iPod Nano Battery: 14 hours ???

Discussion in 'iPod' started by H3li0, Nov 30, 2005.

  1. H3li0 macrumors newbie

    Oct 31, 2005
    Hello All,

    I've just got my 4GB Nano and I am loving it. After spending a few hours listening to it (about 4 hours) my battery indicator was already marking half of it. Is that normal ???


  2. Sic macrumors 6502

    Oct 26, 2005
    Southampton UK
    time it til it's fully gone...those indicators arent always accurate. mine used to last > 12 hours...til i broke it :(
  3. dan-o-mac macrumors 6502a


    Oct 12, 2004
    Brooklyn, NY
    I used to get about 9 hours tops. factors that drain battery life include: rate the music is encoded, backlight, volume, searching through the playlist.
  4. betbest1 macrumors regular

    Oct 30, 2005
    And using custom EQ settings (set in iTunes).
  5. TMA macrumors 6502a


    Jan 6, 2003
    Several things can affect battery life:

    Skipping songs a lot can drain the battery very quickly.
    Using the EQ
    High bitrate songs (for example, if your iPod is full of 256kpbs MP3s its battery will drain double as fast).

    From experiences at work (an applecentre) if you press play and leave your fully charged iPod to go through all its tracks without skipping or touching the unit you can expect at least 14 hours. I have seen nano's play for 16. I would say anything in the range of 8-12 is normal for every day use. This is not a problem with iPods - devices like original walkmans, portable CD players, other brands of MP3 players often give the full rated playback time. I had a Sony Minidisk player that quoted 8 hours playback from its rechargeable battery - I only ever got 2 hours from it. The standard in this industry is under optimum conditions and doesn't allow for a huge amount of user interaction.

    As others have indicated the battery meter isn't always accurate. They tend to go down fast to begin with, then the 1/2 or 2/3rds falls more slowly.

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