how much batery life does sleep kill?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by AcousticDoc, Jul 22, 2005.

  1. macrumors regular

    Jul 18, 2005
    Is it common to lose a lot of battery power when you put an ipod mini through sleep? No matter how hard I try, it seems that my ipod mini (2nd generation) will only last about 9-10 hours. I also have the EQ on...does that make a huge difference as to why I'm getting such short battery life>?
  2. macrumors 603


    Oct 16, 2003
    9-10 hours including or excluding the sleep time?
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 18, 2005
    (well 9 hours like total playitme with one night's sleep time)
  4. macrumors 603


    Oct 16, 2003
    Then I think you're getting quite a long playtime. The up to 18 hours battery life that Apple advertises is more like a maximum that you can only achieve by pressing the play button once and never skip forwards, backwards or navigate.

    The iPod works in the way that it reads several songs into memory at once and then shuts down the hard drive to save battery. Whenever you skip a song or navigate to play from a different play list, the iPod will have to read songs again and the battery life will become shorter. Also, whenever the back-light is on, it will drain the battery faster, but I don't know how much faster.
  5. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 18, 2005
    ah I see. I skip tracks A LOT, I just had no idea that doing so would put such a big drain on the battery (that's 50% off the advertised life!!!). Thanks a lot!
  6. macrumors 68000


    May 15, 2005
    NG9, England
    EQ settings will make a big difference too. Also, I would charge it up by topping up rather than discharge/charge cycles. After playing for 10 hours, charging, playing and so on, the battery begins to hold charge less effectively. If you listen for a few hours during the day, then plug in to top up for an hour, the battery responds much better overall.
  7. macrumors 604


    Jan 20, 2005
    I've had my PB sleep for 2 weeks when fully charged. Came back and it was at 70%.
  8. Moderator emeritus


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
  9. macrumors 68040


    Jan 7, 2004
    Purcellville, VA
    (forget this. I posted without fully reading what I was replying to)
  10. macrumors newbie

    Sep 10, 2005
    top up?

    wut do u mean by topping up instead of charge
  11. macrumors 68000


    Nov 10, 2004
    Means don't use it until the battery is completely flat and then recharge it. Charge it when it is half full, quarter full etc.

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