Woah, okay, what just happend to my ipod battery

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by CubaTBird, Dec 20, 2004.

  1. macrumors 68020

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    I bought my ipod like last june, and just to see if I could really get that *8 hour battery life, I let my ipod run its full gamet after being fully charged of course. To my surprise, it only ran 1 hour and 40 min! like, super wtf, I thought id get at least 4 or something. So, the ipod is still covered under 1 year warrenty.. Do i just take it back to apple store and i get a replacement free of charge or what? I mean cmon' only after 6 months of use, it goes down to an hour... :(
     
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    Daveman Deluxe

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    I'd say to try it one more time, and if it's still below half the promised life, the battery should be eligible for a warranty replacement.
     
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    jxyama

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    you turned off the backlight, right?

    also, what bitrate did you use?

    in any case, it sounds like a premature battery death. i'd take it up with an apple specialist.
     
  4. macrumors regular

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    Here's what you do:

    1) Update your iTunes to 4.7 if you haven't already
    2) Restore your iPod with the latest iPod Software
    3) Charge your iPod and copy the music onto it
    4) Test and you should be pleasantly surprised.

    Couple of things:

    - Having the EQ on will drain more battery
    - Having the iPod attached to self may also drain some additional battery from anti-skip technology if iPod bounces around
    - Larger files and more complex encoding will take more battery as well
     
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    jxyama

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    all true, but for the battery to last less than 2 hours after half a year sounds more like a defective battery...
     
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    mkrishnan

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    Yeah, unless you're using two full charge cycles a day, that's some kind of defect or error. Still though, either try resetting the iPod or doing a software flash. It could also be some sort of calibration issue causing the iPod to think the battery is dead or fully charged when it isn't, leading to a failure to fully use the available charge, or to fully charge to begin with, respectively.
     
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    DZ/015

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    Same thing happened to me. I was reliably getting 6 hours of life from my iPod. Then it went to 2 hours. I restored the software and music to no avail. When I returned it to the Apple store, they kept it for a day to fully test the battery. I was told the hard drive was bad and I received a replacement.
     
  8. macrumors regular

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    I'm testing an iPod clickwheel at this very moment, it is only 4 months old and the client was saying that it only gets 2 hours battery life. I Restored the iPod using iPod Software Updater and then put some music on it to test.
    It has now been playing for 3 hours and is still showing 3/4 battery.

    The client will be being charged a labour fee for wasting our time (as Apple doesn't reimburse us for this sort of mucking around).
     
  9. thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Okay !

    Well I did a reinstall of the firmware on the ipod and all seems working now... So far it has passed that 1 hour 45 min... and the battery meter shows little if any discharge, maybe ipods need their os reinstalled every so often eh? :eek:
     
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    mkrishnan

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    I wonder...do you usually run the ipod updaters when Apple releases them? I have always done this, but I have never had to do anything else, and mine is about a year old. But there seem to be a fair number of people who have this issue.... Too bad the iPod doesn't do a battery calibration whenever it's run down to the auto-power-off level, like the iBook. :D
     

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