Battery life using DSTWO's GBA?

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  1. YayMii
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    YayMii hi

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    Hey everyone:
    Well, I heard that using the DSTWO's GBA emulator results in having really low battery life. I'm considering getting the DSTWO, but I'm worried that it will kill my battery life.
    I'm just wondering: How long battery life are you getting from playing the GBA emulator (from full battery, using the GBA the whole time)?
    Please list your console, brightness setting, CPU frequency setting, and your battery life.
     


  2. Overlord Nadrian

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    Launch DSi, highest brightness setting, CPU frequency 4, a little over 5 hours of battery life.

    I can't complain.
     
  3. DarkWay

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    Yoink no point typing it all myself [​IMG]
     
  4. YayMii
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    YayMii hi

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    DarkWay, you do know that the DS lite has more battery life than the DSi, right?

    Can anyone with a DSi XL at Brightness level 3 and default frequency setting post their results?
     
  5. DeltaBurnt

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    Wow, that's actually pretty damn good. I'd only get about 2 hours on my old DS Lite with a crappy battery.
     
  6. Overlord Nadrian

    Overlord Nadrian Banned

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    Well, you said it yourself: the DS Lite is old and has a crappy battery, so it is only natural for you to get a short battery life using the GBA emulator [​IMG]
     
  7. DeltaBurnt

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    Yah I know, I was just noting that a DSi battery (which on average has less life than the DS Lite's) on the highest brightness and high cpu frequence lasted 5 hours was pretty good.
     
  8. Supertrooper

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    I've got a DSi XL and I'd say it's about 4 hours with the GBA emulator. You'll get about 8 on DS roms.
     
  9. YayMii
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    That doesn't sound very good. I get 13+ hours on my Acekard 2i.
     
  10. Fluffbutt

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    I don't think it matter if you use the gba emu or not - those two 300/400 Mhz processors are still running.

    (Does it have a halt or idle command??)

    I only get about 4-5 hours playing NDS roms, same with gba - the SC2 is still running even if you don't use the extra features of the cpu's.
     
  11. YayMii
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    This completely contradicts Supertrooper's results.
     
  12. DeltaBurnt

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    I'd imagine that there'd be a way to halt the CPU on the DSTwo. There's no use in feeding it power if it's not going to do anything.
     
  13. 9th_Sage

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    Is this with the lowest brightness? I've NEVER gotten that much on my DS Lite with flashcarts or commercial games.
     
  14. YayMii
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    Second-lowest brightness on a DSi XL. But a DSi XL on average has 2 hours less battery life than a DS lite.
     
  15. 9th_Sage

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    Huh, maybe my battery is going...weird.
     
  16. RedBaron

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    There is one thing you have all have overlooked, the make and size of the memory card that you are using, the bigger the card the more current it uses and what brand also affect the amount of current used
     
  17. Pong20302000

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    well on my DS PHAT (yes i know, if it aint broke why upgrade it)
    battery it seems to last forever
    and i have a 32gb micro SD card

    dont think it should affect battery
     
  18. RedBaron

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    Yes it sure does and what brand you get also determines how hungry they are, brand X and fakes are the worst, I find Kingston as being very good to use, I had a fake Kingston once, it flattened the battery in 1 hour and boy did the flash card get hot, so watch out
     
  19. Overlord Nadrian

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    Hahaha.

    No.

    It doesn't affect the battery life.
     
  20. CannonFoddr

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    so IMHO having a bigger card doesn't seem to draw any more power than a smaller one.

    The 'Brand X' type card MAY have some truth behind them though - because of cheaper less tolerant materials used then it's possible that cheaper knockoff may need to access several more times before a successful read/write is achieved

    EDIT: FYI - with DSi (fully charged), Brightness FULL, Volume LOW, running 'Metroid - Zero Mission' intro only (i.e. idling) through NDS-GBA with default settings
    Got red light after only ~2h30m - although still waiting for 'flat battery' (Time permitting I'll be trying it out with DSi+Brightness 'Low', and DSLite+Brightness high/Low as well)

    EDIT 2: Just got flashing red light on DSI @ ~3hr17mins - died shortly after that @ 3hr20mins