Battery life

Discussion in 'CycloDS' started by Iceclaw, Jan 19, 2009.

  1. Iceclaw
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    Iceclaw Advanced Member

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    Now, I've only got an 8gb microSDHC card, so I can't do any direct comparisons, but I'm wondering if approximately 5hrs with battery saver enabled on brightness setting 0 (NO WIFI play) is normal?

    I've only had the DS lite since Christmas, and the flashcart a couple of weeks at the most.

    Is there anything I can do to increase my battery life? I already don't use sleep mode opting rather to in-game save and then turn the cartridge off.

    I've heard some people saying that 10-13hrs is easily attainable on this brightness setting and wondered if purchasing an microSD card would net me these kinds of battery life gains?

    (Running firmware 1.51 on my CycloDS if that matters)
     
  2. unz

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    Wow. 5 hours with screen brightness on zero is well ...pretty bad.

    The only other things I can suggest are to turn the DS volume down as much as possible - or off altogether, if you can tolerate silent gaming.
    If you have one, remove any slot 2 card that might be charging its battery from the DS battery while you play.

    Non HCSD MicroSD cards are dirt cheap these days, so yeah, I suggest you pick one up for testing. Here in Australia, I can snag a Sandisk 1GB for about $10 - in the US, it'd be even less. If the battery still dies after 5 hours with the smaller microSD, I'd be thinking about replacing that too - they don't cost very much anyway.

    * If you choose to buy a new battery, I use and recommend one of these. The pack includes a rather nice charger and a screwless replacement battery cover. In the US, the same pack is available, with Blackhorns branding. Most likely, you can get one from your local Walmart or similar big box store.
     
  3. Iceclaw
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    Iceclaw Advanced Member

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    I've got no slot-2 card :/...
     
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    You can use the battery saving feature thats built in the CycloDS I suggest you update to V1.53.
     
  5. Iceclaw
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    Iceclaw Advanced Member

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    I'm already using that feature in 1.51, Is 1.53 stable? I know I've heard people are having some problems with it.
     
  6. unz

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    I've been using 1.53 since the day it was released with no stability issues.
     
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    Same here. I have not seen anything about stability issues.
     
  8. wilddenim

    wilddenim Candy!

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    I've had the problem with this when I got my CycloDS, is your sound high? This affects the battery life. I usually have it off and the brightness is on 1. That lasts me about 10 hours.

    EDIT: I'm on 1.53 - no problems with it.
     
  9. Ericthegreat

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    Battery Saver makes games (if they wouldent already) like POR and the world ends with you (from what ive heard in a cs near the beggining) freeze
     
  10. Isaiah

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    wow im going to dash over to kmart tommorow and pick up a few of those sexy futuretronic accessories