iPod Touch 4G - Battery endurance?

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  1. ipod_david

    ipod_david Well-Known Member

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    Hello guys,

    I am very disappointed with the endurance of my new device.
    I dont play that much with it (ca. 30 Min a day), surfing the web and Appstore (ca. 30 Min over the day) and emails (automatic 15 min request).
    The device dont really last much longer than one day - IS this NORMAL? Or is my accu broken and I have to displace it. I mean hey this is a new device... Is retina eating that much energy :confused::confused:

    How long is your battery capacity and what are you doing with it!?
     
  2. tsharpfilm

    tsharpfilm Well-Known Member

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    When I'm just reading on it, listening to music, or playing simple 2D games, I've noticed that battery life is pretty awesome, almost freakishly so.

    Last Saturday I spent most of the day using my iTouch for music, and by the end of the day I still had about 90% battery left.

    I have done a couple of charge cycles though (letting it drain to 20%, and doing a full uninterrupted charge). I hear that is suppose to help. Cutting down on push notifications, turning off blue tooth, and putting it in airplane mode when you're not online also helps.
     
  3. Hmar9333

    Hmar9333 Well-Known Member

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    I was quite disappointed with my battery at first, but after about a week it had improved a LOT. Just make sure you drain it to 20% and then fully charge it a couple of times and you should be alright.
     
  4. ipod_david

    ipod_david Well-Known Member

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    I do this all the time. I have now switched of the auto-email-requesting and I think that there is acutally some improvement going on after the 13-15th charging for now. The lady in the apple store said the same and told me that we will perhabs see an update that will adress this issue in some weeks.
    But for now it seems that the battery has become stonger :D
     
  5. SkyMuffin

    SkyMuffin Well-Known Member

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    When was the last time you did a hard power-off and power-on?
     
  6. johnnyboy

    johnnyboy Member

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    There seems to be a huge problem with touch battery life after upgrading to iOS4.1 . I'm having the same problem with my wife's 2G touch. I found a thread that documents it on apple's site here: http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=2474499

    I've tried everything possible to get the problem to go away, from trying to reset the network settings as suggested to completely wiping the touch and not installing any apps or really using it all for a few days to see if it continues. I can fully charge it before going to bed and the battery will drain to below 20% overnight with notifications and location services turned off, and no email accounts configured.

    I thought the battery was failing but am glad to see that's probably not the case. The only suggestion apple has provided has been to put the touch in airplane mode while not using it, which is ridiculous. Even if one were to do that, the battery still drains quickly while you're using it.
     
  7. Outkast1

    Outkast1 Well-Known Member

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    That is absolutely ridiculous... From a full charge to under 20% overnight with a wiped device, no email accounts, notifications, or location services :confused:

    Incredible. iOS 4.X seems to be the death of any device not 3rd gen and above. Shady ass Apple. I have an iPhone 4 now and use my 3GS like an iPod touch and it's still on 3.1.3 and I will never upgrade the iOS on that device.
     
  8. ipod_david

    ipod_david Well-Known Member

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    OS 4 is a poor show in that regard.
    I really would like to decide myself if I need "multitasking" (which I dont really need :))
    I really would like to see WiFi shutoff as soon as the device goes into the stby mode as seen in OS3.1.3... hopefully something will happen.

    What is a hard power-off and power-on?
    playing until the device shuts itself down? I did this some days ago incidently :)
     
  9. Outkast1

    Outkast1 Well-Known Member

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    A "hard" reset is done by holding the home and power button at the same time for about 10 seconds. It will show the "slide to power off" slider but just keep holding both buttons and the screen will flash and the device will turn off. Leave it off for 10 minutes or so and then power on normally. This can do wonders for your memory (RAM) if the device is chugging and may help with the battery as well, but I don't really know for sure. It's worth trying.
     
  10. ipod_david

    ipod_david Well-Known Member

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    cool i NEVER heard this. I will try that for sure, thank you mate!
     
  11. KnightRider25

    KnightRider25 Well-Known Member

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    This is really weird. I think some of these might the common of the power drainage:

    - Are you making sure that your multi-tasking is not clogging up to much? Each time your in an app and press the Home button, that app will be added to the multi-task, and easily clogged up if you jump into apps too much. (Double-Tap the Home button when your in the Main Menu of the iPod)

    - Do you turn off the Wireless when your not using the internet? If the wireless is turned on, it can drain the battery faster, so be sure to turn it off when your not using it.

    - Be sure NOT to drain the battery completely (Drain it to 20% or %15, no less than that). These are lithium battery and they always need energy to fully work.

    - I believe that battery will be like that when your using it for the first few weeks, then in time the battery will get the necessary energy and work like it should.
     
  12. Outkast1

    Outkast1 Well-Known Member

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    You're welcome buddy, hope it helps!
     
  13. SqueakyG

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    #13 SqueakyG, Oct 1, 2010
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    I originally had an iPod touch 2G and I was never satisfied with the battery life. Now I have just upgraded to a Touch 4G and I'm finding that the battery life is just about identical:

    It's a great battery when it comes to listening to music, but playing game apps will give me 4 to 6 hours. If the app is complicated enough to make the back of the iPod get warm, I know I've got about 4 hours on a full battery. That's with screen brightness on half, and wifi off.

    Thankfully I don't seem to be losing much battery power overnight. One potential problem is that this Touch 4G seems to take a very long time to charge, and on a few occasions it decides to stop charging half way through and just sits there without the "charging" symbol on the icon.


    On another note, I may as well ask a question in this thread: I've never used an iPhone, but I often see screenshots of iPhones with a battery percentage next to the battery icon in the corner. I have hunted around for the app that does this - out of all the mediocre battery apps that do various things - and cannot find one that puts a percentage in the top corner at all times. Since I always see this in iPhone screenshots, but never on the iPod touch, does that mean it's a standard iPhone feature? Or is it an app?
     
  14. wootbean

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    iPhone has a 'Usage' submenu under 'General' in settings, I don't think iPT does
     
  15. tabs

    tabs Well-Known Member

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    Hey guys, anybody knows the estimate battery life of iPod Touch 4G when playing games? At full charge I'm getting roughly 4 hours of game time only with airplane mode turned on. Is this normal or do I have a lemon touch? Thanks!
     
  16. eclub

    eclub New Member

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    Of all iPod accessories the most useful is my iPod Retractable Emergency Charger. I use it for iPhone too. Apple products are beautiful, usable, good crafted, but their battery sucks!
     
  17. sammysin

    sammysin Well-Known Member

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    Very good first post!
     
  18. KnightRider25

    KnightRider25 Well-Known Member

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    Well it's been almost a week of using my new iPod Touch 4G, and I have to say that the battery really last long enough for the day. It will drain quickly if your playing games, but if your just listening to music, surfing the web and watching videos, it will last.
     
  19. Outkast1

    Outkast1 Well-Known Member

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    What kind of games are you playing? If they're 3D/Gameloftish type games then 4 hours is probably about right. Also lot of people are saying their iPod 4's need a couple charge cycles to get the battery maxed out so if it's new you might need to go through a few cycles to see improvement.
     
  20. padblaz

    padblaz New Member

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    Download "SbSettings" on Cydia, it will add some features, including numeric battery and numeric GSM :)
     

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