Nano 6g battery problems, please help

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  1. nin7474 macrumors 6502

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    Is it just me or is everyone having rapid draining on their Nano 6G?
    I want to like it but the battery life is a huge failure. Especially when listening to the radio.
    I'm debating on either Returning it but i wonder if Apple will release a Software Update to fix this.
    13 days and counting for Return Eligibility.
     
  2. zap2 macrumors 604

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    How long did it last?

    Did you recharge it when you first got it? The battery in the iPod nano actually need to be charged up a few times before the reach the true potential for how long your party lasts.
     
  3. Surely Guest

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    ^^^Yes, conditioning your battery is important.


    You're wasting all of your emoticons. Easy there.

    Perhaps you received a faulty one?

    Care to describe your battery issue? How long can you use it for, etc.
     
  4. nin7474 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I charged it overnight the first day i got it. Used it today at work to listen to the Pats game(1:30-4:30), it was down to 1/4 Bar after i was done.:eek:
    Charged it around 6:30.
    Draining now and try to condition the battery. See how it feels after a week.
     
  5. tigress666 macrumors 68040

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    Yeah, you do need to condition it before you make judgements (That being said, I still wonder if my third gen nano had a better battery life than my fifth gen that doesn't seem near as good).

    I did read one review (that was very long and detailed, like 8 pages, one of those on battery life) that said they got 33 hours of playback on it (and that it was better than their fifth gen and fourth gen) on half loudness (and they said it is louder than the fifth gen as well).

    And if you read the full review, you can see they weren't trying to make it sound like the best ipod ever (they seemed to like it but think it was too expensive and should be a first gen product and not the continuation of the nano. They feel it will probably fail).
     
  6. nin7474 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    WOW!! 33 hours?!!
    How would you recommend "conditioning" the battery?
    Fully drain, then Full Charge, then repeat?
     
  7. roland.g macrumors 603

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    You just need to wash the battery first. In ammonia. Add three drops with a dropper through the headphone jack and shake it vigorously for 30 seconds. That should flush all your emoticons out.

    Next time try a less sensational thread title. Like:

    Nano 6g battery problems, please help

    Let people know you are not getting expected performance, describe what you have done and your use, and ask for help, or if that should be expected. We might be more prone to give assistance and less prone to mocking you.

    or

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1013534
     
  8. nin7474 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Fixed, happy now? I don't think anyone was "mocking" me beside you.:eek::rolleyes::p
     
  9. tigress666 macrumors 68040

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    Uh, I dunno... I used to have something htat said long time ago, but lost it/forgot it and now people just tell you it doesn't really matter, just use and charge it some (I could swear a long time back it was recomended you use a product's battery fully before you charge it and charge it fully at least three or so times, least for your non-smart cellphones. But now I hear that doesn't matter but don't know if there is something new you should do).
     
  10. roland.g macrumors 603

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    Quite. Thank you. /end mock. What do you want anyway at 12:30 in the morning. :D:mad:;) I just get tired of the over the top titles and OPs that often take several response to pull the necessary information from the OP and get them to take an action that is not only common sense, but also could be found through a simple search. I'm much more for the "I'm having problems and this is what it is. Are other people experiencing this, and if not, how do I fix it..." type threads. But then like I said I've been on here too long and it's late, so I get a bit cranky. Nothing personal.

    Any electronic device can most benefit from battery conditioning. They should always be charged full before using and run through several cycles. And you should test their performance in a variety of ways.

    With the Nano, mine drained quite quickly on the first charge but has run significantly longer on the 2nd and 3rd charges.

    You should charge it completely. Go to the longest playlist, or entire library, and set it playing overnight without headphones. See how long till it dies or hits the 20% red zone. Try the same thing with the radio, obviously with the headphones plugged in, and probably starting in the morning so you can monitor it. Radio play may drain more power since you are using the Nano to receive a signal via the headphones.

    Good luck. Let us know.
     
  11. nin7474 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thank you Sir. Much appreciated and sorry if i "irritated" you
     
  12. roland.g macrumors 603

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    Don't patronize me, or call me sir. And pretty much everyone irritates me, and those who don't, "irritate" me. So I should prolly go to bed.
     
  13. nin7474 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    LOL. Me too, good night:apple:
     
  14. alphaod macrumors Core

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    I noticed that the battery drains even if I don't use it. I charged it up last night and this morning the battery was dead. Not too happy with this.
     
  15. iEvolution macrumors 65816

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    Interesting, this was a issue with the 4th gen nanos when they first came out too. Hopefully apple will release a firmware update to address it if the issue is across all 6th gen models.
     
  16. nin7474 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I can completely drain the battery around 2 hours by leaving the radio on and turning the Brightness to the highest setting(done PURPOSELY to drain for conditioning).
     
  17. nin7474 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I agree!! Did apple release a Firmware Update to fix that issue with the 4G Nano?
    But the BIG QUESTION is will they release it before the 14 day Return Window from Launch. I got mine on 9/11, so i have a little more time.
     
  18. xraytech macrumors 68020

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    I can't help but think that the OP is comparing battery run times between the 6G Nano with other iDevices with bigger batteries. Sure, uncle Steve claims 24hrs of play time but come on, have you seen the tear down photos of the 6G Nano? That battery is so tiny. The only situation I can see the 6G Nano lasting 24hr is if you played just music and nothing else.

    I think what the OP is experiencing is normal for the 6G Nano. Keep it simple, set it to charge before you go to sleep. No need for Battery Voodoo.
     
  19. nin7474 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I don't mind it if it drained at a "normal" rate. BUT it was full when i started listening to the Pats game and it was on for 3 hours, Brightness at Default.
    The battery was down to 1/4 when the game was over!
    I just wish they also let you turn it OFF instead of Sleep, but i'll see how it goes after i conditioned the battery.
    And i know i can't compare it to the SUPER battery in my iPhone4G.
     
  20. BrennerM macrumors regular

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    I would guess that the battery estimate for radio listening is not necessarily the same as for regular music listening.

    Question: did you have Live Pause enabled while listening? Having it record and compress the radio stream while you listen could be a serious drain on the battery. I would be interested in you doing the same listening session without Live Pause enabled.
     
  21. xraytech macrumors 68020

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    All this talk about conditioning batteries. It's Battery VooDoo I tell yah. Just use it and if you need to charge it, charge it. Keep it simple.
     
  22. tigress666 macrumors 68040

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    I can see his point. One thing I loved about my 3rd gen Nano was that it lasted forever on a charge. I swear it was like every now and then I'd look at it and go, Yeah, I probably should charge it now. if I forgot, no biggie. Only time it ever came an issue is when I accidentally hit play before I set it down and didn't turn it off so it was playing all night. I remember going on a weekend trip on my motorcycle, using it to listen to music while I rode, and not having to charge it once on the trip.

    My fifth gen's battery is not so good and honestly, I miss that. So yeah, while you never really need it to play that long, it's nice not having to constantly charge it and be able to forget about it and just every now and hten go, "yeah, I prolly should charge it". Plus if you go on a weekend trip and it's hard to charge it (or the time you have to charge it you'd rather be charging your iphone since you only have one charger), it's nice to be able to just not charge it.
     
  23. msb3079 macrumors 6502a

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    No, OP is right... the battery is HORRIBLE on this. Not only that... but the sound quality isn't very good. I love everything else about it and want to like it... it's great for working out, but I don't know...

    The battery thing I could be OK with... it's really the sound quality that's bothering me.
     
  24. tigress666 macrumors 68040

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    I'll never know, I don't tend to notice that. I do know all the reviews that mention that say it is pretty good (better than the fifth gen I think).

    Maybe you got a defective one? Well, I'm hoping mine is good on battery life (but I'll give it a few charge cycles to tell).
     
  25. msb3079 macrumors 6502a

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    Just looking around this site real quick, I see many others mentioning battery issues. I don't understand how the sound can be so much worse than an iPhone... it's a HUGE difference. Actually, it sounds great out of the 30-pin connector (hooked into my car)... but sounds horrible through headphones. I'm pretty into audio and have done several comparisons on same songs w/ this and my iPhone 4.
     

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