Anyone determined if class 6 drains batteries significantly slower, or

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    I have a 4 GB A-Data Class 6 card and was wondering if you folks think that it will drain my batter significantly faster than a good 6 or 8 GB Class 4 (Kingston probably) ?

    Can anyone clarify or confirm that which cards they have had the best battery life with? Should I stick with a 2 GB class 4 to maximize battery life?

    Thanks for taking the time =)

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    I'd think the battery difference between microsd cards is VERY minimal. Just make sure whichever flashcart you're using you don't have the brightness set to max, like some do by default.
     
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    Right, I've definitely kept an eye on that. However I have been reading quite a bit about the sdHC draining batteries much much faster than a regular micro sd. I am not sure if it's just paranoia or what but I swear I can notice it as well.

    I just wanted to see if anyone else is in the same boat?

    BTW I am using it in a cyclo ds.
     
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    no, to be honest reading flash memory actually requires very little power. writing requires more for the HT charge pumps, but even that is nearly negligible.
     
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    Indeed a microSDHC card uses more power than a microSD card (and is a little slower than a microSD card, particularly a microSD card formatted with FAT16). However, the difference probably isn't that significant.

    By the way, there is no such thing as a "class 4" microSD card (only microSDHC cards have class ratings).

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    Ah, good to know, thanks for the info. I will run some little tests and see what I come up with =).

    Thanks again
     
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    Just wanted to post an update for anyone who may be interested. I tested two micro sd cards. The A Data 4 GB Class 6 card, and a Kingston 2 GB regular micro sd card. The Kingston card last practically forever, at least 6 hours of actual game time. HOWEVER, the A Data card only lasted about 2 hours TOPS before the red light came on warning me of a low battery. Nothing was changed other than the two cards, they both had the EXACT same data on them, number of files, sizes, everything.

    Not sure if it's just A Data cards, micro sd HC cards, or Class 6 cards, but something is draining this battery significantly faster.
     
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    That is a good find. Now what card did you use for your test?
     
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    Oh ya, forgot to mention that part although it is higher up in the thread.

    It was a Cyclo DS Evolution
     

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