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Subject: Poor Battery Life
From: Rodrigo Gutierrez (rgutierrez_at_stanfordalumni.org)
Date: 2004-04-14


Hello,
I purchased my Archos 20GB Recorder in May 2003. I immediately downloaded
rockbox and have loved it ever since. Thank you sooooooo much for doing what
you do and making my enjoyment of music even greater.
I have read many articles on your web page to try to solve my battery problems
but still I have no solution.
I have never experienced great battery life. Typically, it only plays music
when the battery is above 70%. In the 60% range it starts to hold up or
pause.
In the 50%, it just freezes. This normally gets me through about one album but
not much more.
Also, my screen always says "Battery Charging". Is it ever supposed to say
"Battery Charged"?
So I bought a brand new pair of Sanyo 2300 Nimh rechargeable batteries a few
weeks ago. I am afriad to say that not much has changed.
The other night I charged them fully. I left the player unplugged during the
day. 12 hours later, when I turned it on, the charge was down to 63% and would
not play music.
I do have over 18GB of music on the recorder and understand that that may
drain more power from the machine. I also have most of my music at a bitrate
of 160. But not being able to use the recorder the night after charging it
seems a little ridiculous.
I have also wondered if the problem is with my charger. But the recorder still
acknowledges 100% when unplugged so how could the charger be messing that up?
Please let me know what you think of my situation and what I might do to
remedy this problem.
Thank you for your time.
Sincerely,
Rodrigo Gutierrez

Kia ora!

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