24h battery life ?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by Tex-Twil, Sep 23, 2008.

  1. Tex-Twil macrumors 68020

    Tex-Twil

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    Hi,
    during the Let's Rock Apple keynote, Steve Jobs advertised that the iPod's battery can hold up to 24h for music.

    I got myself a iPod nano last week and I think that the battery life is faaaaaar from being 24h. When I got it, I charged it completely and then I was using the iPod when going to/from work which is like 2x30 mins per day.

    After 3 days, so let's say more or less 3h, the battery is discharged. Ok I also played a video (the iPod ad:20 sec) a couple of times and I'm using the coverflow quite often.

    I don't expect to have a battery life of 24h but I think that 3h is really strange.

    Is there any battery calibration process on the iPods ? I've just recharged it again completely and I'll test it again.


    Thanks,
    Tex
     
  2. DanielJvdBerg macrumors regular

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    Coverflow, screen brightness, how much you skip songs, video, all make the battery go down real fast.
     
  3. Dreamer2go macrumors 6502a

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    I haven't really tested the ipod nano's battery yet.

    But for my ipod classic 80gb, I am certain that I can get at least 20 hours of battery life.
    15 hours from HK to Chicago. I turned my ipod on the whole trip. Of course, I did switch songs manually from time to time. No problem there.
    Will do the same when I head back home with the ipod nano!

    I think it should be fine as long as you dont use coverflow often, and turn the screen brightness to max.
     
  4. Fuchal macrumors 68020

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    My nano drained really fast in the 3 days I had it as well. I'm returning it today because of that as well as the clickwheel is unreliable and sometimes doesn't work at all.
     
  5. soberbrain macrumors 65816

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    If it's the same as my old 3G iPod, it doesn't turn off completely when not in use. It trickles a little bit of battery so that it instantly turns on.

    After a weekend of not using my iPod, it wouldn't instantly turn on. It would turn on with the Apple logo, like it was restarted and then show the low battery icon.

    I think it's 24 hours of continuous play which is different from 3 days standby + 3 hours of use.
     
  6. danny_w macrumors 601

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    That's exactly right. Standby on any iPod really cuts into the battery life. I had a 1G nano that got the stated battery life if I played it continuously, but died in about 3 days of non-use. I now have a 5G "classic" but haven't had a chance to test the battery life yet (stated is 30h).
     
  7. Fonzijr1964 macrumors 68000

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    24h means 24 hours of just unplugging it and playing one playlist with out touching it
     
  8. Tex-Twil thread starter macrumors 68020

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    well ok, but still , I think that 3h is not good.

    tex
     
  9. elmateo487 macrumors 6502a

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    sorry. But i do not believe that it gets three hours, and thats it.

    If so, take it in.
     
  10. jake921660 macrumors regular

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    i think i read on the apple website that 24h is when it plays a playlist of 128kbs AAC songs on repeat without ever touching any of the controls
     
  11. bembol macrumors 65816

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    Genius told me to get this...

    The Volume can't be Maximum, EQ is not used, Display Brightness is turned down to <10%, Blacklit is set to 5 seconds and they recommend using Playlist and avoid Shuffle/Skipping songs.




    On a 12 hours shift my 120GB Classic can only do about 2 hours of Video and 10 Music/Podcast.
     
  12. Tex-Twil thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Hello again,
    I reopen this topics cos it's getting me a bit pi***ed. This morning I took my iPod which was half charged and used it on my way to work .. still around 30 mins. I dind't use coverflow and back lighting is set ti 5 sec. During those 30 min, the iPod got almost completely discharged.

    I would like to know how a Genius would explain that. What do you think ?


    Thanks,
    Tex
     
  13. JediMeister macrumors 68040

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    Calibrating the battery: http://www.apple.com/batteries/ipods.html
    iPod nano 4th gen specs: http://support.apple.com/kb/SP497 says UP TO 24 hrs. Many factors including the bitrate of the songs and use of the display affect this.

    Edit: Wow...I only saw the first post in my browser but didn't see the date...

    Anyhow the battery sounds wonky to me, time to consider a battery replacement...
     
  14. 156457 macrumors 6502

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    My iPod Nano 3G (the square ones) is perfect. I never charge it. I use it for about 2 hours a day (maybe 8/9 hours a week) and I choose one artist to listen to when I use it and stick to that most of the time. I don't really touch it and have it on hold all the time, and it's on standby when it isn't playing.

    I haven't charged it in about 3/4 weeks. I never charge it. I just plug it in for about 20 seconds to sync. It's amazing.
     

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