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Will the amount of play time on the 3DS actually affect battery life? I know that the 3DS consumes more battery power when you have 3D turned up fully, Wi-Fi on, power saving off and max brightness, but what I'm asking exactly is: since the 3DS battery is Li-ion, will it actually benefit the 3DS' battery if I use up juice or is it better if I go for the conservative side?

Seeing as the iPhone 4 also uses a Li-ion battery. Me and my mum have the iPhone 4 and hers is better in terms of battery power. Her one can last for several days even with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Location Services, Push Mail on and even her brightness setting is almost at max. On the other hand, I've set mine up so I can save as much battery power as I can but when I try to leave it overnight with Wi-Fi, Push Mail, Notifications on, when I wake up the battery is at 50% already!

So, again, is it better for me to use up the battery or just conserve it?

BONUS: Does the 3DS battery run out more quickly based on how high the 3D depth slider is set or does it only impact the battery when the 3D is enabled, regardless of the depth setting?

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R2DJ said:
Will the amount of play time on the 3DS actually affect battery life? I know that the 3DS consumes more battery power when you have 3D turned up fully, Wi-Fi on, power saving off and max brightness, but what I'm asking exactly is: since the 3DS battery is Li-ion, will it actually benefit the 3DS' battery if I use up juice or is it better if I go for the conservative side?

Seeing as the iPhone 4 also uses a Li-ion battery. Me and my mum have the iPhone 4 and hers is better in terms of battery power. Her one can last for several days even with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Location Services, Push Mail on and even her brightness setting is almost at max. On the other hand, I've set mine up so I can save as much battery power as I can but when I try to leave it overnight with Wi-Fi, Push Mail, Notifications on, when I wake up the battery is at 50% already!

So, again, is it better for me to use up the battery or just conserve it?

From http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/five-tips...attery-life/289
Allow partial discharges and avoid full ones (usually)
Unlike NiCad batteries, lithium-ion batteries do not have a charge memory. That means deep-discharge cycles are not required. In fact, it’s better for the battery to use partial-discharge cycles.
There is one exception. Battery experts suggest that after 30 charges, you should allow lithium-ion batteries to almost completely discharge. Continuous partial discharges create a condition called digital memory, decreasing the accuracy of the device’s power gauge. So let the battery discharge to the cut-off point and then recharge. The power gauge will be recalibrated.

Sounds like your iPhone's battery power gauge needs to be recalibrated.

QUOTE(R2DJ @ Apr 4 2011, 01:25 AM) BONUS: Does the 3DS battery run out more quickly based on how high the 3D depth slider is set or does it only impact the battery when the 3D is enabled, regardless of the depth setting?

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On or off only.
With 3D on it has to render two images. The level of the slider just determines how far apart those images are rendered.
 

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imo its better to conserve it
captain obvious states: the more you use up the battery and recharge it, the less the overall battery time will be over time

about the 3d slider: can't say
but i don't notice any real changes to fps when changing the 3d effect, only when i turn it on or off
so i guess it won't
 

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spiritofcat said:
There is one exception. Battery experts suggest that after 30 charges, you should allow lithium-ion batteries to almost completely discharge. Continuous partial discharges create a condition called digital memory, decreasing the accuracy of the device’s power gauge. So let the battery discharge to the cut-off point and then recharge. The power gauge will be recalibrated.

Sounds like your iPhone's battery power gauge needs to be recalibrated.
Hmmm...well this one's a bit different than what Apple says. Apple says to discharge at least once a month, so that would mean a discharge every 30 days. This one however says that the battery should be discharged completely after every 30 charges, which isn't necessarily 30 days. I've been doing this since last year. Guess I'll apply a change of phase and do a discharge after 30 charges instead of 30 days.

I'm also using the app "BatteryDoctor Pro", where I can just plug it in and it does a full cycle charge. It tells me to run the app and charge it when it's at least below 20%. So every 30 days I let the iPhone discharge completely, plug it in, run the app then leave it until it's done. Also, after it gets to 100%, it does a 10 minute trickle charge.
 
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