11-11-2009 10:30 PM
How about making a version of the Clip+ that is slightly thicker, but has 2-3 times the battery life of the Clip+? Many love the Clip+, except for the somewhat short(12 hours or so) battery life. If this could be doubled or tripled by just having the player be slightly thicker, it would imo be well worth it.
I wonder how many people carry a second Clip+ with them since the battery life of the Clip+ isn't long enough. Using a 16 GB card and swapping the card from one player to another would be interesting except for the time to rebuild the database. It would be so great if there could be an option on the Clip+ and Fuze to disable tag browsing(thus eliminating the wait time to rebuild the database when a card is swapped).
11-19-2009 11:13 AM
So many people love the Clip and Clip+ but some are so very frustrated by the short(12 hours or so for many in real world use) battery life, and modify their player into an ugly mess just to get longer battery life.
11-22-2009 11:28 AM - edited 11-22-2009 11:29 AM
Ah, the joys of production constraints. The Clip+ has slightly less battery capacity, 290mAh, versus the Clip's 330mAh LiPo battery. Yet, despite the increased demands placed upon the machine by adding µSDHC support, SanDisk discontinued the famous blue ring light for the new Clip+, removing a major power consumer in the interest of conserving power.
The resulting power savings helps considerably, but I do note that the Clip+ consumes electrons at a regular pace. Of late, this rate is increased by my personal habits, as I test out possible ways to kill the wee beastie. I'm not having much luck in this endeavor, as the initial firmware is quite stable, I'm happy to report.
If you'll recall, my preference for the Clip+ involved increasing the depth about 3mm, as growth along "the Z-axis" is far less obtrusive with this happy form factor. I would love to see a deeper battery mounted in the future. And the slightly increased heft adds to the quality feel of the device, I must admit.
The best alternative to gnarling up your Clip, as shown in the ABI photos, is the wee Duracell USB power pack, now that's a nice little device. I also like the Macally USB power pack, the smaller of the two, that looks like a little "brownie". I like the Macally because it satisfies my need for wee status lights and other cool controls.
Message Edited by neutron_bob on 11-22-2009 11:29 AM
12-27-2009 02:00 PM
After looking at the disassembly of the clip plus on ABI, it seems that it wouldn't have been too difficult for Sandisk to have increased the clip plus' length by half an inch. The battery is flat and rectangular. One that is half an inch longer could increase battery life by 4-5 hours in my estimation. (Just judging from size alone.)
The display could also be longer too and that will allow for the addition of another line to show the time.
12-30-2009 03:16 PM - edited 12-30-2009 03:29 PM
The Motorola BR50 battery seems slightly smaller than the clip+ in 2 dimensions, and half the thickness of the Clip+ without the Clip. By increasing the thickness of the Clip+ by less than 50%, they could have a version of the Clip+ with the 710 mah BR50 battery rather than the current battery. Since the current 290 mah battery in the Clip+ gives around 12 hours of play time, a version of the Clip+ with a BR50 battery in it rather than the current battery would give around 29 hours of play time.
Message Edited by JK98 on 12-30-2009 06:29 PM
01-27-2010 06:05 PM
My Clip+ also doesn't last very long between charges - about 6 hours seems to be typical - and the charge indicator is just wacky. This is an 8Gb player bought in the UK in December 2009.
+1 from me on the idea of making the Clip+ a little bigger so the battery lifetime can be increased. In fact I wouldn't mind if they made it as much as twice as big. My Clip+ is so small and light (or maybe my hands are so big and clunky) that it's hard to tell whether I'm actually holding it. I'd be pleased if it were a little heavier, and maybe longer [... ]
PS: see my post here : http://forums.sandisk.com/sansa/board/message?message.uid=139967#U139967
for the rest of my opinion on battery lifetime.
01-28-2010 07:01 AM
Me too . . .
Oh wait, I was thinking of something else! Never mind .