iPod Nano 5G Radio Battery Life

Discussion in 'iPod' started by boganrulz, Sep 20, 2009.

  1. boganrulz macrumors member


    May 27, 2007
    I'm defiantly going to buy one of the new Nanos. One thing that I'm concerned about is the battery life while listening to the radio. There are many arguments during car trips with my family [over radio stations] and I would simply like to know how far into the trip my battery will die.

    Also im leaning towards orange. Unless someone can convince me otherwise.
  2. dXTC macrumors 68020


    Oct 30, 2006
    Up, up in my studio, studio
    Disclaimer: I don't know of any actual research, so this is an educated guess.

    Video playback is the biggest draw of power for the nano; the battery only lasts for four hours of video compared to 24 hours for music. The CPU is constantly decoding a dense video data stream and sending it to the screen, which must remain on and backlit.

    Since the radio's "data" stream is relatively light (no more than regular music) and the screen and backlight can safely turn itself off, I would say you could get rather close to the 24 rated hours for music playback. Perhaps a little less, as you'll want to change the station during the inevitable commercial break, which of course turns on the screen.

    EDIT: If you're that worried about battery life, then get a USB car charger. They're cheap, universal, and handy. And if you dad already has his cell phone charging, no worry: there are multi-outlet adapters for cars, too. Then again, you may need a USB extension cord to reach your seat, if there are none besides the front console.

    Color choice is totally up to you, and quite frankly, you can't go wrong; they're all attractive.
  3. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    You should celebrate your family's dysfunctionalism. How about a car charger? Problem solved.
  4. bjh1414 macrumors member

    Sep 10, 2009
    I gotta tell ya, the battery life SUCKS, i mean it prob gets 6 hrs audio for me, idk yet, but that seems like it to me. so i would guess radio to be 4hrs or so, but i mighta got a crappy one lol. i got blue, and it looks AMAZING, but orange is cool too
  5. sms52 macrumors newbie

    Sep 10, 2009
    6 hours sucks? Where are you going to be where you need more than 6 hours of listening time before you can get back to a charger?
  6. videohio macrumors newbie

    Feb 14, 2009
    dead battery 5th Gen Video

    I purchased my first iPod Nano because of Apple's advertising - video and battery lasts 5 hours. The iPod video battery only lasted 1-1/2 hours. I tested it again, fully charged and continuously ran video. Battery died after 1-1/2 hours. I returned the iPod to Apple retail store. They were puzzled and gave me a new replacement iPod nano. I made certain the new iPod again was fully charged overnight from my G5's usb port and ran the video for 1-3/4 hours before it died. I called 800-APL-CARE and they could NOT give me a valid reason why the batteries do NOT even come close to lasting 2 hours, let alone the advertised 5 hours. It is not even reaching a 2gb video limit and shutting off. You can see the battery icon is totally depleted. I am totally frustrated. Needless to say, I am returning the replacement iPod nano (5th Gen) also :-(

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