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Subject: Re: Questions concerning the iRiver
From: Burelli Luca 435260/IF (burellil_at_dei.unipd.it)
Date: 2004-09-19


On Sat, 18 Sep 2004, Björn Stenberg wrote:

> Joseph Jones wrote:
>
>> What battery life is it currenty capable of?
>
> Iriver says 16 hours, and user forum posts appear to confirm this.
>
>> Does USB mode drain the battery significantly as with the Archos
>> models?
>
> I would expect somewhat less drain, simply because the smaller harddisk
> uses less power to spin.

My H120 lasted around 13 hours after the first charge, including 2GB
file transfer from HD, but basically MP3 playback and FM radio.
This includes fiddling A LOT with it (since I got it two days ago, I have
to test everything:).
I don't know what the pace was with the Archos models, but I had the
feeling that using the USB mode drains the battery very much.

>> Does the unit charge from USB? Do we know whether charging can be
>> controlled by software? Particularly any USB charging.
>
> I don't know.

The unit does not charge from USB. However, people at the iriverlounge
forum tried making a custom USB Y-cable, USB A to USB-B + DC output, and
it reportedly charged the battery without problems (altought the charge
process lasted much longer).

>> How much movement will the unit handle before suffering from RLOD-esque
>> symptoms? Does the unit suffer from this at all?
>
> I have seen some places say the iriver works well for jogging.

Oh well, I wouldn't take any hard disk player out for jogging or heavy
shaking. Just because the disk is idle most of the time (but that's not
entirely true- iRiver's stock firmware is known to keep the drive spinning
for full songs at times) doesn't mean that you could hit the ground at
the time the disk is actively reading. This is surely covered by Murphy's
laws ;)

Just my $0.02.
Luca

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"I have seen things you people would not believe. Attack ships on fire off
the shoulder of Orion.  C-beams glittering in the dark near the Tannhäuser
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                                      (Roy Batty, from Blade Runner, 1982)

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