Battery Issues with New iPod nano?

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I’ve had my new iPod nano for about ten days, and I find it a very good device. It’s small, has decent capacity, and is easy to use in most situations. (I’ll write more about the nano soon, because it’s not always easy to use.)

But something odd came up today as I was using it. I went out for a walk, as I do most days, and walked for about 30 minutes. When I finished walking, I looked at the screen and the battery was almost dead. Now I used the iPod nano yesterday for about the same amount of time, then synced it; every day I do this. I don’t use it for anything else. Given the amount of batter life it’s supposed to have when playing music (up to 24 hours), the fact that it was nearly dead surprised me.

This made me wonder about something essential on this iPod: when does it go off? You see, there’s this button you press one one side of the device to turn it on, and you can press this button while you’re listening to music to turn the screen off. But what about when you stop listening to music, and put it down? Does it go off? If so, when?

I checked on Apple’s forums, and found this thread, where some people suggest making sure that you stop playing music when you finish using the device. I don’t leave music playing, so it’s obviously not that. But something in the nano seems to be using up the battery, even when I’m not listening to anything.

I’ll have to do some more tests – such as stop playing but not sync it when I finish – to see what is happening. Do any of you who have this new iPod nano have battery issues? If so, let me know in the comments.

Follow-up: So I did two tests over two days. On one day, I started playing a song, then paused it and let the iPod nano go off. On the second day, after charging the device, I left the nano on the main screen, with apps in view. The first time, the battery when down significantly, and the second the battery meter still looks full. So it seems that there may be a battery issue if you leave an iPod nano in pause mode with the Now Playing screen visible. More testing is necessary…

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5 replies
    • Ouzo001 says:

      I actually have been having problems with the battery life on my 6th generation nano. The 1st day I used it, I fully charged it and went outside for a run using the Nike+. It went dead after only 20 minutes. I fully charged it and the next day the same thing happened. However, when I ran inside on the treadmill, the battery lasted a lot longer. I exchanged it for another none and once again, while running outside, it went dead after only 40 minutes. I know that the Nike+ uses some of the battery life, but draining so quickly is should not happen. If it happens again, I am just returning it.

  1. Alex says:

    Your story sounds almost verbatim to mine. I just purchased the new nano about 2 weeks ago. I am very familiar with the concept of letting the ipod die completely before fully charging it again. I do this every time. However while out walking or running I notice that battery sometimes drops significantly. After much research, this is what I’ve found out to be true with these new nanos:
    1. Lowering the screen brightness greatly improves battery life (by at least 3 to 5 hours more)
    2. Try putting songs on a playlist instead of “song jumping”-or navigating through the ipod to listen to different songs. The more you change screens and hop around, the more this drains the battery.
    3. Try not to plug the ipod into the computer unless you really are adding or erasing music and content. Every time you plug the ipod into your computer, you are essentially charging it, which I think causes glitches with the “battery life meter” on the ipod. That is, you might have more life than you think even though the meter is in the red. Weird I know, but it does happen.

  2. Francesc says:

    I’m too having issues with ipod nano 7th generation….. battery life is not what they promised…. I have backlight reduced to nearly minimum and still I find the battery dies after about 6-7 hours of use. Someone suggested to Restart/Reset/Restore to fix battery problems… I need to test if there’s any improvement doing that.


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