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God-awful Zune battery life!!

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
What kind of battery life is everyone getting with their Zunes? While I haven't timed my Zune from full to empty, it seems like it is absolutely sucking down power. I can use it for 30 minutes in the morning and the battery will run down one "step". I have a larger 60gb hard drive but it is the standard 4200rpm speed, I don't know if that affects it or not. It's advertised as 14 hours but I seriously doubt it could even reach 10. I have wi-fi off and the backlight at 5 seconds, low brightness. Mine is refurbished, but I'm assuming they would replace the battery.

Someone needs to come out with a decent extended battery for the Zune! The only one I found only offers a 6% boost in capacity.
post #2 of 16
are you in panic mode or something ?
what are your songs bitrates ?
I bet that is your first charge...calm down...

do the steps for calibrating the battery indicator. do a full discharge/rundown. Charge it fully. then test your battery life.
post #3 of 16
Thread Starter 
I'll try the discharge tonight. Although I thought lithium-ion batteries didn't need that? I've never heard of a new MP3 player battery needing that.

And no, it's not my first charge.. I've had it for nearly a week. My songs are mostly WMA 192 or MP3 256VBR
post #4 of 16
My zune's battery only lasts like 12 hours but I am never away from my computer for that long so it isn't a problem.
post #5 of 16
I always get at least 12, which I believe is what was originally quoted, usually I can get even better than that though. Mine has always had pretty good batter life.
post #6 of 16
11-12 hours here with a 850mah battery. the original battery is 800mah.
post #7 of 16
I don't time mine but I'm sure I get at least 8 hours from a near full charge and volume at ~7-8 [which is pretty loud with IEMs]
post #8 of 16
Thread Starter 
Any idea if the larger hard drive might be the culprit?
post #9 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jon118 View Post
I always get at least 12, which I believe is what was originally quoted, usually I can get even better than that though. Mine has always had pretty good batter life.
14 hours is the number from microsoft.

try a full rundown. you are correct that li-ion do not require this, but it re-calibrates the battery meter and also tells you exactly how long the player really lasts.
post #10 of 16
I get roughly 10 with a lot of playing around.
post #11 of 16
I'm getting a zune 30, so this is an interesting thread. I'm only ever going to use it for video and file storage, so what kind of video life have people been getting?
post #12 of 16
File storage, really? Hmm.

Well, for video, I watched 2 Pink Panther movies (A little less than 2 hrs each) encoded at 512kpbs, audio at 128kbps CBR. Why CBR? I don't trust the program I'm using to do VBR. Although I should probably start.

Anyway, I still had one bar left of battery, listened to music for about an hour, then went to bed, with battery life. I don't think I could watch more than 3hrs worth of movies on it.
post #13 of 16
There's a patch on zunescene that allows the zune to become a mass removable storage device
post #14 of 16
My Zune's battery life isn't anything to write home about: perhaps 8-10 hours. Maybe because I use it with volume at 10 (hp out to hornet) and mostly listen to mp3 320bps? I find it worthwhile to always keep it charging when not in use.
post #15 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by nsx_23 View Post
There's a patch on zunescene that allows the zune to become a mass removable storage device
See my post on the zSuite for more info and more hacks.
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