iPod itself.

pto2k
Nov 15, 2005, 11:31 PM
hi, everyone my first post here:)

I was also worried about the battery meter so I did a full charge on my new 60G video iPod then I played Sin City (2hr 3min) and Snatch (1hr 42min) and another 15 minutes of FF:AC and then the battery was completely drained.

I played the video with back light on and wide screen off (force full screen).

I checked Apple's website, they said that the battery meter was not accurate, and it can look not full even when it is full... That sucks.

Anyway, their explanation of battery charge circles is not clear to me. I mean, how to count how many full circles it had when I always hook it up to my computer at home and office?

pretentious
Nov 16, 2005, 01:43 AM
Well I've been getting about 12-13 hours of battery life playing music, any video cuts into that dramatically. So far it has usually been in the "red" for about 6 of those hours.
This is of course without the back light, which is really unfortunate since on the previous iPods it was kinda indulgent to have the back light on, but now you can't fully appreciate the amazing screen on the new iPod has with out the back light, and doesn't have as much contrast for backlight-less control.

salman101
Jul 1, 2007, 08:49 AM
They say it its battery life maximum will be 80% of origanal in 400 cycles. One cycle is a full charge and discharge see www.apple.com/batteries