M3 real battery use

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Oct 22, 2008

M3 real battery use by GameFreak_020 at 2:03 PM (2,466 Views / 0 Likes) 19 replies

  1. GameFreak_020
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    The m3 Real really uses way too much power. With an official game I can play for 10 hours, but with the m3 only 5 hours. Now I read cyclods is coming with some kind of battery saver feature in their next firmware update v1.50. Anyone knows where I can ask the M3 team to consider putting such a feature also in the m3 real firmware? I tried contacting through m3adapter.com, but they always give half answers. read the announcement of cyclods below.

    By the way, according to the review here on gbatemp the m3 real uses only about 6% more power. That's a major difference with my findings.


     
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    Well... All flashcarts use more battery life than official game packs. That's one of the costs of using one. What brightness setting are you using?
     
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    Brightness level 2 and sound on 50%
     
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    I wouldn't know why then. Those are pretty much the settings I use and I think the battery life is fine. Another factor might be how old your battery is. For contacting the M3 team... I wouldn't know either. You might have a harder time with them because they "don't speak English as well".

    I don't see how you got the 6% thing though.
     
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    It's mainly because they use extra power to read from microSD...

    But, it's not so drastically for me..I loose an hour at most! I'm always on second brightness level..
     
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    try taking out whatever you have in your gba slot.
     
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    Then how long does your battery lasts before you have to recharge it?
     
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    You get longer battery power use without the GBA Expansion Pak in - assuming you have it in.
     
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    No I am not using any expansion pack in the gba slot

    What I also wanted to say is that its not impossible to reduce the battery use if you look at the improvement of cyclods just by updating the firmware.
     
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    I think the bigger issue for concern is that the M3 uses full power even in sleep mode.
     
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    My DSlite works about 8-9h with m3 real (brightness level 2). If i use m3real+slot2 exp pack - i get about 6-7h.
     
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    It does? [​IMG]
    Crap, that's bad. Really bad. Kinda kills the whole purpose?
     
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    how are you guys getting 10hrs?

    I only get 5-6hrs with level 1 brightness...
     
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    I don't know to be honest, I've read many complaints on that, but some people said that they don't have problems either, I don't know on what it depends..

    I have 9-10 hours with level 2 brightness without a problem (but without GBA expansion)
     
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    Maybe it depends on PCB version, i have first, CP2.
     
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    I mailed m3/g6 team and they said they took notice of the battery use and the possibility of improving it with new firmware, YAY! [​IMG]. I thought i would never reach them!

    By the way what is PCB?
     
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    How much DS do you play that you can't plug it in before you sleep? If you're playing your DS for Six hours in any normal day, there's a much larger problem.
     
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    i think the main reason will be the state of peoples batteries
    do you tend to play whilst charging? that lowers overall battery life
    do you charge before it has no power left? i think that lowers battery life too
    do you leave the charger in after it is finished charging? pretty sure that lowers battery life also

    to try and fix this, charge your DS to full, and drain your power however you can, you need to get to the stage where you can't even get past the first warning menu before it switches itself off
    then charge it again, but take it out when its charged
    repeat this process, and your battery life will slowly increase



    unless i am hugely mistaken, then feel free to tell me so
     
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    You're hugely mistaken. The DS uses a Lithium ion based battery. What you say is *sorta* true for Nickle-Cadmium batteries. The DS's battery works best if you never let it go to low power. It doesn't lower the battery life to play while charging. Finally, most modern electronics have a switch that will stop the current when the battery is full, so leaving the charger connected doesn't change anything, no matter what type of battery you have.

    and now you know.

    Leaving the expansion pack in the GBA slot only drains the battery further if the tiny little power source in there needs it. If you leave the expansion pack in while charging your DS, and don't use it, it wouldn't drain the battery much (if any) more. On the other hand, the Sakura firmware uses the expansion pack by itself, so it's kind of a moot point.
     

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