M3 switched - Battery life problem

Discussion in 'M3 Adapter' started by apoc_reg, Apr 27, 2009.

  1. apoc_reg
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    Hi Guys,

    I recently went from this:

    M3 lite, Passme, 2gb sd with firmware 1.34

    to this:

    M3 ds real, GBA expansion pack, 8gb sd with sakura 1.35

    My battery life is now about 1/3rd of what it was with the old M3 lite. Any idea what causes the extra drain?

    Cheers guys
     
  2. Golin

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    Perhaps you accidentally made the screen brighter during the switch?
     
  3. The Jackal

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    If you have the GBA-expansion inserted in your DS it will drain your battery faster, even if you're not using it, e.g. playing a GBA-rom.
     
  4. Vulpes Abnocto

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    This has been my experience as well.
     
  5. Archimdae

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    Yar, that GBA expansion is a little energy sucker. Make sure when you pull it out that you don't leave the head in or it can get into the blood stream and....wait thats a tick...dang they are so similar.
     
  6. Golin

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    What about the Rumble Pack? Will it put a drain on the NDS when you don't use it?
     
  7. DeltaBurnt

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    Yes it's the same for the rumble pack as well but I don't think it drains as much as the GBA.
     
  8. Finishoff

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    Never really knew that the second expansion slot would drain power from the system. Guess I should remove it whenever I am not playing a GBA game.
     
  9. demitrius

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    People say the GBA expansion drains, but I still find my battery life significantly short with just the M3. I think it's an effect of flashcarts in general.
     
  10. DeltaBurnt

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    Demitrius, I thought the same thing. I was getting maybe 4-5 hours. But then I turned down the brightness setting to one it lasted a really long time for me.
     
  11. Archimdae

    Archimdae GBAtemp Regular

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    It's true, all of us have noticed a shorter battery life (there are 6 of us) just using the M3. But it's not nearly as drastic as when the GBA expansion is in.
     
  12. DeltaBurnt

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    But I mean it;s not like it's just the M3, most flashcarts do that.
     
  13. Vulpes Abnocto

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    Makes me wish I'd gotten a Cyclo with an EZ Flash 3 in 1.
    The battery saver mode on that rig is incredible.