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Low Battery Life On My New Zune 120

by cambodianbacon / May 12, 2009 10:34 AM PDT

I purchased a zune 120 and the battery lasts about 3 to 4 hours only playing audio with wireless off. I think its because i did not let the battery fully discharge after fully charging it while putting music on it.

I know its a lithium ion battery that supposedly has no "memory effect" issues. So my question is: Is there any way to re-calibrate the battery? I read that all you have to do is fully charge it, then let it die, and it'll be fixed. is this true?

an answer would be greatly appreciated.

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by make_or_break / May 16, 2009 4:21 AM PDT

Though I admit your 3 to 4 hours is on the low side. My own Zunes (30 and 80) are notorious for their inability to reach their rated battery charge life (though it's closer to 6 and 8 hrs...on a good day).

I'd say that in your case that you have a particularly bad battery. Bad batteries happen. If I were you, I'd simply take the Zune back and demand a new one, assuming that you didn't buy it all that long ago.

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by 1shado1 / May 17, 2009 5:37 AM PDT

3 to 4 hours on a charge? Make sure your backlight is set to 5 seconds, as it uses a lot of power. I get about 13 hours from each of my 2 Zune 30GB models (one upgraded with an 80GB drive).

Here is the procedure for recalibrating the battery, which may help:


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by 1shado1 / May 17, 2009 5:42 AM PDT
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Also make sure to completely shut oo your Zune when not using it by pressing and holding the back button + down on the directional pad simultaneously until the screen goes black. Pressing and holding the play/pause button until the screen goes black only puts the Zune into sleep mode, which still uses some power.

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